Violet ear hummingbirds in Boquete

The highlands of Boquete in Panama are of volcanic origin and reach heights of up to 3000 meters in the north and up to 800 meters in the south. The Quetzal Trail runs here and connects two parallel valleys in which Bajo Boquete and Cerro Punta are located. Not only the impressive Quetzales but also many other inhabitants of the cloud forest can be observed on the hike on the trail. However, there are also many hikers out here who may scare away the shy animals and who want to hear the angelic singing of the Quetzales should also be in place before sunrise.

In addition to landscape shots and the Quetzales, we also wanted to take photos of hummingbirds in Boquete, which we are particularly fond of: the violet-eared hummingbird and the brown-tailed acacia. The films already show the photographic difficulty - these hummingbirds are very fast and change their location in a split second. The clicking noises of these birds are helpful, with the help of which one can at least roughly determine their current locations. So it is not surprising that it takes hours to get a satisfactory picture in the "box". The photos of the violet ear hummingbirds were taken with the following settings:

  •     Camera: Nikon D 700
  •     Lens: Nikkor focal length 300 mm
  •     Exposure time: 1/500 second
  •     Aperture: f / 5.6
  •     ISO: 1100
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Picture 9: Karin in our accommodation in a coffee plantation in Boquete

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