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Black-headed Trogon

Black-headed Trogon
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-08 1:03
Viewed: 6568
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus) which we found while exploring the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha (see workshop).

This trogon is distributed in Central America from southern Mexico to Costa Rica and prefers lowland rainforest and gallery forest below 800m where they feed on insects and fruits. They are surprisingly fast fliers and although they like to sit motionless for lengthy periods waiting for prey, once they take off you can forget trying to follow them through the forest.

As often happens in rainforest, this shot has branches in front of the target and there is some flare on the vegetation, caused by the dappled light; but thatís life in tropical forests and I hope you wonít mind me posting this attractive species anyway.

Altun Ha ruins were not ďdiscoveredĒ until 1965, even though it is only 50km north of Belize City which at the time was the countryís capital city. The ruins have been progressively uncovered and restored since then, being entirely overrun with jungle for over 500 years.
This modest Mayan site was home to around 10,000 people during the Mayan classic era of 200 to 900AD, after which time it progressively became less used then totally abandoned in the 1300s, though archaeologists donít seem to know why for sure.

Over 500 structures have been unearthed at the site, with the oldest ruin dating from around 200BC. The largest pyramid (Temple of Masonry Altars- see workshop is 16m (54ft) high and is famous for the discovery of the elaborately carved jade sun god head which weighs nearly 5kg (now in a Canadian museum).
This is a fantastic area and if you ever make it to Belize, donít miss it.

Thanks for looking

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-08 1:19]

Hi Chhris,

A nice and colorfull capture of this for me new bird,the colors are striking as well a nice posting in the WS of the ruins and information what to bring in warm days,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-08 1:32]

Hello Chris,
Trogons are among my favourite birds and this is a superb capture of the Black-headed. This is nice and sharp and the pose, POV and composition in its natural habitat are excellent.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one,

Hello Chris
You did good work with this colorful Black-headed Trogon.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-01-08 3:49]

Hi Chris
very good light in this image.
awesome colors and even the BG is full of colors the the bird is clearly defined in the photo..
good POV and sharpness.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-08 4:47]

HelloChris, great shot of this spectacular bird ! Details are fine, the exposure is spot on and the composition is very good. Well done, thanks.


Hi Chris
Wonderful capture
Really nice color
Great catch lite
tfs jon

Hi Chris,
Beautiful capture of this interesting Trogon. the colours and the composition are great.


Hello Chris a wonderfull shot of a beauty details are nice and good pose captured. tfs best rgds Necip.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-08 13:50]

Hola Chris.- Hermosa la foto. Bellos y llamativos colores de este elegente Pajaro.
Muy agradables tonos sin saturacion y muy buena nitidez.
Saludos Chris.

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