OCEANIC ISLANDS FAVORITES

My three favorite Oceanic Islands photos at this point in time are shown below. They are favorites as much for the bird illustrated as for the photography. All were fairly recent and taken with my Canon and 500mm f6.7 autofocus lens.
All photos D. Roberson.

Kagu Rhynochetos jubatus  more of the story about this mythical beast will be on the Kagu page, but, through the incredibly kind help of Yves Letocart, we got to see "Kogee" (hard g), the Kagu that Yves banded 8 years ago and has been studying ever since. I have many photos of Kogee, but this is my favorite.

Madagascar Pygmy-Kingfisher Ispidina madagascariensis  this was in forest around Lake Ampigoroa, in northwestern Madagascar, and Jan Piersen (one of the tour leaders) and I had wandered off from the main track along a small ravine when Jan spotted this tiny, tiny kingfisher sitting stock still at eye-level. I manuevered to another tree to steady the camera, and came away with this full-frame shot and its nice combination of orange bird/green background.

Long-tailed Ground-Roller Uratelornis chimaera  It was truly a joy having a chance to photograph this rare and endangered species in southwestern Madagascar. It inhabits the very weird spiny forest, and our tour group had hired locals to locate a pair for us. They did so, and we had long leisurely view. After the group left, I lingered to take a series of photos. This is certainly my closest full-frame shot, and may be my best.
 

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