Rufous-collared Kingfisher and Trogons

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I was planning to go up to Cameron Highlands today. But unfortunately, I woke up late and when I drove out from the house, the traffic was already bad so I decided to cancel the plan and head towards the nearby forest. When I reached the site, there were 2 photographers standing there. I supposed they also looking for the same target.

So we waited for a while and as soon as I heard the kingfisher called, one of the photographers already spotted the bird.

Nikon V1, Sigma 500mm f/4.5

Darn it. the Nikon D7000 does not provide enough reach. Even after adding the 1.4x TC, I was not able to get a decent AF. So I switched to the V1.

When I managed to get closer, I switched back to D7000.

Holy!!! There is a Rufous-backed in front of us, too close for any of us to get a shot. Then there was also a pair of Scarlet-rumped Trogon. But I only managed to shoot the female.

Nikon V1, Sigma 500mm f/4.5, ISO3200, 1/200sec, 

The hunt is not over yet. We were later rewarded with a pair of Diard's Trogon. Initially we had it very high up the canopy, no clear view with many leaves blocking the birds. In the end, a decent view.

Nikon V1, Sigma 500mm f/4.5

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