Costa Rica: Resplendent Quetzal

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    Resplendent Quetzal male in its full glory. Just got back from a trip to Costa Rica with friends and family. Lots of pics. Starting with the last bird photographed in 2009 to welcome the New Year. Shot on Dec 31, 2009 in Savegre Valley. It was really special to be able to share this magnificent bird with the kids who were treated to great views including males in flight. This species is often considered the most beautiful bird in the Western Hemisphere. As our Costa Rican driver, who had never seen one before, put it - "I have no words to express my feelings" ...
    (Almost full frame shot, posting only in small size here).
    Better larger.
    Read more about the bird at: neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p...
    Picture featured as a spread on pages 7 and 8, in the "Trogons" edition of the magazine "Especies" - www.naturalia.org.mx/fotos/pdf/0%20ESPECIES%20DIGITAL%205...
    Also here: green-buzz.net/environment/10-astounding-birds-you-may-no...

    amkhosla, Bill Walker, and 190 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Guylaine Begin 55 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    2. rolando chdm 55 months ago | reply

      in all its glory indeed, this is one of the greatest photo I have seen. thanx for sharing

    3. wjpostma 55 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    4. tgduarte 54 months ago | reply

      a dream photo of this magical bird species, surely a favourite!
      thanks for sharing!

    5. Anita363 53 months ago | reply

      Oh, lucky you! That is spectacular. Great shot.

    6. Neotropical Pete 53 months ago | reply

      Splendid. Captures the wonder of Central America.

    7. Morella_1 51 months ago | reply

      Bella galería, y con tu permiso me he llevado algunas a mis favoritas, gracias, thank you!

    8. AlaskaFreezeFrame 50 months ago | reply

      Best Quetzal pictures I have seen. Super shot!

    9. Alicia Murray 39 months ago | reply

      Glorious photograph! Glorious bird!

    10. c0gnate 35 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

    11. Passie13(Ines van Megen-Thijssen) 35 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

    12. Icebing2011 32 months ago | reply

      Very very beautiful shot !

    13. Alicia Murray 28 months ago | reply

      Remarkable photograph. Very special. I love the colours and the clarity and the noble little fellow. No wonder this bird was so special to the local inhabitants. Beautiful shot.

    14. Mergulho na contemplação 18 months ago | reply

      Silêncio e contemplação...

    15. PetSam 15 months ago | reply

      Excellent photo, the colors and the soft light in the photo is just stunning.

    16. PerchingBirdGallery 8 months ago | reply

      These birds have permanent bad hair. lol Beautiful photo ! :)

    17. Chris Davidson Photography 2 months ago | reply

      Stunning image Vivek!!

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