Saturday, September 26, 2015

A reunion with the Golden-bellied Flyeater

I can't go out to bird as often as before, so I haven't seen this tiny bunch of feathers (4 inches total length) in a long time. Every now and then though, I hear its distant, unmistakeable, loud song.
 
This individual was silently flitting from branch to branch in the mango tree at my mother's backyard while I was staking out the newly arrived Brown Shrikes. I tried for many minutes to catch it in my viewfinder, but its perpetual motion made worse by its tiny size and the low light under the canopy made acquisition and focus very tough.
 
I was of course stubbornly persistent to catch it, and in the end I was allowed a brief 8-fps burst. With the 400 2.8's IS, I can use a shutter speed of as slow as 1/20 sec at static birds, but I pushed my Tv to 1/125 sec to have a chance of freezing the active target. This meant using ISO 1600 on the ancient, "noisy" 7D. One shot in the burst turned out sharp enough, and I was rewarded with a heads-up pose, with the wide open 800 mm combo doing a good job in melting the busy background.
 
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Golden-bellied Flyeater (Gerygone sulphurea, resident)
 
Habitat – Open country, second growth, mangroves and even in residential areas.
 
 
Shooting info - Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union, September 21, 2015, Canon 7D + 400 2.8 IS + 2x TC II,
800 mm, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/125 sec, 475B/516 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop resized to 800x640.
 

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