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 Rufous Potoo
13-JAN-2008 Tom Munson

Rufous Potoo

Gareno Lodge Ecuador

In the birds of Ecuador guide book they describe this bird as (very rare)
I feel very fortunate to have been able to photograph it even though
at only a 1/20 of a second. It's dark in the jungle.

Canon EOS 40D ,Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/20s f/4.0 at 420.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
akleja22-Mar-2008 09:21
Amazing bird! It looks like a head with a tail on! Excellent capture!
Jeanne Dammarell22-Mar-2008 04:54
This is an amazing bird, Tom, and you got amazing exposure on it. Goodness gracious, this is beautiful.
Debbie Blackburn Beierle21-Mar-2008 06:13
Leave it to you to find this rare bird and better yet get a photo of it!! Nice work with exotic bokeh!
Char21-Mar-2008 00:32
Hi Tom,
How wonderful and interesting. I'm so glad you captured a shot of it. \/
Enny20-Mar-2008 08:29
beautiful, excellent dof, lucky you.
Jean D20-Mar-2008 00:47
Wonderful that you were able to get such a great shot of a rare specimen, Tom! Congratulations!! ~V~
Carol Breton19-Mar-2008 16:18
You did a great job capturing this very unusual and rare bird Tom. Great image. V
Peter Ericsson19-Mar-2008 13:35
Apparently the Gareno Lodge is the most reliable site for this bird. It's got some amazing colors and shape. Looks timid. I know it can perch for hours and is very approachable.
I would have felt as you, blessed indeed. Tx for sharing it with the world!
Kathy Pedersen19-Mar-2008 13:22
What a lovely capture, his back and foreground almost looks like a painting. V
Carole Stevens19-Mar-2008 12:34
Isnt he fabulous, what a gorgeous little bird, love his colouring and the feather detail is so sharp!
Nestor19-Mar-2008 12:09
This is my first sighting of the lovely bird.
Excellent composition and very nice resolution and bokeh.
john savage19-Mar-2008 05:12
Another really cool bird Tom. Good shot. I bet you felt like a kid in a candy store over there with all these birds we never see in our little world.
January Grey19-Mar-2008 04:53
Fascinating little bird, and a wonderful capture, Tom. V~
Keith Rankin19-Mar-2008 03:44
Very cool and intriguing bird, very unique, wonderful capture V
Hank Vander Velde19-Mar-2008 01:54
Terrific capture Tom under poor light and at 1/20 sec. V.
James Prudente19-Mar-2008 01:37
Terrific job on a tough subject in extreme conditions.
Yi Feng19-Mar-2008 00:56
Great capture of this interesting looking bird, Tom! V
Sam Rua18-Mar-2008 23:36
Wow. Congrats on a great capture of such a rare find.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography18-Mar-2008 22:25
Very nice and original, Vote.
henrywong18-Mar-2008 21:41
Wonderful bird! Excellent shot at 1/20 sec Tom. V!
Manas Khan18-Mar-2008 20:57
Excellent capture! V
Manas Khan18-Mar-2008 20:31
Excellent capture! V
Larry Peterson18-Mar-2008 19:19
Tom great capture thanks for sharing such a rare bird.
Katie Chew18-Mar-2008 19:17
Excellent! V
bob_r18-Mar-2008 19:00
What a terrific find and capture! Excellent work, Tom.
Marco Valk18-Mar-2008 18:02
excellent; vote
Brinn MacDougall18-Mar-2008 17:49
Not an easy catch, you did a great job on this rare bird, thanks for sharing..v
Jay Levin18-Mar-2008 17:44
An exceptional capture, Tom. It must have been very still for you. Love the color and markings, the eye, and the setting. Vote
Gayle P. Clement18-Mar-2008 16:54
Fascinating bird, Tom. You were so fortunate to see him and capure this image.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad18-Mar-2008 16:45
It must be thrilling to get a shot of a rare bird like this. Congratulations.
Ed Goodnight18-Mar-2008 16:37
fantastic capture, Tom
That eye reminds me of an owl
Bryan Murahashi18-Mar-2008 16:07
Fabulous find and capture. Congrats and GMV.
Sofia Solomennikova18-Mar-2008 15:57
an owl* :)
Sofia Solomennikova18-Mar-2008 15:56
A magnificent capture of this rare bird! It looks half an own, half another bird. V
SageCreek Images18-Mar-2008 15:13
Nice image Tom..
Sure has a strange body shape..
Congratulations on getting a picture of one..voted
Bob Foisel18-Mar-2008 15:13
Great capture, he looks like a drumstick with eyes. V.