Sometimes you will only get one chance to make one shot.
I've taken many pictures the past few years of the fauna world. Many times I get a second and even a third chance to take a better shot, but there were times that I only had one chance. And am still waiting for my second chance. Here is my top 10:
10. Red Howler Monkeys are famous due to the sound they make every morning and afternoon. It is something you must hear and see for yourself to know what I am talking about. I usually hear them either calling or see them (without calling). This was my only picture of a Red Howler Monkey 'in action'.
9. Cocoi Herons are residents of the river edge and are seen frequently near the river or standing near a rapid, but never with a fish. Here I spotted one flying away with his 'just caught fish of the day'. Still my only shot.
8. Spread the wings and show your true colors. Also lucky shots. First time that I saw what was underneath this Ringed Kingfishers' wings. And this is the only picture of a Crimson Topaz with his wings open, exposed in the sun.
7. White-crowned Manakin. During a Misty Mountain hike I saw some movements in the trees. I first took some shots and afterwards I noticed that only picture of the White-crowned Manakin was a succes.
6. Nine-banded Long Nosed Armadillo. I've seen the Armadillo countless of times passing by in front of the trophy cam, but never in front of my doorstep. Luckily I was armed again with a camera.
5. Little Cuckoo. Even though I saw the Little Cuckoo a couple of times in Kabalebo, this is still the only successful photo. When I tried to take a second shot it went back into the forest.
4. Collared Puffbird. After I took this shot I am still waiting for a second chance.
3. Amazon Green Anole. Spotted this at the River Cabin resting on a tree somewhere in 2011/2012 and still waiting for a second meeting.
2. The Fasciated Antshrike. Also spotted on the Misty Mountain Trail right before we had reached the top. This picture was taken in January 2012. As it was also a restless bird inside the forest I only managed to take this one (so far too).
1. White-plumed Antbird. Spotted at the River Cabin on July 2014. The White-plumed Antbird is one that always follows army ant swarms. This means that a large part of the ground inside the forest must be covered with ants in order to see this bird. The river cabin park was covered with so many ants that morning that I was focused on where to put my feet then where to look at. When I finally was on a 'safe' spot I noticed some movements close to the trees. When I saw that it was the White-plumed Antbird I was up to another challenge; try to take a picture as this small agile bird stood still for barely a second. This is my only good shot too.
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