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Bare-throated Tiger Heron eating Iguana

Image # 1D2_06703

Carara National Park


Canon 100-400L/f4.5-5.6 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter at 560mm

ISO 400, f/8, 1/640 second

Manual Exposure

Bogen 3449 Monopod/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

The little lagoon is our usual turning around point during our Carara hikes, and we often see Boat-billed Herons and other wildlife there.  We were pleasantly surprised to spot this Bare-throated Tiger Heron at the far end of the lagoon, having just caught an Iguana.  I usually don't bring my 600L/f4 lens on these hikes, because of its size and weight, but definitely could have used it for this shot.  I put the 1.4x II TC on my 100-400 and did the best I could.  This still represents a fairly small crop of the original frame, which further limited image quality.  But I included it here anyway because of the uniqueness of the action.