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Sunbittern in Flight

Image # 1D4_00121

River near Plantanillo, Costa Rica


Canon 600L/f4 IS

ISO 1000, f/4, 1/6400 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

As can be seen here, the detail and coloration on the wings when they're in flight is just spectacular.  But trying to get them with their wings spread, in the open, in decent light, was extremely frustrating!  I definitely didn't get the shots I wanted this time around, unfortunately.  This one was taken as they flew far away from us (the EXIF data is shown as "Infinity" so I'm guessing it was at least 300 feet), and had to be cropped significantly.  Others in the group were able to get some closer shots which were quite impressive!