My first objective is to get a shot of a new (to me) bird species, then to get ever closer and thus better pictures. More often than not I experience a non-obliging bird taking off even before I’ve been able to point my camera in their direction. Much less reaching focus.

This day had not been very exciting as I encountered few birds, and those I did encounter were either too far away, or took off right after I spotted them. Some were briefly perched high on a branch against the bright sky, which is not usable, but at least a capture and documentation of a species for identification.

This individual was clearly not paying any attention to me, constantly trying to get in a position where the background would be best possible, and thus I was able to move from a position with a glaringly bright sky to a pleasant background of foliage seen in this image.

This encounter was a great end to a dismal birding day, and is an example of how chance and coincidence plays a huge part in encounters in the wild.

That said, I think this bird has more of a blue bib than a beard as beards normally grows out from the face and not the chest…

It sounds like this:

Elevation: 1781 meters

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 1000mm
  • ISO: 4000
  • Shutter speed: 1/80 s

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