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Boat-billed Heron

Image # 1D2_05088

Tarcoles River


Canon 600L/f4 IS, with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/800 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


We have seen numerous Boat-billed Heron on previous trips, but they were typically enshrouded deeply in bushes and trees, and getting a clear shot has been difficult to impossible. As we toured by boat down the Tarcoles River, we came across this individual, perched on a branch, completely out in the open. I took way too many frames (well over 100!), which made it tedious and time-consuming to narrow down to a few representative shots.