Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The colorful Blue Rock-Thrush

For the past couple of weeks, I've been noticing this beautiful migrant hanging out in a certain area along the Bued River. But each time I tried to get near the bird, it flew away before I can acquire it in my viewfinder.
 
This afternoon's stalking session turned out differently, to my pleasant surprise. The bird wasn't so shy today.... perhaps it has settled in and became more familiar with people going around its territory? I got within full framing distance while it was perched on a mound of river gravel, with distant foliage as background (this melted nicely given the thin DOF of the wide open 400 2.8 IS + 2x TC). The afternoon light (around 3:25 pm) had started to turn golden and this enhanced the colors of the bird's plumage.
 
I wish the bird will give me more shooting opportunities, particularly with a photogenic perch, in the coming weeks and months, before it goes back to its breeding place overseas sometime in May.

Disclosure - no pixel was thrown away in the making of this image, as it is an uncropped full frame. :)
 
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Blue Rock-Thrush (Monticola solitarius, migrant, female)

Habitat - Rocky exposed slopes, road cuts, and along rocky streams and rivers. 
 
Shooting Info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, September 22, 2015, Canon 1D MIV + 400 2.8 IS + 2x TC II,
800 mm, f/5.6, ISO 160, 1/1250 sec, 475B/516 support, manual exposure in available light, uncropped full frame resized to 800 x 533 pixels.
 

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