Towards Bird Photographers

As you might have probably seen, I do have a passion for photography, and as a photographer, I have explored many aspects of this broad term. Maybe not all of them, but one I do respect a lot are wildlife photographers. Bird photographers, to be exact. I’ve been with some of them and their passion is really off the top.

The way they have conceived photography is to understand not only the composition of a great Humming-bird eating or flying, but they also have to know where they live, what they eat, at what elevation do you find them, the different types of colors of the bird, are they male of female? Are they young, adults or old? These are only some of the things they have to research about before taking a photo of that bird.

Also, going out to take a photo of a bird is actually VERY time consuming. You have to be a very patient person. I would assuming it’s like going out hunting; as far as I know, you have to be amazingly quiet, still, and have to understand the sounds the bird does when they are near. It’s not a game, you are hunting for that photograph. That passion is not for everybody. I’ve only gone as far as consuming myself into the forest with a guide and listening to the environment to take pictures of these great beings.

Some other photographers sit still on a chair with all their environment controlled; with a little branch placed perfectly on the frame and with the background controlled as to where they want the picture done, and just wait. It is an art. And there they can stay for hours just waiting for the right moment.

So I’ll leave some of my favorite pictures of birds I’ve taken through my time as a professional photographer. I’ve been helped and guided by really amazing people such as Alvaro Cubero, a recognized Costa Rican Photographer, Jose Benito Ruiz, another amazing nature photographer, and many different people in different places. To them I say thank you for the knowledge and passion for sharing what they do.

I don’t know the name of all of these birds. If you do, please comment and I will edit.

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Two loving Green Macaw taken at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica.


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The well-known and curious Urraca posing for the camera, taken at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica.


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This one is called “Chipmunk Bird” here in Costa Rica. This was taken at Rincón de la Vieja National Park.


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A Blue Crowned Motmot, taken at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica.


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The Tody Motmot, taken at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica.


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Taken at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica.


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Taken at Paraiso Quetzal, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.


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The back side of a small day Owl at Paraiso Quetzal, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.


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The amazing Quetzal seen at the Paraiso Quetzal, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.


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Two Humming-birds Eating, taken at Paraíso Quetzal, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.

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A beautiful Humming Bird Showing his colors, taken at Paraíso Quetzal, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.

Published by Roberto López

Photographer and videographer on the amazing process of life.

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