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Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)

Russet-winged Schiffornis is one of five species that formerly were united under the name Thrush-like Schiffornis (Schiffornis turdina); the other members of this group are Northern Schiffornis (S. veraepacis), Olivaceous Schiffornis (S. olivacea), Foothill Schiffornis (S. aenea), and Brown-winged Schiffornis (S. turdina). 

Russet-winged Schiffornis is a representative of this group that occurs from central Panama east across northern Colombia to western and northern Venezuela. All species in this group have similar, dull plumages, being primarily brown or olive brown, with paler underparts, and prominent large dark eyes. Although all members of the group also are poorly known, Russet-winged Schiffornis probably is one of the least studied members of the complex. This is a relatively low density species that occupies the understory of terra firme forests, most often foraging within 1-2 m of the ground, and typically is solitary. The clear whistled song is heard far more often than th…

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Since I got a new camera (Canon 7D Mark II) I've been focused testing it for bird photography, I ended testing it on different conditions and almost forgot about my little friends.

I also tested it on macro shots one day but honestly I didn't like the results, I feel that the 7D Mk II in comparison to the 5D Mk III its lacking detail sharpness.

Below you can find the best pictures I got testing the 7D Mk II on macro that time, I'll be returning to this kind of photography for the next weeks with my old camera, stay tuned.

An Asilidae, Diptera order eating another Diptera


This one was very hard to photograph. The Thread-legged Bugs (Emesinae) are a subfamily of the Reduviidae (i.e., assassin bugs). They are conspicuously different from the other reduviids by their very slender body form. .


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