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The Three Thrushes of That Thick Tree Over There

Say, if you had to thumb through the three thrushes of that thick tree over there, which would come up trump? Would it be the pensive Cocoa Thrush?             Or the faraway-focussed White-necked Thrush?             Perhaps the bold eyes of the Spectacled Thrush have got you?             And yes, all three thrushes were photographed in the same tree, a powder puff (which is a beautiful local tree to have in your yard by the way, and birds,...

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I Never Thought I’d Say This, But…

Could the words "green" and "pommerac" go together, within a single sentence, and have a positive meaning? Before I get into that, I just googled "pommerac" and found out that that word stems from pomme Malac, which is French for "Malayan apple" - as it is actually native to Malaysia. I always thought it was native to T&T, as our avifauna seems to never be able to get enough of it. I guess they eventually learn to adapt and recognize that which is edible (and tasty), just as they have also done with the Mango. Anyway, a fruiting pommerac tree I observed some time ago seemed to have a resident...

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Black + White = Grey

Continuing from my previous posting that outlined the depth of black, I'm sharing with you some images of birds that aren't all black. The most commonly mixed colour with black is well, white. (I'm saying this while using a mousepad that has a Golden-headed Manakin on it) There's something about black on white, or white on black - whichever way you see it - that conveys elegance, sophistication and class. Aside from that, sometimes a splash of white can be the defining point of identification of a species. An extremely brief view of a black bird swooping into an adjoining valley only makes it onto...

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Choose Your Background Wisely

It's also called perspective I believe. Something rather philosophical can be included in this post. But, take it how you will. I made all of these images in a suburban area, with lots of buildings around. It's a good exercise to put oneself in a not-so-ideal situation, and see what can come out of it. The sky is perhaps the best (and easiest) option.             Even houses may not be such an eyesore for a natural looking image, you'd just want to avoid any straight edges that are tell-tale human creations. I converted this in black and white...

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Take Me to Outer Space

Over the weekend, a nighttime stroll in the forests of the Northern Range revealed a previously hidden, alien world - to us at least. We're all aliens somewhere else, right? I've maintained over the years that once you look through a macro lens, you will never see things the same way again. For starters, even on a quiet night (as it was on Saturday night) close inspection of any microcosm within the forest encourages nature to raise her curtains. Slowly, things begin to take shape. Odd shapes I must say, but shapes nonetheless. What seems to be a disc with eight legs is actually a Harvestman....

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Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are still very much a grey area for me, there is a staggering degree of diversity within our country alone. Might be hypocritical of me to say that the differences are too subtle for one to perceive easily, but scientists have been discovering new species even in recent times. Which is testament to how difficult these little ones are to identify and classify! For a complete novice like me, the easy ones are the obvious ones, a flash of brilliant blue can only mean one thing.           I had only previously seen this Blue Morpho (also known...

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Gore Obsessed

We know animals eat, some eat plants and some eat other animals. To witness predation however - no matter how small or large the scale - is always a fascinating few seconds. You're witnessing life being snuffed out (sometimes rather cruelly) to provide life for another creature. Over the carnival weekend I was making attempts to photograph Black-crested Antshrikes at a known hotspot for these odd looking birds, but luck was not kind to me that day. Although close by, they never ventured out into the open. It was almost as if they knew how the image would look through my viewfinder, and they just...

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The Square

Just a couple of years ago, you wouldn't catch me alive or dead using that dreaded 1:1 ratio - but then there was Instagram. It forced me to start looking through square eyes at my already existing images. If that wasn't bad enough, there was my calendar. At the end of 2015 we decided on putting out a calendar for the following year, and guess what, the design dictated that each image would be - you guessed it - square. Over the course of 2016 I eased into a special relationship with this particular aspect ratio, and gradually I started visualizing my end product as a square, sometimes even before...

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Golden Five Minutes

It's been a hectic week, I've been preoccupied with things that didn't involve birds, photography or any combination of those two. So let's just say it hasn't been an ideal week :-). Finally got around to process a few images from the week before - in particular from one afternoon we spent with another flock of migratory birds. I've been talking about Dickcissels quite frequently recently, and with good reason. They're literally all over the island. There are large flocks in both the north and south of the island, and each day they depart (in spectacular fashion) in search of food, returning to their...

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Trogon and Come Back

I never put much thought into it, but when I finally did, I realized that I do enjoy terrible puns. When it comes to actual Trogons, though - they're always the cause for lots of excitement in the bush. Here in T&T, we have three species, two of which I observed sitting on the same tree some time ago. And when I say sitting, I do mean just resting on their feet, these birds have terribly small feet, and can barely hop along a branch without using their wings. Smallest of the three is the Guianan Trogon, a male pictured here. I usually prefer my subjects looking into the frame, but with the dreary...

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