Red-billed Scythebill

Shy bird

Viewed 21 Times

This is one of the more interesting birds we photographed in the Darien of Panama in April of this year. A Red-billed Scythebill, an uncommon bird even there. He is also very shy so difficult to see and certainly to photograph. He uses the long curved bill to pry under pieces of bark to search for insects. Fortunately for us, he has a very distinctive cry, so our guide, Oscar Fria, was able to detect him and set us up for photos. Difficult environment to shoot-LOTS of vines, leaves, etc, and a bird that would not sit still, this is the best shot we got (of 300 taken in 15 seconds). Shot with a Canon R6, 100-500 lens at 500 mm, SS 1/400, ISO 5000, EC of +0.3. Processed in PS with BG reduced and bird slightly brought up. Hanging piece of vine over head of bird cloned out.

Report Image

You must be logged in to view this form.

Please Login to comment
1 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
Leegramas Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Notify of

What a wild looking bird!