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Plain Chachalaca

Image # 1D2_06583

Arenal Observatory Lodge Grounds


Canon 600L/f4 IS

ISO 1000, f/5.6, 1/250 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

After shooting the Montezume Oropendola flying behind the Smithsonian building, a few of us started heading back to our rooms.  But as we came around the side of the building, we noticed some very large birds moving around within some trees nearby.  We carefully approached and found a whole family of Plain Chachalaca deep within the tree's branches.  It was extremely difficult to find any unobstructed view, but as I moved around the tree, I located a very narrow 'tunnel' of clearing through which I took this shot.