Recently, I took a quick visit to the small village of Shirán some 45 minutes from the coastal city of Trujillo in northern Peru. It wasn’t really a photography or a birding visit, more of a family occasion, but I did grab a few minutes with my camera to investigate the local bird life. So here are some shots of some beautiful small birds in very poor light from Shirán in La Libertad, Perú.
It was late on that overcast afternoon when these visitors descended on some trees nearby. The conditions tested my D500 and it passed well with all shots at ISO3200 and despite me being at quite a distance from the subjects.
Most of these birds were new to me so feel free to correct my IDs in the comments below.
Firstly, a gorgeous coloured Hepatic Tanager (Piranga flava).
Then, an equally beautiful Baird’s Flycatcher (Myiodynastes bairdii) with that rather mysterious-looking black eye mask. I do like the background and surrounds of this pic.
Up next, a White-Edged Oriole (Icterus graceannae). I think you can just see the distinguishing white edges on the underside of the tail.
This one, I’m really not sure of.. looks like a finch.. maybe an Ash-Breasted Sierra Finch (Phrygilus plebejus) but Shirán at 700msl is at a lower elevation than this bird’s usual range.
Amazlia hummingbird .. the Peruvian coastal hummingbird
A female Hepatic Tanager – I particularly like this photo. Grainy, sure, but nice gentle quality to the light and the subject isolated nicely against a pleasant background.