Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Ecuador

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle
Hacienda Guaytara, Ecuador   –   October 18, 2022
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS R5   *   RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM   *   ISO 12800   *   1/1000 sec @ f/8

The Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle patrols the Andean highlands in search of prey, soaring here above farm fields at 11,500 feet.

In fading, overcast light, I captured this shot at ISO 12,800 with the EOS R5. AI Denoise in Adobe Lightroom helped to tame the high-ISO noise significantly. That, along with a lot of processing to open up the shadows, helps bring out the detailed plumage of this raptor.

With the generous 45 megapixels and excellent high-ISO peroframance of the R5, I could crop this shot 50% to emphasize the bird.

Photo ID: 20221018-831-2-Enhanced-NR