Archive for November 16th, 2010


11/16/2010: Pauraque!

Common Pauraque, another extreme south Texas bird, is common, but, aside from the hundred or so you flush driving any dirt road in the dark, hard to see. By day they roost on the ground, in leaf litter, and they are so cryptically camouflaged that it is next to impossible to find one…unless it moves…or you have it staked out. 500 or more birders at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival saw this bird, which roosts within 3 feet of  one of the main trails at Estero Llano Grande. Still, without knowing it is there, almost everyone walks right by it.

This is digiscoped at my closest focus distance. As you can see, I had only a very small window in the overhanging brush to shoot through. Here is a shot pulled back more and cropped to eliminate the out of focus log that hides the lower half of the bird.


To get this I backed to the far side of the trail with my butt in the brush on the other side.

Canon SD4000IS behind the 15-56x Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL. The wider shot is at ISO 320 and 1/50th sec. The tight shot is at ISO 800 and 1/20th sec. Equivalent focal lengths (fields of view) were around 1500 and 1200mm.

Processed for intensity in Lightroom, with Blackpoint adjustment, Clarity and Vibrance, Sharpen narrow edges preset and a auto color temperature.