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Taxonomy: Order Caprimulgiformes >> Family Steatornithidae >> Genus Steatornis

Oilbird (Unique ID: 3804)
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Species: Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis)
Location: Asa Wright Nature Center, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Age: adult     Plumage: basic/year-round     Activity: perching/standing
Sex: ---     Visibility: full body     Quantity: single
Photographer: Judd Patterson     Date: February 27, 2010
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 500mm f/4L IS     Megapixels: 17.9

Notes: This is a rare natural light photograph of a roosting Oilbird. I was lucky to find a bird near the entrance to its cave, so a little natural light was trickling in. I focused carefully and did a 1.3 second exposure at ISO 3200. Thankfully the Oilbird stayed very still! These are fascinating birds. In fact they are the only nocturnal, fruit-eating bird in the world.


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