Red-legged Honeycreeper

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A male Cyanerpes cyaneus.

—Stephen—

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Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

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We saw a fair number of these Tiger-Herons.  This one was standing in a tree, quite some way from water.  It allowed me to get relatively close – had this been a UK equivalent it  would have flown as soon as it saw me approach.

—Stephen—

A Deviation

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This little fella is a Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), which I saw yesterday at a local nature reserve of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) – St. Aiden’s (also known as Swillington Ings).   When I was younger these were rarer than hen’s teeth in the UK, but thanks to the work of Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB they are becoming a little more secure in some places.

—-Stephen—

Froggy Went a-Walking

_MG_7761Our guide took us on an informal tour of the gardens at our hotel in Tortuguero.  One of the gardens was dedicated to the support of tree frogs.  We had a good look round but couldn’t find any.  The guide dashed off somewhere and came back with his hands cupped, holding this little chap (he told us that he recalled seeing one earlier, but I suspect he took it out of a breeding tank).  He placed the frog on large leaf so we could photograph it with a natural background.  Red-eyed Tree Frog – Agalychnis callidryas.

—Stephen—

Grrrr… mutter, mutter, mutter.

I don’t know if it’s just me, the way I use PCs or I’m just unlucky, but I’ve had another hard drive go tits up on me.  It has been a gradual thing, the read/write seems to have become slower and slower … and slower.  Accessing my digital photos with Bridge or Lightroom has been next to impossible.   Despite the numerous updates from Microsoft and Adobe over the recent weeks I concluded it was a problem with the drive and not some spurious bug introduced by Auto Update.

I’ve now installed a new drive and am in the process of recovering the majority of my images from my backup drive – 1.5 TB I think.   Unfortunately, some of my more recent work wasn’t backed up so I’ve jury-rigged the faulty drive into another, older machine in an attempt to copy the files onto it – Windows is telling me that it’s going to take 11.5 hours to copy one folder of 15GB – scratch that, I’ve just checked and it’s now going to take 16 hours.  Whatever I can recover will save me having to redo my editing.

I don’t mind wasting my own time, but I hate have my time wasted.

—Stephen—