Wanted to share the photo that really began the enjoyment of bird/nature photography (even if I still know little technically). Although this was just shot with a small, low megapixel (pre-smart phone) point-and-shoot through a spotting scope, I was amazed at the detail and color. While wildlife and landscapes fly away, or we move past them, the pictures endured and offered a different/mesmerizing glimpse of moments, angles, etc. Plus, this toucan is a knockout Ecuadorian endemic, to boot. I came home and started taking pictures through binoculars, finally getting a better zoom point/shoot, and will only be upgrading to a DSLR in the next couple months. You don't need high-end equipment. If you enjoyed pokemon go, get the hell outside and start exploring the real world. There are wild things everywhere, and they are bloody stunning.
Grey-breasted mountain toucan (Andigena hypoglauca) near Papallacta hot baths, Ecuador in January 2011
La Paz waterfall. Rainy at high elevations. We got lucky with a few hours of hiking sans rain in this beautiful park. They also had a bird rescue sanctuary where we were able to get up close to a Toucan. Boy are they smart! #lapazwaterfallgardens#toucan#costarica