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    A silverback mountain gorilla caught in a pensive moment in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x at 200 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

    Today, March 3, 2016, is World Wildlife Day. I am taking a moment to remember one of my favorite wildlife encounters: gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Being close to the gorillas and watching them in their natural environment was absolutely magical.

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    An 'I'iwi pauses briefy while feeding on the nectar-rich blossom of the 'ohi'a lehua tree.


    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x at 700 mm, 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

    A critically endangered Palila feeds on seed pods of the Mamane tree.


    Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF500mm f/4L IS USM +2.0x at 1000 mm, 1/400 sec at f/11, ISO 800

    On several recent visits to Hawaii’s Big Island, Alison and I have made efforts to see as many of the endemic forest bird species as possible. With significant amounts of driving and hiking we have managed a fair degree of success. So, perhaps with an inflated sense of confidence, on a recent trip to the Big Island I brought my big lens and other assorted camera gear with the goal of capturing some of these tropical gems in photographs. While none of the target birds were particularly cooperative — most of the time either they remained hidden, stayed way up high in the trees, or moved constantly behind a tangle of vegetation — I was fortunate to create a few images that I consider “keepers.”
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