Trinidad & Tobago - p 3
Images were prepared using screen settings of 1024x768, and are
best viewed with those settings. As usual, the name of the bird can be seen by placing the cursor over the photo.
Meanwhile, back at the veranda, more colorful
birds pose for us. Just before I headed off for a bacon and omelet
breakfast, a nice Violaceous Euphonia, another relative of the tanagers, popped
up just off the balcony. Overcast light made for saturated colors.
Antbirds make up a large group of birds in the New World tropics. The name
comes from the fact that they follow army ants and pounce on insects trying to
escape the blitz. Most antbirds are quite shy and found only in the
rainforest gloom, not a good recipe for getting a photo. Around the lodge,
however, can be seen one of the more cooperative species, Barred Antshrike.
let's not forget the hummingbirds. Out in the forest, Rufous-breasted
Hermits feed at heliconia flowers, while handsome White-necked Jacobins battle
over the mimosa blooms. Closer to the veranda are Black-throated Mangos,
Blue-chinned Sapphires, White-chested Emeralds (love those names!) and commonest
of all, Copper-rumped Hummingbirds.
The best hummer of all, however, is at first
glance inconspicuous. He's a tiny little sprite that only appears around
dawn and late in the day, almost too late for photography. Only when you
get a good look do you realize how remarkable is the Tufted Coquette - a bird
with whom Nature's imagination seems to have run wild. He feeds on lantana
In the shade of the evening I must open the lens to f5.6.
Even at 1/250" his wings are a blur. The smaller the hummingbird, the
faster do their wings beat.
he slightest movement sends the male coquette zipping out to perch on a
limb, again providing a chance to admire his distinctive plumage.
Among many shots at a (far too) slow shutter speed, one is acceptably