My Weekend in Mindo, Ecuador

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  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    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 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
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  3. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    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.