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I was in Ecuador just over 2 weeks ago and had a fantastic time. My time was spent in the Choco area of the Northwest. The bird life in this area is incredibly diverse as is the flora and fauna. This area gets plenty of rain and you will see evidence of this in many of my images.

Here are some of the still images I took on this trip. My main goal for this trip was to learn video. Until this trip, I really hadn't tried video as I was overwhelmed by the thought of learning video processing. I took plenty of video and have been slowing learning the basics of processing. I have added some videos to my Instagram page and will continue to add as time permits to learn and process.

My 2nd goal was to capture images and video of the Club-winged Manakin. It is such an interesting bird that is challenging to find and photograph. It can be found in the dense/lush cloud forest in western Ecuador and Colombia. Males form areas called leks where they dance around displaying to get the attention of females. It makes musical sounds by raising its wings and shaking them back and forth. My goal was accomplished and I look forward to producing/editing videos of a male dancing around. I just need time and improved video editing skills.

Thanks for checking out these photos.
Jason





# 1 Plate-billed Mountain Toucan

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/5.6    1/500s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







#2 Club-winged Manakin (Male)

  ILCE-1    840mm    f/5.6    1/250s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#3 Toucan Barbet

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/5.6    1/640s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







#4 Collared Aracari. Young being fed.

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/3.5    1/1250s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







#5 Guayaquil Woodpecker

  ILCE-1    840mm    f/5.6    1/320s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  







#6 Golden-olive Woodpecker

  ILCE-1    840mm    f/5.6    1/640s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#7 Lineated Woodpecker

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/4.0    1/1600s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







#8 Sparkling Violetear Hummer

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/3.5    1/5000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







#9 Andean Cock-of-the-rock

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/2.8    1/160s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  







#10 Blue-capped Tanager

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







#11 Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/4.0    1/400s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  







#12 Slate-throated Redstart

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/4.0    1/400s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Feb 12, 2024 at 05:01 PM
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A few more...





# 13 Giant Antpitta

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/2.8    1/320s    5000 ISO    0.0 EV  







#14 Ochre-breasted Antpitta

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/4.0    1/320s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#15 Crimson-rumped Toucanet

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/5.0    1/400s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







#16 Blue-winged Mountain Tanager

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/6.3    1/500s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  







#17 Collared Trogan.

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/2.8    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







#18 Golden-faced Tyrannulet

  ILCE-1    560mm    f/4.0    1/1000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







#19 Collared Aracari in flight

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  







#20 Maroon-tailed Parakeets

  ILCE-1    600mm    f/4.0    1/640s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#21 Great Anshrike

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  







#22 Black and White Owl

  ILCE-1    400mm    f/2.8    1/5s    8000 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Wonderful captures. That Sparkling Violetear looks like a young one. Very impressive post processing.

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wow what a lovely series Jason. superb



Feb 12, 2024 at 05:08 PM
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Beautiful images of colorful birds!

"A few more..." does not have any more.

Dave



Feb 12, 2024 at 05:13 PM
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Wow Jason !!! Amazing set ! Easy vote for me.

John



Feb 12, 2024 at 06:44 PM
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Wonderful images, Jason. My wife and I are going to the Galápagos Islands in June - is the Choco area reasonably easy to get to from Quito? I've read about unrest in the country - how did you find it?

Steve



Feb 12, 2024 at 07:02 PM
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Remarkable set. Each one a pleasure to view.


Feb 12, 2024 at 08:12 PM
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Your colors and poses are excellent, Jason, with just the right amount of saturation!
Douglas



Feb 13, 2024 at 06:56 AM
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So many beautiful birds and so well presented. Excellent ! Love #20
Gary



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Superb, varied set Jason. I shot professional video in the 1970s and 80's and then lost interest. It was very different back then with large cameras and real to real recording. I also ran the switcher for live editing and TD calling the camera shots. It's so different today. Video editing is very time consuming yet can be rewarding

Morris



Feb 13, 2024 at 07:27 AM
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Fantastic series of photos Jason! Love #4 in particular.
So much diversity compared to Ontario!
Thanks for sharing.

