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A bird very much on top of my wish list and I managed to 3 as well as the Resplendent Quetzal at the same time ;-)
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Love watching these graceful birds
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One of the painfully shyest birds of the UK. Earlier this year I went to Romania just to get my first photograph of one after trying for 5 years in this country. Typically after spending all that money to go there, I get this one closer to home. Managed about 200 shots over 3 days ;-)
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Perhaps I got to close? Cropped a bit, but not much. It was a wonderful experience to see this beautiful bird up close in the wild.

Resplendent Quetzal
San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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It's always nice when you hear a bird and your guide tries so hard to find it because he knows that you will love it. And then, you end up walking right in the path of the same bird later on in the day. We had the best looks you can possible ask for with this Trogon, we were in the middle of primary rain forest, so light was minimal and my lens is slow but I'm still satisfied with both the photos and the beautiful close ups we got with the scope.

Black-throated Trogon
Corcovado National Rainforest, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM


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My entry for #Bird-Photography's Angry Birds contest. This Wren was making his alarm call because an outdoor cat walked by. He was NOT happy.

Carolina Wren
Vestal, New York
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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I pulled back a bit for this shot. A bird with such cool full body plumage deserves more than just a head shot. :)

San Antonio Zoo
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A profile shot of a Red and Yellow Barbet at the San Antonio Zoo. After seeing the Bearded Barbet in Europe, I was excited to come back and see this guy right at the local zoo. Such a gorgeous, colorful bird.
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I was going to hold off on posting this a bit till I got some other pictures from Costa Rica up, but what heck, I'll just do it now. :)

This is a Magnificent Hummingbird, and while it isn't quite as magnificent in this shot as it can be ([link]), I think it actually works better for the overall color scheme as it is.

These birds are among the most common species in Costa Rica, particularly in the upper altitudes where this individual was photographed. I had had to lie with my back at about a 45 degree angle against a wet hill for around 90 minutes before this guy was comfortable enough to come back to his perch. And just to complicate matters, it was starting to get dark too, so the pressure was on. ;) Thankfully, hummingbirds are creatures of habit, and they tend to revisit the same places over and over, so it was only a matter of time. :)
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Black and yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) , shot in Panti Nature Reserve, Johor, Malaysia.

Some of my bird photographer friends called it the 'cartoon' or 'toy' bird because of its striking colors...black and yellow feathers with a pinkish breast, bright yellow eyes and aqua colored beak.

Commonly found in tropical lowland forests such as this one was shot in. Unfortunately as with many other forest birds its existence is threatened by habitat loss.

Full view please.
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The broadbills are a family of small passerine bird species found in tropical southeast Asia, with a few species in Africa.

Broadbills are brightly coloured birds that feed on fruit and also take insects in flycatcher fashion, snapping their broad bills. Their habitat is canopies of wet forests, so despite their colours, they are difficult to observe.

Their nest is a purse-shaped structure built in a tree, into which typically 23 eggs are laid.

The photo shows a Silver-breasted Broadbill (Serilophus lunatus), which was taken in the highland forests of Bukit Tinggi hill, Peninsular Malaysia. This male was observed collecting bits of leaves, twigs and various objects as material to build its nest. Here it holds a leaf in its mouth before flying back to its nest.

Part one of a series. Fullview recommended for best details.

Info on broadbills taken from Wikipedia.
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Silver-eared mesia, a montane species living in the highlands of Malaysia. A very colorful bird. This one was shot at Fraser's Hills.
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Marzaiola
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Litorale romano
11-2012
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Cattle Egret landing
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By far one of the most colorful birds in the world and I am lucky enough to have them in my back yard!!! This Painted Bunting was one of 7 I had in my yard in at the same time. But I have yet to get them in the same frame at the same time. This weekend my feeders were very busy.
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It is quite violent watching young waterbirds get fed. They are always fighting each other and to watch the feeding of young anhingas makes your throat hurt just watching. They fight to see who can shove their entire heads down the throat of the parent to feed. They have very sharp bills too I cant imagine the sore throats that the parents get once the little ones fledge.
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A beautiful Malachite Kingfisher preening in soft morning light.

This photo is Copyrighted. Morkel Erasmus Photography. All rights reserved. No unauthorised use allowed.
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Bluethroated Swallows in South Africa.
You can join me on safari in 2013 - [link]

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You may share this image as presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
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Sometimes in nature photography, things just work out perfectly. I stopped to photograph this Secretary Bird in the Kalahari...it was standing in the long grass.

The next moment it took a quick running start and took off flying RIGHT AT ME! I focused, tracked and fired, hoping the depth-of-field would be enough. The light was sweet, and so were the images!

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The Red-Billed Leiothrix is one of my favorite birds at the National Aviary.
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Sandhill Cranes are large birds, but one doesn't realize just how large until they extend their wings fully. This pair was photographed at Grays Lake, ID.
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Gouldian Finches surely win the prize for sheer flamboyance and admixture of gaudy primary colors. This one was photographed at the National Aviary.
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Gilles Felten 2012
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Gilles Felten 2012
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Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
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Gilles Felten 2010
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This is something worth sharing. Not because the subject, but because this was shot with a Nikon D4, f4, 1/500 at the incredible setting of 12800iso.
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This is my favourite subject for the last days...
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