Archive: » 2016 » December

A Bird In The Hand

Common phrases like the title of this blog post have been everywhere, in the minds and hearts of men for eons. How have they subliminally shaped our psyche? Exactly how much of our thought processes today have been influenced in some way by something we've heard, possibly in passing even, as a child. Where did these sayings originate? What were the circumstances surrounding the birth of these sayings? Clearly they have all come from a time completely unlike the times of the present. Nowadays things have gotten to a point where sooner or later folks may be asking the question "What is an attention...

Read more...

A Bird’s Eye View

Smaller creatures that aren't mainstream cute and cuddly don't usually get much attention from the public. It's sad really, as they are just as much a part of the smooth running of eco-systems as us. And when you shift your focus to the smallest of scales, it becomes apparent that it isn't that small after all. Some of these critters tend to take on their own personality as well - we just don't always see it because we can't see them up close. Also we've been trained to think that certain animals are classified as "creepy crawlies" and are "disgusting", even "revolting". Sure enough, I don't particularly...

Read more...

Two-toucan and Corbeau-man

There are copious quips about what makes a good time, far too many to name here definitely. But a sojourn into the cool forest that cuts the heat of the day with some good friends, good humour and most importantly full bellies fits the bill I'd say. All was well until I heard the faint yet unmistakable call of our only toucan species. Channel-billed Toucans may not enjoy the Hollywood fame of its cousins such as Keel-billed Toucan - but it is by no means lacking in terms of its inherent toucan-ness. There are simply no other birds in the world that can quite come close to these enigmatic creatures....

Read more...

The Trickery of Helios

It always amazes me how much impact the sun has on how we perceive things. After all, everything that we see is just reflections of the white light available from the sun. Save for a few special instances of bioluminescence of course. With the sun lighting the scene evenly, it's relatively easy to figure out how what you see will be rendered on the camera. A Pied Water Tyrant perched in full bright sunlight looks exactly as it did in real life.             Angled light isn't something I usually enjoy working with, as it's mostly touch and go for the most...

Read more...

Pushin’ It

Very often, we as photographers dream of cooperative subjects. Whether you photograph weather, landscapes, people or animals - everyone wishes that conditions are perfect. Loosely speaking when photographing birds, the "easiest" and most basic of situations is your subject in good view and is lit evenly by the brightest light source accessible - the sun. Of course, the ensuing aesthetic requirements eventually factor into the equation. Shooting with a handicap has proven to be tons of fun (unexpectedly so), and even when presented with the aforementioned conditions I still have a phenomenal chance...

Read more...

Bubbles and Friends

On another homeward mission, we were introduced to a lovely couple who were also spending some time in their second home in the forest. Beautiful people, Ian and Lynn Wright - originally from across the pond, artists, conservationists and downright good company - they saw the value of Tobago's wild spaces and how it's in grave danger of disappearing. Together with the incomparable Roy Corbin - to say he's effervescent still isn't apt, you have to meet this man in person to truly understand how much he exudes positive energy - they have established Corbin's Local Wildlife Park in the small village...

Read more...

Gardens of Magic, Pt 2

The sharp eye may have realized that the last post was strangely devoid of feathers. They are, of course, some of my favourite subjects to photograph, and even though I try to convince myself that I really should be aiming my lens elsewhere instead of battling a dark viewfinder and manual focus; I just can't help myself. This post features some avian friends from some of the same "Gardens of Magic" I spoke about a couple days ago. The drab looks of the House Wren are comfortably compensated for by this bird's ability to socialize with humans, at times even intruding into our homes to borrow...

Read more...

Gardens of Magic, Pt 1

With my gear not at 100% functionality, I was very much not motivated to search far and wide in unexplored, untamed wildernesses. Consequently I spent a lot of time at folks' gardens, still sipping my cup of nature on a regular basis, albeit a slightly watered-down version from what I was used to. What I eventually came to realize was that even in supposedly well manicured, civilized gardens in supposedly developed areas - surprises were all around. Could imagine how my jaw dropped when I saw not one - but two Green Iguanas in the parking lot of a school in a relatively built up area. Seeing...

Read more...

Water, Water, Water

Water is one of the more interesting elements to include in one's frame. Water is also one of those words that tend to look more and more different the more you type it. Each of the images featured in today's post either contains water, or was taken near to some body of water. Kicking things off with one of our enigmatic owl species, the Tropical Screech Owl - this very adaptable nocturnal species can be found almost everywhere, from forest to suburban backyards. It is most often (and most easily) seen in relatively accessible mangrove edges along rivers such as the Caroni River. This particular...

Read more...