Going Low in Olango
Clarian and I spent 3 days in Olango last week to photograph our water-loving feathered friends. While a good number and variety of our friends was present, they maintained a vast stretch of watery real estate from yours truly, making detail gathering with an underpowered 400mm a struggle. It was, however, a wonderful experience and I would definitely visit the place again in the future.
It was great meeting Cebu-based birdnut Tateo Osawa, who generously shared tips, let me use his hide, and treated us to a sumptuous lunch. Many thanks, Osawa-san. I hope you get to photograph the banded Ruddy Turnstones from Japan.
Here are some of the images from the trip, all made with the EF 400mm f/5.6 L on an EOS 40D in manual exposure, shot handheld, on a Manfrotto 190XB and 484RC2 (hate bringing the Manfrotto 393 on flights), or on the patented Osawa Ground Support System. All images are cropped to kingdom come.
Many thanks to Nilo A. and Bobby K. for the tips and to the guys at the Nature Center for taking care of us during our stay.
As waders all look the same to me, please feel free to correct lapses in my identification.