Singing in the Rain

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Exceptional trips to CR in 2020 and 2023. This keel-billed toucan sang for us for 20 minutes

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Technical Details

Sony A1
Exposure Time: 1/2500 sec
F Number: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: ISO 3200
Exposure Program: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: No flash
Focal Length: 303 mm
Lens Model: FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS

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Welcome back Sandy! Good to see your images again.

This is wonderful; it’s so festive! I love the combination of the toucan and the bromeliad. The rain drops are a nice touch too!

I really like the color in this image. Good balance. Nice diagonal components. good detail. I like the composition. You set the environment and behavior of this magnificent creature.

Very nice image Sandy. The singing pose on the toucan is wonderful and the rain adds another element of interest. Nice BG. I like the composition with the green plant balancing out the position of the bird. well done.

Upon a second look, there seems to something off with the green artifact among the plant leaves especially on the upper left of the plant. Was some post processing done there?

Welcome back, Sandy. A very nice image of this guy. Is this Rudy from Laguna del Lagarto? I like the nice crisp look of the image and your shutter speed depicted the rain well. Interesting composition with the toucan facing out of the frame, but with the bromeliad to balance it, it works quite nicely. I too noticed the bright green blob in amongst the leaves of the bromeliad-it certainly has the look of some weird artifact.

Wonderful capture of this exotic bird in an exotic setting! The raindrops are a very nice touch. The artifact looks like a selection glitch. There is a much smaller area just below the branch in the leaf gap.

Welcome back! I hope to see lots more of your work!

Thanks, @dianemiller, @dennisplank, and @allen sparks.
That “blob” is actually a well-chewed off leaf behine the bromeliad. The other areas are part of that same, hanging leaf. I guess I could have removed them…

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Thanks for the clarification! We were all duped by the concealed edges. It might be worth considering to just blend its green with the BG?

Thank you for that clarification.

I also notice a green artifact between the upper and lower beaks of the bird. Was there post processing done there?

Hi Sandy! Welcome back! This is a beautiful shot of the toucan. Very festive, as John said. Your title is perfect for the image.