Species: Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher | Location: Masoala, Madagascar
I had just walked out of the shower early one morning in my cabin. The cabin had shutters but no screens. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something bright orange. I slowly turned and saw this beautiful bird. My cameras were ready for the new day. I picked up the tripod and inched my way closer to the shutters until the lens could get the bird without the shutters. Luckily the bird was sitting perfectly still and I was able to get one shot with a slow shutter speed before it flew off. That was the only time I saw this bird on the trip, so I felt really lucky to have had the experience.
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.
See more great wildlife images on Marian's photography website.