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Turquoise-browed Motmot

Image # 1D2_03964

Tarcoles River


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 500, f/8, 1/1250 second

Manual Metering, 550EX/BB at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1325/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


This was another highlight of the trip for me. I had only seen this Motmot species once before, on my first trip to Costa Rica, when it was very back-lit, and quite far from us. This one was perched on some tree branches near the shore of the river, with a second one nearby (see the next shot), and posed for us for quite some time. It was partially in the shade, with some brighter background behind, thus requiring some fill-flash and shadows/highlights work in Photoshop.