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Taken 15-Feb-19
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Poised for Flight

The Thorn-tailed Rayadito is a tiny bird found commonly in Argentina and Chile but it was a new species for me on my visit to Chile in 2019. It is only 5-6 inches long and flits about the trees constantly so getting an image required good hand-eye coordination, patience and a dose of good luck. The moment my subject lighted on an open branch I launched a series of images in the hopes of getting a sharp image in his environment. He only gave me enough time to capture 2 frames before he flitted off again.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, f/8 @ 800 mm, 1/1000, ISO 640, No Flash

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Keywords:2020 Bird Photographer of the Year, Birds, Candidates, Contests, Exhibits, Nat Geo Posted, Submitted, Thorn tailed Rayadito, Typical Bird

Poised for Flight