WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Nature in Black & White

Gregory Basco, USA

Chachalacascape

Though common enough in Costa Rica, the relatively drab gray-headed chachalaca is a bird that tends to be overlooked, says Gregory. Indeed, he had never bothered to photograph one. The loud cha-cha-laca calls of groups of the chicken-sized birds are, however, a familiar noise in the forest. One morning, exploring the grounds of an eco-lodge in Turrialba with the intention of photographing hummingbirds, a chachalaca was revealed to Gregory in a new light. Looking up into the forest trees, he saw a single bird. Silhouetted against the overcast sky, it had become one with the architecture of the cecropia tree, creating a picture not to be missed. Seconds later, the bird flew off to rejoin its flock nearby.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/80 sec at f5.6; ISO 100; Manfrotto tripod + Really Right Stuff ballhead + Wimberley Sidekick.


Tuis, Turrialba, Costa Rica: latitude 9.840586, longitude -83.58492 Tuis, Turrialba, Costa Rica: latitude 9.840586, longitude -83.58492

Tuis, Turrialba, Costa Rica


Gregory Basco, USA