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Acorn Woodpecker # 1

Image # 1D2_05821

Grounds of the Savegre Lodge


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 2x II TC

ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000 second

Manual Exposure, 550EX/BB at +1/3 EV

Gitzo 1329/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

We were driving down the road from the Savegre Lodge, looking for a nest of the Quetzal, and stopped for a while when one was spotted.  By coincidence, we also saw this Acorn Woodpecker perched on a bare tree, fairly high up, but at least in some decent light, and with blue skies behind it!  This was a rare occurrence!  I decided to let the others keep looking for the Quetzal while I took several shots of this beautiful woodpecker.  The sun was coming from behind and to my left, so the bird was mostly in the shadow of the branch, and I used the flash to try and add some light to the shadowed areas.