Postcard from Costa Rica


On a search for the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, my group heard its distinctive cooing high in the canopy.  We kept turning our heads, following the sound, until finally we saw the beautiful bird fly over a gap in the canopy, its long, elegant tail feathers trailing behind the rest of its body.  It landed in a tree and our guide quickly located it in the spotter, allowing me to take this picture.  Its feathers, iridescent in the sunlight, gave its color and form extra beauty.  Later, we would be lucky enough to watch a mated pair build a nest together, but this first glimpse is unforgettable.

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