© Alex Vargas
March 29, 2010
Forum member Alex Vargas
photographed this beautiful Chestnut-headed Tesia (Tesia castaneocoronata)
at Doi Phahom Pok National Park in Thailand in December 2009.
“This forest skulker surprised everybody when it started showing very well at Doi Lang in the far, cold northern Thai Sierras,” Alex tells us. “I sat on my portable blind and got a big smile when it came a few times to enjoy the mealworms. The scenario was difficult, messy, and dark and forced us to shoot with five strobes. Besides, this little bird (smaller than a warbler) is pretty shy and approaches for an instant with sudden, lightning moves.”
In addition to Thailand, the species is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. It is reported to be locally common.
Alex used his Nikon D5000 and a Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens. You can see more of his photos on his website
. Alex’s previous Photo of the Week: Red-legged Crake
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