On this day I was on the airstrip looking for random birds to photograph. When I turned around I saw a Lowland tapir heading to my direction. I waited until the tapir was a bit closer and to get a better shot I was lying on the grass of the airstrip. After a couple of seconds the tapir looked right into the lens. Such a peaceful walk. The only thing that went wrong that day is that I was actually too close.
It was my lucky day to see this couple. The Black-spotted Barbet is a common bird in Kabalebo, but I either see the male or the female and usually a bit higher or far from me. So until now I only had photos of the Black-spotted Barbet taking from a distance. But on this bright sunny day, this couple decided to surprise me and land in this avocado tree in plain view. All I had to do is aim, shoot and enjoy this moment.
It was my lucky day. A group of Blue-and-Yellow Macaws were sitting pretty low while eating some nuts from a nearby Maripa palm tree. This one was even posing for me for a couple of seconds and since it was a sunny day too, all I had to do is aim and shoot. And of course enjoy the moment.
This Scarlet Macaw was sitting quietly high up in the trees. He wasn't making any sounds at all but it was a sunny day and his colorful display was giving him away. It must have been his afternoon break because he was just sitting there looking back at me. For him up there, it was much easier to look at me, but for me, down there, was a different story. I had to walk my way through logs, branches, sticks, leaves, ants, mosquitos and small grasshoppers just to find the right spot to photograph him. He must have thought that I was a bit crazy down there. Sometimes I wonder what the birds think of me.