Species: Sri Lanka Blue Magpie | Location: Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
I was visiting Sri Lanka and had traveled from the north part of the country to the south. We had moved on to the last park included in the trip. We got an early start and arrived in the park. We went hiking, looking for the endemic magpie. No luck. Then we headed back to the registration area and hung out for awhile, waiting to see if anything came. We were lucky and the magpie finally arrived. We were in the jungle under the canopy, and it was dark. I kept increasing the ISO until I could a little shutter speed. Luckily the bird stopped on a branch and stayed relatively still for the shot.
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About The Photographer
I'm an avid traveler who is trying to see as many areas of the world as possible. My goal is to see these environments before they are significantly impacted by climate change. I was shooting Nikon, but switched to Canon in 2014. Macros of flowers and plants were my first SLR subjects, but once I purchased longer lenses I've added birds, mammals and pretty much anything that moves. After each trip I make presentations in the local community, to try to build awareness of these areas and the issues that they face. Hopefully this will encourage more people to contribute to the support of these fragile environments.