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Blue-crowned Mot Mot

Image # 1D2_02464

Grounds of the Orquideas Inn

 

Canon 70-200L/f2.8 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 400, f/8, 1/250 second

Manual Metering, 550EX at 0 (FEL used)

Handheld

 

On our last morning in Costa Rica, several of us went searching for Mot Mots. Our guide had indicated that they were present in this region, and that we might be able to find some. My wife went out on her own and spotted one, and a little later several of us joined her in trying to find it again. Cheryl Medow found it, and we spent time before (and after) breakfast, shooting it. Initially it was sound asleep, with its eyes closed, making for very 'dead' looking pictures. We actually had a heck of a time waking it up. It wouldn't respond to any kind of noise, but after we struck the trunk of the tree it was perched on, it reacted to the vibrations, and opened its eyes. After we shot it there for a while, it woke up more, and flew off to a variety of other trees and branches. We followed it around, getting shots as we could.