Costa Rica White-Throated Magpie-Jays

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Costa Rica White-Throated Magpie-Jays
May 16, 2012

Here are images of White-Throated Magpie-Jays from Costa Rica, these shots taken on a forested hillside above Playas del Coco on the north Pacific coast. The shots are of 2012 nestlings and mature (parent) birds. This Spring, their numbers were significant with a bumper crop of fledglings.

The Magpie-Jay (Urraca Copetona) is a fairly large, colourful bird. Family groups typically involve 4-5 individuals which remain together. They nest in higher tree-tops and glide from perch to perch on lower trees during the days. Their long tails appear to serve them as rudders.

Mature birds do not like a camera lens pointed at them and hide behind branches making clear shots tricky. The curiosity of younger birds gets the best of them, though, and the click of the shutter will often draw them in, making for better close-ups.

Thanks for looking & hope you enjoy.
You can view the entire '2012 series' at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ketr_2011/sets/72157629714963136/

Cheers,
Namur

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