Sunday, July 8, 2018

Scarlet Ibis II

SCARLET IBIS, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/800 f8
ISO 1600

A fairly prosaic photograph at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia had a busy, distracting background. A little work in Lightroom to darken and obscure the distraction transformed the photograph into a striking one. Journalistically this technique is a no-no, for it alters the reality a news photograph is intended to capture, but artistically it's quite permissible.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Indian Peacock



INDIAN PEACOCK, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018


Pentax K-3
Right: Pentax 55-300 at 300mm, 1/2000 sec. f8, ISO 1600
Below: Pentax 18-135 at 40mm, 1/500 sec. f8, ISO 1600

Native to South Asia (and the national bird of India), the Indian peafowl has been distributed around the world and has been found in the wild even in Canada.

This specimen at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia was utterly unafraid of humans and remained aloof even when Trooper, my service dog, expressed interest in sniffing him.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Great Egrets

GREAT EGRETS, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Both:
Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm

Above: 1/250 sec. f8, ISO 1600
Below: 1/6400 sec. f8, ISO 1600

The Great Egret, also called Common Egret, Great White Egret or Great White Heron, is one of 11 species of the water bird found all over the world.

It's distinguished from its fellows by its size and black legs and feet.

These reside in the Aviario Nacional de Colombia just outside Cartagena.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Blue and Gold Macaws

BLUE AND GOLD MACAWS, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/800 sec. f8
ISO 200

This common species of South American parrot (this one was photographed at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia) ranges from northern South America up through Central America. Widespread, noisy and long-lived (60 plus years), it's frequently kept as a pet in U.S. homes because of its striking plumage and quickness to mimic human speech.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Scarlet Ibis

SCARLET IBIS, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/2000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

This striking specimen, photographed at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia just outside Cartagena, is a common wading bird in tropical South America and the Caribbean.

Its long bill probes for bugs and crustaceans in mud.

Some biologists think it is simply a color variation of the white ibis instead of a separate species.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sun Conure

SUN CONURE, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/4000 sec. f7.1
ISO 1600

There are so many species and subspecies of orange, yellow and green parrots in Central and South America that I was unable to find a photograph of an identical (and identified) parrot in either my bird books or on the Internet.

But a visitor at this blog identified it as a Sun Conure, or Sun Parakeet, a popular pet in U.S. households.

I photographed it at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Muscovy Duck

MUSCOVY DUCK, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/1250 f8
ISO 1600

Native to Mexico, Central America and South America, the big, homely (and spectacularly smelly) Muscovy duck is sometimes kept as an exotic species on farms in the United States. Its flesh tastes stronger than that of the usual domestic duck, and some locavore restaurants bravely serve it. This example lives in the Aviario Nacional de Colombia near Cartagena.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Northern Screamer

NORTHERN SCREAMER, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/1000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Another of the curious birds at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia, the Northern (or Black-necked) Screamer is a gooselike species mainly native to the riverine lowlands of Colombia. Its numbers are small, and it is one of the loudest birds in the world.

That's probably why few zoos and aviaries feature them.



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Black-crowned Night Heron

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/1250 sec. f8
ISO 1600

One of the more interesting denizens of the Aviario Nacional de Colombia is this two-foot-tall, stocky, short-billed, short-necked wading bird that is common throughout most of the world but not often seen except at dusk or dawn, hence its name. Although it looks hunched when resting, its neck extends in flight or when hunting.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

White-faced Whistling Ducks

WHITE-FACED WHISTLING DUCKS, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/2000 f8
ISO 1600

These two apparent lovebirds are named for their clear three-note whistling call, which can be quite noisy. They are found in South America and Africa, and it is not known which continent they originated upon. They are denizens of the Aviario Nacional de Colombia, one of the great aviaries of the world.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Caracara

NORTHERN CRESTED CARACARA, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA, MARCH 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/2000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

I captured this striking member of the falcon family at the Aviario Nacional de Colombia just outside Cartagena last March and am only now getting around to posting photos of the visit.

The aviario, an hour's drive to an island southwest of the city,  is worth anyone's trouble, and we were there on a morning's excursion from a cruise ship.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Booby aloft

BROWN BOOBY,  NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN OFF PANAMA, MARCH 30, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 120mm
1/800 sec. f9
ISO 400

Boobies, especially the brown subspecies, like to soar near and over the bows of cruise ships, accompanying them for miles and miles along the Pacific coast of Central America. It's hard to understand why, because they never get any table scraps. Maybe they just want to be companionable.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Interdiction

MEXICAN PATROL BOAT AND FISHING BOAT, CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO, APRIL 6, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 150mm
1/1250 sec. f8
ISO 400

We had a front-row seat on our cruise ship when this Mexican coast guard vessel approached a fishing boat off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to check for drug running, common in that area. The fishermen pointed to their lines and floats in the water, and after a brief interrogation the coast guardsmen sped away.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dawn in the Caribbean

DAWN IN THE CARIBBEAN, MAY 26, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135mm
1/500 sec. f8
ISO 200

When I swept open the curtains of our verandah cabin on the Holland America Line's Westerdam, bound out of Fort Lauderdale for the Panama Canal, this sight greeted me, and I rushed back inside for the camera. The ship is the Norwegian Cruise Line's Epic, an aptly named 4,100-passenger behemoth with twice the capacity of our ship.