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Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) perched on a branch in Ecuador.


I was really excited to find this fellow sitting out on his branch during my second Ecuador Workshop. Although I had seen Potoos on several occasions this was the first time I found one that was in a good setting for photography. Potoos roost completely still during the day so I was able to slap on a 2x converter and manually focus.


These nocturnal birds sure do have a lot of confidence in their camouflage don't they!


Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D

Shutter speed: 1/100 sec

Aperture: 8

Exposure compensation: -1/3

ISO: 200

Focal length: 1000mm (500mm + 2x)

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Taken on February 5, 2011