Kenyir, 27th-30th October 2010
To a bird photographer, sighting this bird in it’s natural habitat is similar to a ‘motor head’ sighting a scarlet Ferrari on the highway . They evoke feelings of excitement and admiration which words alone could not accurately describe.
I stumbled upon this male Scarlet-Rumped Trogon by ‘accident’. I was shooting at a fruiting tree where there were a few birds feeding, mainly bulbuls and barbets when suddenly a bright red bird flew across my line of sight and perched on a nearby tree.
Once in focus, the super bright, deep, pink color of the underparts looked as if it was about to ‘explode’ through the viewfinder.
If colors could start fire, then this bird would be the prime suspect for those forest fire!
In contrast to the underparts, the soft brown upperparts coupled with whitish wing vermiculations, made him look very attractive.
A very attractive bird indeed…….
A ‘Darth Vader’ in red!
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