Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan
Birdwatchers House, Ecuador   –   October 10, 2022
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS R5   *   RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM   *   ISO 12800   *   1/800 sec @ f/7.1

This striking toucan is found in the higher regions of the Tandayapa area of Ecuador. While fairly uncommon, it was a fequent visitor to our lodge.

This image was captured handheld at ISO 12,800 on the first outing with my Canon EOS R5 mirrorless body and RF 100-500mm lens zoomed to 500mm. The fantastic combo of both in-lens and in-body image stabilization worked great at 1/800 sec. (I almost never used my tripod on this trip!)

The image quality at high ISO speeds is surprisingly good, but it was rendered almost noise-free with Adobe Lightroom's new AI Denoise function.

Photo ID: 20221010-320-Enhanced-NR