Just came back from a two weeks birding trip in Costa Rica. It was one of my dreams come true and an eye-opening experience.  This is Guatemala’s national bird, Quetzal.

Hundreds of people were lining up on the road bright early in the morning to observe the bird. Male has a waving long tail while female’s tail is much shorter. In either case, their stunning colors and dramatic appearance are a major attraction. Unfortunately, they were usually too distant or too sensitive to people’s existence. I was not able to capture a clear shot until this guy suddenly showed up right above us. His beautiful tail was hidden, but I am content to snap this shot.



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