Richard



Feb 13, 2024 at 07:45 AM
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Wonderful shots, I also am curious how you found the political situation there having been there previously in 2018 and loving it. It's such an amazingly beautiful place, hopefully they can tamp down the violence.


Feb 13, 2024 at 09:05 AM
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Stunning sets !

Ronny



Feb 13, 2024 at 12:16 PM
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Stunning set

Beautiful birds.

If I was to pick one, that would be # 19

Thanks for sharing

Lil



Feb 13, 2024 at 12:27 PM
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Many gorgeous images, Jason. Well done.
Rex



Feb 13, 2024 at 12:53 PM
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Wow the details are stunning!


Feb 13, 2024 at 04:55 PM
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Voted. Superior quality Jason.👍👍


Feb 13, 2024 at 05:26 PM
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Pitter wrote:
Wonderful captures. That Sparkling Violetear looks like a young one. Very impressive post processing.


Thanks Peter. I bet you get to see many of these species where you live.
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kdacharya wrote:
wow what a lovely series Jason. superb


Thanks KD.
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dclark wrote:
Beautiful images of colorful birds!

"A few more..." does not have any more.

Dave


Thanks Dave. Your response came before I had time to add images to the 2nd set.
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johnohio wrote:
Wow Jason !!! Amazing set ! Easy vote for me.

John


Thanks John
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Blueridger wrote:
Wonderful images, Jason. My wife and I are going to the Galápagos Islands in June - is the Choco area reasonably easy to get to from Quito? I've read about unrest in the country - how did you find it?

Steve


Thanks Steve. I spent most of my time in the San Miguel de los Bancos and Mindo area. It is very easy to get to the area although some of the photo locations require a 4x4.
I'm glad you asked about the unrest as I meant to mention it in my post. I didn't see any signs of unrest it was very peaceful. When gunmen stormed the TV station on Jan 9th I didn't think I would be departing for Ecuador on Jan 19th. Between Jan 9 and 19th I spoke to many of people in Ecuador and I was assured things were normal and peaceful in the area I was going. I wasn't in Quito for long but it also seemed peaceful. Regardless of where I travel I'm always 'on guard' and take extra precautions. I heard of a number of people who canceled trips to Ecuador only to regret it after receiving accurate information from those in the country rather than relying on news headlines.
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probishaw wrote:
Remarkable set. Each one a pleasure to view.


Thank you.
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douter wrote:
Your colors and poses are excellent, Jason, with just the right amount of saturation!
Douglas


Thanks Douglas. I do appreciate the saturation feedback as I'm never sure how much is too much.
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
So many beautiful birds and so well presented. Excellent ! Love #20
Gary


Thanks Gary. #20 is special for me.
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morris wrote:
Superb, varied set Jason. I shot professional video in the 1970s and 80's and then lost interest. It was very different back then with large cameras and real to real recording. I also ran the switcher for live editing and TD calling the camera shots. It's so different today. Video editing is very time consuming yet can be rewarding

Morris


Thanks Morris. So far, I'm really enjoying video and am glad I finally went for it. There's probably no turning back now.
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RichP42 wrote:
Fantastic series of photos Jason! Love #4 in particular.
So much diversity compared to Ontario!
Thanks for sharing.

Richard


Thanks Richard. Yes, so much diversity and colour. We don't get a lot of colour in Ontario during the winter.

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Bobby V wrote:
Wonderful shots, I also am curious how you found the political situation there having been there previously in 2018 and loving it. It's such an amazingly beautiful place, hopefully they can tamp down the violence.


Thanks Bobby. I agree, Ecuador is an amazing place. So much to see and the people are very welcoming.
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Ronny Olsson wrote:
Stunning sets !

Ronny


Thanks Ronny
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Lil Judd wrote:
Stunning set

Beautiful birds.

If I was to pick one, that would be # 19

Thanks for sharing

Lil


Thanks Lil
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surgemaster wrote:
Many gorgeous images, Jason. Well done.
Rex


Thanks Rex
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Photokina123 wrote:
Wow the details are stunning!


Thank you.
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Ted ellis wrote:
Voted. Superior quality Jason.👍👍


Thanks Ted!



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