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Oilbird

 

Oilbird, Asa Wright Nature Center, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
 

© Judd Patterson (Photo #3804)

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 500mm f/4L IS at 500mm
Date: February 27, 2010
Location: Asa Wright Nature Center (Trinidad)

Comments: This is a rare natural light photograph of a roosting Oilbird. I was lucky to find a bird near the entrance to its cave, so a little natural light was trickling in. I focused carefully and did a 1.3 second exposure at ISO 3200. Thankfully the Oilbird stayed very still! These are fascinating birds. In fact they are the only nocturnal, fruit-eating bird in the world.

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