BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY in ECUADOR – Sony a7RIV + 200-600

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY in ECUADOR – Sony a7RIV + 200-600

January 13, 2020 71 By Peter Engel


morning everybody welcome back to the
channel and as you could have seen from the title and thumbnail and from the
background behind me welcome to Ecuador we got here yesterday
afternoon and we were hanging out on our porch
pretty much for two hours because once we got up here this is our room right
back here once we got up here there was just bird after bird new
species new species and it was just incredible it was probably hands down
the best birding experience of my life so I’m excited to expand on that explore
some of the new habitats around and hopefully get some more birds because if
the rest of the trip is anything like it was yesterday we’re in for a real treat
today’s video I don’t do any tests or tutorials I just want to go out and try
to see as many species and show you guys as many species as possible so after the
hike I’m going to take you guys over to the hummingbird feeders I’ll show you
guys those they’re incredible it’s ridiculous how many hummingbird species
there are and how many individuals there are that show up to those hummingbird
feeders so I’m pretty sure I’m guaranteed to get some nice shots out of
that if I don’t get any good shots out of that something is horribly wrong with
me but I’ll show you guys those and then I’ll show you the fruit feeders and
there’s also a nice little not really a river but it’s kind of just like a
little small water fountain I saw a few tanagers landing at so I’m
gonna scope that out hopefully get some photos there I’ll just show you a bit of
the property show you around and hopefully get some great photos so stay
tuned for today I’ll be using the Sony 200 to
600 with the Sony a7r4 and Emily over there is using the a73 with the 100 to
400 I don’t think we’re gonna swap lenses too much today today is just more
to get a lay of the land and once we get a better understanding
of where everything is probably in the next upcoming days we’ll keep swapping
lenses just so I can test the 100 to 400 with the a7r4 so I’m incredibly excited
so far it’s been amazing here we already walked in about 500 meters and we keep
stopping every few feet because there’s another bird that pops up so so far it’s
looking great if the rest of the trail is like this it should be a pretty
awesome day so stay tuned for some forest birds and I’ll see you guys soon so far the jungle has defeated us and
that’s one of the reasons why I love photographing in the jungle nothing is
easy nothing is given to you you really have to work for every single photo you
take so so far nothing too great but we did just hike up to this scenic view of
Mindo right up here behind me I’m gonna slowly start heading back now make our
way down the trail and hopefully get back to the cabins and start
photographing some birds around the cabin area that seemed to be where there
was the most birds even when we first caught up to trail like I talked about
in one of my previous video the Ecotones right before we got into the
jungle habitat that’s where those the most birds so we’re gonna hang around
that area see what we can get you just got back from the hike and I changed my
shirt because it was all wet from the hike and I looked outside and now it’s
starting to rain so it was expected in the rainforest you’re expecting to get
wet not really a big deal and hummingbirds in the rain are probably my
favourites so I’m gonna run over right now show you guys the hummingbird setup
and start taking some photos see you soon so here are the hummingbird feeders
and what’s great is right behind it all these trees the hummingbirds are gonna come
to the feeder they’re gonna feed and then they’ll land in these trees so you
can get some really nice head shots of the hummingbirds when they’re at the
feeders then you can get some when they’re perched and sometimes in some scenarios
when there’s enough light you can get some in flight while they’re flying to
the feeders so you can really get all three types of shots that you could want
for hummingbirds the reason I’m sitting on the ground is I want it to get nice
and low I’m using these beams here as a bit of a blind and shooting through the
posts right here and this is where mostly all the birds are perching
right now and I’m able to get a little bit lower down to their eye level
instead of shooting from up high and shooting downwards which there is still
a few nice photos that I made from that height that I’m realizing that the
photos from down here are a little bit better there’s one reason
while I love photographing hummingbirds in the rain and I’ll show you why so these are the fruit feeders that they
have out back they have a couple over here and then one more off the left over
here my mind is actually blown just look at how crazy these species are like
isn’t that the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen that’s a golden Tanager
oh my gosh it’s it’s ridiculous that these are feeder birds here you know
back home you have Juncos and chickadees and Cardinals which are
beautiful in their own way but men this many colorful birds in one place is is
mind-blowing it’s ridiculous I’m over the moon right now as I just finished
saying how crazy that colors are on some of these birds the Blue-necked Tanager
shows up and look at this one I mean if you showed me these birds a few years
ago I’d be like yeah yeah those are fake these aren’t real birds you’re kidding
me the colors on that are ridiculous when I first got into bird photography I
think the types of shots I was after was a bird on a clean branch with a clean
background and that’s the type of shot that I’m trying to avoid on this trip it
is a little bit more difficult now because I just got here and all these
species are new so I’m really trigger-happy and I’m just photographing
as much as I can but I’m not thinking as much about composition as I should I
think in a few days that’s gonna wear off and I’m gonna start thinking about
composition a lot more and what’s the point of coming to this beautiful
country with all these beautiful plants trees and vines
if you don’t show them in your photos and you don’t get those in the photos
because if you just have a photo of a bird on a bare branch you could have
taken that anywhere there’s not really any indication of where you were in the
world so I’m trying my best to try to incorporate some of the foliage and
vines and everything into the photos and I think I’m gonna do a better job of
that in the upcoming days but for now I’m a little bit trigger happy as I said
I just quickly scrolled through some of my photos I have a rule here
no chimping in the field I don’t want to waste time because it was usually a lot
of birds around so chimping wastes a bit of time takes your eye away from what’s
happening in front of you so I didn’t want to chimp in the field but now that
I’m back I looked over my photos really really quickly and man what a day it’s
crazy how many species there actually are I’m sure most of what I saw was
common but I’m just so thankful that I was able to experience this it’s only
day one so I’m hoping I’m gonna have 17 other days like this for the rest of the
trip so hard to film videos here because as I’m filming this in my peripherals I
see all these birds flying around and I want to look because it’s like oh what
if it’s a new species and I need to bend anyways it’s really hard for me to focus
anyways I hope you guys enjoyed this video a day of birding in Ecuador I
didn’t think it could be this awesome but it’s everything that everybody told
me it was and more so I’m over the moon and I’m looking forward to the content
that I’m gonna create here it’s for the rest of the day I’m probably just gonna
ID some birds that I took photos of that I’m not too sure I’ll probably edit some
photos look at the footage and definitely go into town and get some
South American food because it is so good from the jungles of Ecuador I’ll
see you guys in the next video happy birding