Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bronzed Drongo and Black-crowned Night Heron

Taiwan had a draught for most of the Spring and the situation has been getting serious.  Even a typhoon in early May did not bring much relieve.  The temperature reached over 30 degree C.  Finally, since last week, the raining season started. We had a nice rain and the temperature finally cool down.

I have not seen Paulownia Flower Blossom this year.  I took Taipei metro to a local town then car pooled a taxi up the mountain to the Paulownia Flower Garden.  Most of the flower have gone due to the rain, I can only see some flowering tree in the distance.

I walk down the mountain through a well organized path by the mountain stream.  The temperature was cool that made the walk a very pleasant one.

Here is my first surprise, a Bronzed Drongo (小捲尾) Dicrurus aeneus.

Then I saw this very young Black-crowned Night Heron (夜鷺) Nyticorax nyticorax.   The light down in the valley by the mountain stream created this natural concentration of light on the young bird.

I had my 28-300 VR lens with Nikon D700.  Imanaged to lean on the railing and shot at 300mm, f5.6, 1/20.  The picture came out very nice and sharp.

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2 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of photos, I lov ethe herons.

Paul said...

Think you'll find that the "drongo" is in fact 台灣紫嘯鶇 - a Taiwan whistling thrush (Myophonus insularis). Nice picture, though...

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