Andean Cock-of-the-rock

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Subject: Andean Cock-of-the-rock
From: "Geoffrey Jones" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:31:51 +1100
Good morning Everyone

                                             This is one of the birds that I
had dreamed about photographing over the last few years once that I had seen
wildlife documentary's showing this bird in its courting display.

I was most fortunate to meet a farmer who told us that he had them on his
property and for $10-20 US he would take us too them and so at 4am in the
morning we gathered at his farm house and headed up the hill into the
rainforest. Now I thought that I was reasonably fit but fairly soon with the
weight of the 500 lens in my backpack and the 300, camera, and tripod in my
hands I was soon sucking in as much air as possible. About halfway up the
hill, thankfully the farmer stopped to give us a breather and in what seemed
only seconds in time ( but was at least a couple of minutes ) we continued
on much to my dismay as I was panting and puffing like a horse after running
in the Melbourne Cup. As we approached where the birds were and in the
beginnings of the first light, the first thing that hits you is the noise
that the male makes as it is quite loud and at this Lek there were at least
12 males all vying for the attention of any female that was in the area. Due
to the extremely low light I could only use my 300/2.8 lens and had to set
the ISO at 1000 but with the new Canon MK1V camera I was able to get what I
think are reasonable shots and I am also looking for a personal trainer so I
can go back again! Anyway here is the link Enjoy!
&cat=0 Also if you would like to pass this on please do so as this is really
the only forum that I post too.

Kindest Regards

Geoff Jones



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