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What amazes me is there are so many frame fillers, how do you manage it!

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On the 3rd year of participating at Big Year, we will explore bird life on 3 different continents. We hope that birds will be cooperative, and that we all will enjoy in future days, weeks and months.

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25 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

What amazes me is there are so many frame fillers, how do you manage it!

 

Zvezda like to have tight photos ... so I crop a lot <_<. But there are also those with minor crops; specially feeders at Casitas Tenorio offered close encounters.

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Dave Williams

You still have to get pretty close or have a big lens to crop like that Alex. Impressed!

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I have caught up before you reach 600. Your very high standard continues! A tough competition with @michael-ibk with incredible numbers from both of you. Will Michael have to arrange another business trip before the end of the year?B)

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18 hours ago, TonyQ said:

Will Michael have to arrange another business trip before the end of the year?B)

 

Don't put such ideas in his ears, please! Luckily I still have 3 more free days, and x-mas holidays :D.

 

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When I started this year Big Year with a title of Birding on 3 continents, I have been "dragged" into forecasting something like "200 birds per continent" target; soon enough I have learned that getting 200 birds in Europe is close to impossible for a non-birders like us, thus all my hopes to reach at least the total of 600 were put into our last visited continent, and country. Well, as a repeated visitor to Costa Rica I have bet on a winning horse ;), and to make it run even faster, I have had the extra ace up my sleeves - Michael!

 

So, here I am, to announce the magical #600; among all the spectacular birds we have photographed in Costa Rica, Zvezda picked up this one to represent not only its country but also us, the happy birders. And what a special bird this is (I hope Angelito is still fluttering around some sweet flowers, somewhere).

 

 

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Congratulations! It's a fantastic effort and I've really enjoyed living vicariously through this

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11 minutes ago, lmSA84 said:

Congratulations! It's a fantastic effort and I've really enjoyed living vicariously through this

 

Thank you! It was an unique experience ... and one that we want to repeat again!

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PeterHG

Congratulations on reaching this incredible number @xelas ! And not only that but many, many great photographs!

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Well done, what an incredible score. Beautiful birds all the way, and still more to come. Well done to both of you and a fine bird to mark 600.

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Thank you both, @PeterHG and @TonyQ ! Bird photography is such a beautiful hobby ... just so time consuming, after one came home with all those photos ... Be warned, Peter, bring a lot of memory cards with you!

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Galana

Well done my friend. It had to happen with your determination.

I am happy to pass on the '600 crown' to you this year.

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Peter Connan

Congratulations from me as well!

 

A really magnificent effort, with an incredibly high standard maintained throughout!

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Tdgraves

Well done on 600, what an amazing achievement 

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michael-ibk

Congratulations Alex and Zvezda, I'm very happy you achieved your goal. Excellent photos all the way, and perfect choice for the bombastic Nr. 600!

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