My Weekend in Mindo, Ecuador

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  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I am in Ecuador this week to attend the United Nations Habitat III event in Quito, but I had a weekend to kill prior so I took a short drive to Mindo and stayed the in Sachatamia Lodge. Wonderful hotel with nice cabins, peaceful surroundings, great food, and very warm and helpful staff. The area is in a
    Cloud Forest. It is about 2000 meters above sea level and every day is a mixture of sun, clouds, fog, and rain. It is known as a birding center, with over 400 kinds of birds and this trip did not disappoint. There were nine kinds of hummingbirds just at the lodge, Toucans, Tanagers, Owls, and lots of other birds I haven't looked up yet. I don't know all the names of these birds, and it was challenging to photograph them all. I used my E-M1 with the 50-200 SWD, and sometimes the 60mm Macro since hummingbirds will let you get within a few inches from them. I did try to get some in flight but focus is just not fast enough on the 50-200. The two I did get were with MF, which was faster because you can fire the shutter without focus lock and just have to hope that your depth of field is wide enough to catch the bird with a flash.

    These are all I've processed so far out of perhaps 350 decent shots - not counting the 3000 I already deleted.

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  2. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Here are some more
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  3. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    And one can also find other animals
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  4. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
    Mindo is a beautiful place. Lots of beautiful places for photography in Ecuador.
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  5. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Great photos! Adding to my wish list for places to visit :).
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  6. Gidget

    Gidget Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Leah Hallett
    Fantastic to look at, thank you!
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  7. Great captures, it must have been wonderful.
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  8. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    It was wonderful and for anyone thinking of going I can recommend the Sachamatia Lodge and the Tandayapa Lodge.
  9. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Fantastic job! Love the colours.
  10. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Very nice pictures!
  11. Barking

    Barking Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 14, 2016
    Northern Ireland
    Went there a few years ago but it rained heavily..we did see the humming birds though
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  12. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing them
  13. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    Beautiful images! Love all the color.
  14. dh202

    dh202 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2013
    Virginia, USA