The Sunday BIRD Volume 8, Issue 41 March 31, 2013

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
MikePDX
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Quetzal!
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 31, 2013

I just spent two weeks in Costa Rica.  Saw lots of amazing new - to me - birds and other critters.  This bird is a Resplendent Quetzal.  We first spotted it's nest in this tree.  The male bird was home at the time.  All you can see of it is it's long tail feathers flapping around in the breeze.  The book says they can be up to 30" long - I believe it!

Then the female showed up and the male got his chance to stretch his wings.  Here he is leaving the nest:

He hopped around a nearby tree, always showing us his backside:

At last, he hopped to a branch that gave me a relatively clear shot!

Shot with an E-M5 and a ZD 70-300 at ISO 3200.  All I can say is that the colors are fairly accurate.  I didn't enhance them at all.  What an experience!  This bird is very elusive, and many birders go to Costa Rica without ever seeing one.  I felt very lucky.  He is definitely Resplendent!

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