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A Big Wet Steups

For those unfamiliar with Trinbagonian parlance, a "big wet steups" is an emphatic expression of disapproval, frustration or disgust. Or pretty much anything in-between. On a recent mission, a gorgeous male Silver-beaked Tanager flew in close, so close that I could see his eyes from where I sat. Low light, no problem. I slowed my shutter to 1/30th of a second to get that rich red colour. A little flash to bring out the detail on the water droplets. Only one very small and completely insignificant issue.             He stayed right in that location...

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Oh, Hummingbirds!

It's completely understandable why this particular group of birds has captivated the eyes, minds and hearts of people ever since they were discovered. Even though scientists had been observing birds for centuries, it was only when the Atlantic was crossed word started to spread about these tiny jewels that could be insects, but probably might actually be birds. They are of every conceivable colour, and even some in-between. And one bird can flash different colours at will. Although I can't say that hummingbirds are my absolute favourite family, but they are definitely fun and easy to photograph....

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Seeing Yellow

Avian nomenclature is a funny thing, it is. It may not be a really great thing at times, but I can assure you, it's always providing a chuckle here and there. Neglecting¬†the tired jokes about tits and boobies, oftentimes the names of birds can leave the viewer with a few questions. Colour is a key ingredient in many birds' names, and usually it seems spot-on. Well, sometimes. Yellow-bellied Elaenias are common throughout T&T, and very rarely show any hint of yellow. Trust me, it's there, somewhere.           I think the craziest colour-themed...

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