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Keel-billed Toucan

Image # 1D4_00027

Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero, Costa Rica


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/800 second

Aperture Priority at 0 EV

Gitzo 1329/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This exquisite Toucan was spotted quite high up in the trees - the EXIF data for this shot shows it to be about 95 feet away!  There was a part of the tree trunk in front of this bird that was partly covering the back of its head, which I cloned away.  Also, I shot this at ISO 3200 - this is one of the benefits I was hoping for by moving to the 1D Mark IV - getting less noisy images at higher ISO levels.  Now it must be acknowledged that downsampling to web-sized resolution will mask much of the noise, I am still pretty impressed by the noise level, even at the original resolution.