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Tropical colors!

Posted by campossallesfotografia on 19 de October de 2010

When I guide birdwatchers in the Atlantic Rainforest often the most wanted birds are the LBB’s, or the little brown birds. Endemics like the Salvadori’s Antwren, Serra do Mar Tapaculo, Slaty Bristlefront, Brown-breasted Pygmy-Tyrant, etc. However when I guide photographers things are radically different. They all focus on the most attractive species, the colorful ones – not necessarily the most rare ones. Fortunately some of these species often visit fruit feeders at lodges and house yards in the forest, and so they become easier targets for our lenses.

The gorgeous male Violaceous Euphonia below was photographed during a recent tour to Ubatuba, in the Atlantic Rainforest. I love how their back plumage graduates from violet to a deep blue with the right light. And the contrast with the rich yellow from underneath is amazing. When shooting rainforest birds I also find it very important to pick the right background color – green in this case.

Violaceous Euphonia

This was shot with a Nikon D700, Nikkor 600mm f/4 AF-S lens on a banana feeder setup.


4 Responses to “Tropical colors!”

  1. Lovely, lovely image, Octavio. I enjoy getting notices in my email that you have a new entry on your blog because it always means another great image to look at! Has the jaguar trip taken place yet?


  2. Oh, i forgot to ask: what in the world is a banana feeder setup?

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