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Pygmy Kingfisher

Image # 1D4_00032

Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero, Costa Rica


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/250 second, 550EX at 0 EV

Aperture Priority at 0 EV

Gitzo 1329/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This was my first sighting and shooting of a Pygmy Kingfisher, with the conditions challenging.  Once again, in fairly deep shadows, with little natural light, so flash was pretty much necessary.  To avoid the background going completely dark, I kept the ISO fairly high to maximize ambient light contribution to the exposure.  One definite downside with using flash is the "steel" eye, or redeye, which I had to take care of in Photoshop.