Green Violet Ear Hummingbird. Samsung GT-i9300, 6Feb14@0817hrs, 1/500th second @ f2.6, iso 80, focal length 3.7mm through a Swarovski ATX 95 at 70X. About 250′ away, front lighted.
Resplendent Quetzal Female. Samsung GT-i9300, 6Feb14@0744hrs, 1/40th second @ f2.6, iso 80, focal length 3.7mm through a Swarovski ATX 95 at 50X. About 200′ away, backlighted.
Decided that I needed to start digiscoping, that is taking photos through a spotting scope with a digital camera. So I ordered a Swarovski ATX 95 spotting scope and all the bits and pieces that one needed to shoot photos through the scope.
Of course with my luck I was short one small piece to connect my Olympus E-M5 to the scope, and being impatient, I took these two photos with my Samsung S3 smart phone. While not stellar, the are usable for the blog.
These photos were taken on Volcan Baru at about 1950 meters of altitude on the Peterson’s new finca (farm). We were hoping to see the ornate hawk eagle, but he took off the day we were on the farm. There are also reports of a umbrella bird there, and that would be a new one for me. Also sighted on our trip was the bell bird, but missed getting a photo.I will get more up as I shoot them after I get the adaptor ring I need.
Sky Goose, Finca Fincasa. Samsung GT-i9300 cell phone 5Feb14@1829hrs, 1/950sec @ f/2.6, iso 80, 3.7mm
Arriving home at our finca, I saw a very rare “sky goose” …. ok, so use a little imagination. This time of year we get some great “colored” or rainbow skies.
While you in the north are shivering in you boots, down here in Panama we enjoy a bit of birding. Hope you enjoy the photos, as they are shot with a handheld camera, and so are not the sharpest, but still nice.
We bird here in Panama most every month with the Boquete Birders group, and of course watch the birds that come to the feeder at our house and surrounding trees.
We arrived back at the finca just a coffee picking season was starting. Today 20 January we are doing the last of the picking. Picking is hard, manual labor, pickinb cherries one at a time to assure we have only the ripe beans.
Not a bad crop this year, but the “broca”, coffee bean borer, has arrived at the finca. This pest is very hard to control, as the larve develop in the coffee bean and destroy the bean. If left uncontrolled, you can loose 70-80% of the harvest.
We are implementing a trapping campaign, finca sanitation (getting all coffee bean off the ground), and an active fungus to combat the CBB. We shall see next year how the measures work
The avocados and citrus this year was great. High oil avocados gave a taste treat this year. Also this year the citrus was free of medfly larve and Mexican fly larve. Good year for the oranges. Also got the first fruit from the pink grapefruit … promises to be a good producer in a couple of years.
The photos for the 2013 Conepatus adventure are all uploaded. Cannot seem to find the month of September photos, so I guess those will go lacking. If I run across them, I will add them.
Will start working on the photos for the posts that we made over the trip. Finally back home with a good Internet connection for uploading photos.
So as you get “page change” notifications, go back and look at the photos …. and enjoy.
down on wetness in the boat, I do another load of laundry eliminating the soggy piles of clothes. We pull out of the lot right on time.
Traffic along the route into Seattle is moving but crowded. We call Ed and discover they got 2″ of rain last night. Nevertheless the roads are fine and we arrive in Orting a bit after noon.
As usual, we find grandson Cole is with his grandmother. What a changed little man he is! When we last saw him he was just having his first food and could not sit. Now he is gobbling jars of baby food, sitting up and rolling around on his own. He is only days away from crawling with walking not far in the future. He used to look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy but has now lengthened out and slimmed down. The only place he still has real “baby fat” is in his cubby checks!
Ed and Diana have spent more of the summer away than usual – starting with our trip down the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Their garden has suffered for it and Diana is now trying to plan some remedies for problems with their apple trees. She’s also thinking about weeds and plans for next year. In between, she is dealing with this year’s crop of blueberries, apples, tomatoes, cabbage, and zucchini. There’s no getting around it, gardens are a lot of work; especially when you factor in the using and preserving of the crop itself. It really makes me appreciate how amazing modern life is with so many of us spending almost zero time on the basic survival need of obtaining food – something most animals spend almost all their time doing.
We get the boat parked, re-inflate tubes, re-hang the surround in the cockpit and settle in for a good, quiet sleep.
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