Wildlife photography by John Devries - High-quality images from the natural world

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January - Jay in flightJay in flight

Jay in flight

This jay had just taken off from a post that is just outside the frame of this picture. The undercarrige is still down (feet) and the wings are just coming forward for the first beat.

- Image taken with Canon 1DSmkII , 500mm f4L IS lens , 1/3200 sec; f/4.0; ISO 500

Februray - Kestrel Portrait

Kestrel portrait

One from the archives, taken in Hungary from a hide.

- Image taken with Canon 1Dmk III , 500mm f4L IS lens , 1/1250 sec; f/5.0; ISO 500

March - Siberian Eagle Owl

siberian eagle owl

Siberian Eagle owl

Taken in Czech Republic with Tatra Photography

- Image taken with Canon 5Dmk III , 300mm f2.8 L IS lens +1.4x extender,
1/60 sec; f/5.6; ISO 800

April - Resplendent Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal

Taken in Costa Rica in the Talamanca mountains
This bird was at the top of my wishlist on my trip and thanks to a nest site I was able to photograph both male and female on this open branch. A dream come true.

- Image taken with Canon 1DX , 500mm f4L IS lens,
1/200 sec; f4; ISO 1600, Tripod. Exposure compensation -1/3 stop.

quetzal full height

Resplendent Quetzal 2

This is the male bird again showing his amazing long tail.

- Image taken with Canon 1DX , 500mm f4L IS lens,
1/320 sec; f4; ISO 3200, Tripod. Exposure compensation -1/3 stop.

May - European Brown Bear (Slovakia
European brown bear Slovakia

European Brown Bear

Many people have photographed the bears in Finland but Slovakia is a new and unique destination for bears. They are not used to human presence and are easily spooked. I had to get up at 3:15 am for four mornings on the trot to get to the hide to photograph them at dawn. They would disappear when the light got up so everything was shot at high ISO.

- Image taken with Canon 5Dmk III in silent mode, 500mm f4L IS lens , 1/160th sec; f/4.0; ISO 5000

June - Red Squirel

Red squirell

Red Squirrel close up

Taken on the Isle of Wight where there are no greys and they are able to prosper.

- Image taken with Canon 1DX , 100-400 mkII IS lens,
1/80th sec; f5.6; ISO 1250, Tripod. Exposure compensation +1/3 stop.


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