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Blue-crowned Motmot # 2

Image # 1D2_05785

Gardens behind the Bougainvillea Hotel


Canon 100-400L/f4.5-5.6 IS at 400mm

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/250 second

Manual Exposure, 550EX at -2/3 EV

ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick/Monopod

This Motmot was actually shot on the first day of the trip, when I was checking out the beautiful and extensive gardens behind the Bougainvillea Hotel outside of San Jose.  Initially, I walked around without taking my camera, having just arrived at the Hotel, but after spotting a Motmot and some other birds, quickly returned to my room and got out some gear to shoot.  Thinking I would likely not spot it again, I was happy to come across this beautiful Motmot.  It was late in the day, and ambient light was fading, so I relied on my flash to bring out its beautiful colors and markings.