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Attended University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
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Pic for Today: Keel-billed Toucan
I missed a decent shot of a Toucan in Honduras so one of my goals for Panama was to get one! In Panama I had the advantage of a longer reach (2000mm equivalent on the Nikon P900), and Toucans at lower elevations…but even so it was day 3 before I found one perched within range. Then I had to crop slightly for scale. “Had to” is too strong. I decided to crop to increase the size of the bird in the frame. All in all I am happy with the results. With better weather I am sure I would have seen a lot more Toucans, but this one will do! Thank you Panama. Thank you Tranquilo Bay Lodge. We found this bird along a rushing river in pasture land on the mainland across from Tranquilo Bay. This is an odd perch…most of the time the Toucans stayed high in the trees. This one perched about 15 feet off the ground for long enough for me to catch it. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.
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Hi Stephen,
I am really impressed with what you have achieved with the P900 despite the fact that there is no RAW image available. The low ISO shots specially seem very clean and crisp.
I am in half a mind to get one, your posts are helping me to make that decision.
Thanks :)
BTW, can't read your review. The link returns an error.
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Pic for Today: White-faced Capuchins
On the run this am, on my way home from Panama, but just to compete (kind of) the Tranquilo Bay experience, two White-faced Capuchin monkeys from the Traquilo Bay tower. :)

Nikon P900. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.
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Pic for Today: Three-toed Sloth
The poor Sloth has gotten a bad name…or rather the Sloth’s name has be used to name one of the least desirable of human characteristics. I think. I would hate to think it was the other way around. Just imagine if the Sloth had been named the “Leisure” or the “Relax” or even the “Sleepy”…the Sleepy Bear…how great would that be! For the Sloth anyway. This Three-toed Sloth was high in the canopy at the local chocolate farm, across the channel from Tranquilo Bay Lodge…one of the regular tour destinations from the lodge for a variety of more mainland rainforest birds…birds that do not cross the water to Tranquilo Bay.

You could see the Sloth in a zoo, but it is very different seeing it in its native rainforest!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/80th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.
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Pic for Today: Poison Dart Frogs! (worth a click to see it large)
There is a spot on the bigger island, closer to the mainland, in the Bocas Del Torro archipelago, where a number of color morphs of one species of Poison Dart frog coexist. This is unusual. It is not a place you are going to find, or to want to go, unless you are with the excellent guides at Tranquilo Bay Lodge. And there is a second species there as well. (The black and yellow frog is the second species…all the others are the same species.) These are tiny frogs…not the Amazon Poison Dart Frogs you have seen on Nat Geo. They are about a half inch long at best. They hop about in the leaf litter all over the forest floor. The black and yellow frog has a large cluster of tadpoles on her back. She is ferrying them high into the canopy, where she will deposit them in a bromeliad. She will then tend and feed them until they morph into frogs, at which point they will then climb back down to the forest floor to live and breed. Very interesting!

Because of the low light under the heavy canopy, I had to use the flash for all these images, and because of size of the frogs (and how fast they are), all the images are cropped from full frame. Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Phototastic Pro.
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Pic for Today: Masked Tityra
Despite heavy rains, I am still having lots of fun at Tranquilo Bay. The birds are right here off the deck, and yesterday I got to photograph poison dart frogs for several hours and we made it out to a Manakin leck to see males displaying and defending their little patches of bare earth in the jungle. Great stuff! This is a Masked Tityra, one of two Tityras in the area. Such a bird! About the size of a robin and related to the tropical flycatchers. You might see the overall resemblance to our Kiskadee.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.
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The palm trees on the grounds of the Riande Aeropuerto hotel here in Panama City are full of what might be orchids (?) in bloom. Many different varieties. 
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Pic for Today: Shining Honeycreeper!
I have over 1000 images from my 6 days at Tranquilo Bay Lodge and the surrounding area in Panama…and those are only the keepers! This is a Shining Honeycreeper taken from the deck at the main Lodge building on my second day there…in a moment of lighter rain. You can see how wet the bird is. The rain was not typical of the season. April should be the beginning of the dry season, but the rains had ended early this year, and the Lodge, which exists totally on collected rain water, was in need of some rain to fill the tanks. (And I was glad I could help…I told them to just let me know the next time the tanks got low, and I would come down so it could rain for a week :) The Shining Honeycreeper is one of three Honeycreepers that frequent the rain-forest around the Lodge: Shining, Green, and Red-legged. The Shining and Red-legged look very much alike, except for the legs, and the Green is not green at all (at least not the male) but a lovely turquoise with a black mask. All of the females are some shade of green, from olive for the Red-legged to leaf on the Green. They are all relatives of the Tanagers.

Nikon P900 at 1500mm equivalent field of view (cropped slightly for scale). 1/30 @ ISO 900 @ f6.3 (which makes this shot totally unlikely! Handheld at 1/30th? Not possible! The Nikon P900 not only survived the tropics, it exceeded all expectations!) Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom.
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Pic for Today: Blue Morpho!
Yesterday Jim and Alvero from Tranquilo Bay Lodge took me across to the mainland to explore an old banana canal and river by boat. The canal passes mostly through forest and is a rich habitat for all kinds of birds and wildlife. Unfortunately the mouth of the river had been blocked by floating vegetation (Water Hyacinth) so we did not get to the ducks, waders, River Otter, etc., but this butterfly alone would have been worth the trip.

There are several species of Blue Morpho butterfly, varying in size from 3 inches to 8. This one appeared to be in 6 inch range. If you have ever seen a Blue Morpho, it is an unforgettable sight. They have, as noted, huge bright blue wings, and they fly with the slowest possible wing-beats…appearing to float lazily over the low vegetation, just about never lighting. And when they do light, they close their wings to show a brown cryptic pattern with just a touch of blue showing at the wingtips. It is so rare to see one perched open like this…so very rare…that I feel incredibly blessed to have been in the right spot at the right moment. Most of the open wing shots you do see are posed at a Butterfly House…this is a wild, free-flying Blue Morpho! How great is that?

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro tablet.
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Another Poison Dart Frog with tadpole from Bocas Del Toro Panama and Tranquilo Bay Lodge. Nikon P900. More at my Pic for Today post.
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How we are feeling in Panama right now :) Female or young male Blue Dacnis, Tranquilo Bay Lodge.
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Thanks for showing us the color diversity of these wonderful creatures that always bring a smile into each day.
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Pic for Today: Blue Dacnis
After lunch we set out to find the Manakin leck, but we never got off the deck of the Lodge at Tranquilo Bay. Between migrants coming through in good numbers (warblers and flycatchers that I will seen in May in Ohio), and the native tropical birds there was just too much to see and photograph. The light was not at its best…but what a delight. There can not be many places in Central America that are better for bird photography than the deck at Tranquilo Bay. :)

This is a Blue Dacnis, the male. The female is not so intense but more colorful…with much more green on the body and a turquoise head. The daughter of one of the partners in the Lodge calls this bird “bluest of the blue”. I can see why.

Nikon P900 at 1600mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th at ISO 400 @ f6.3. Processed in Topaz Denoise and Lightroom on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.
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Pic for Today: Dawn light on the marsh...
I am posting this morning from Panama City, Panama. By day’s end, if all goes to plan, I will be at Tranquilo Bay Lodge, and will be there for a week. One last shot this morning from Kennebunk (for the time being). This is the first sun as it strikes across the marsh at the mouth of Back Creek, behind the dunes at our local beach.

Nikon P900 in Landscape mode, with multiple exposure Noise Reduction turned on. 24mm equivalent field of view. 1/125 @ ISO100 @ f2.8. Processed in Lightroom.
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