Welcome to the Birding Colombia blog.
The aim of this will be simple! I will use this space to post updates from my tours as they progress along with photos I have taken. I will add comments about how some of the photos were taken and share the good (and bad) experiences I have encountered while photographing birds.
My first tip will have to be: ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CAMERA!
This photo of a Yellow-headed Manakin almost didn't happen. On this occasion I had left my camera on the bus, though in mitigation my focus was to find this very rare and localized species for my client. Having found the this adult male much quicker than expected, and posed perfectly still only a few feet in front of the group I cursed the fact my camera was 100 metres away. Fortunately, the driver was able to run back for me, grab my gear and get back for me to take this shot of a rarely photographed species!
As for the photo itself, light was not great in the understory of the cloud forest, but fortunately for me, the bird sat still enough for me to get the shot with 1/4s exposure on ISO 400.