Thursday, April 19, 2012

Costa Rican Birds, Part II

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A black vulture dried his wings on the banks of the Penas Blancas.

Our guide Nancy got very excited about spying a Blue-crowned Motmot at Arenal Hanging Bridges. I struggled to get a good shot in the deep shade of the forest, and didn't even realize that part of what made the bird so interesting is its "bare-shafted racket-tip" tail. So my sincere apologies for cutting that tail off in the photo. :(

A male and female Red-legged Honeycreeper at Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Crested Guans are fairly large birds. So I was a little surprised to see one in the fragile upper branches of a tree, popping his head out to survey the surrounding area.

The lagoons of Tortuguero National Park provided perfect habitat for water fowl like this Northern Jacana ...

... and this Bare-throated Tiger Heron.

A small flock of about 10 Orange-fronted Parakeets made an appearance during my final morning walk in Guanacaste.

A Streaked-backed Oriole stood out sharply, but wouldn't let me get too close.

Anyone who puts the word "common" in the name of an animal like this Common Ground-Dove should be relegated to naming paint colors and other things more suitable for their poor imaginations.

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