Of course I had many great adventures on this trip, but one of my favorite experiences was watching an Ochre-lored Flatbill (Tolmomyias flaviventris, formerly the Yellow-breasted Flycatcher) capture and eat a large katydid. The experience was particularly special since Ochre-lored Flatbill had become my 1,000th life bird just a few days earlier! And as a brand-new DSLR owner, it was also a great opportunity to practice using my new camera. (As you can see, some images turned out better than others)
Here's what I learned about how to eat a katydid:
Step 1: Search the vegetation carefully for a leaf with legs and a face.
Step 2: Seize your unsuspecting victim and return to a prominent perch with your prize. Stand there triumphantly. (Shouting "Ta-da!" at this point is optional)
Step 6: Return to your hunting perch to preen and digest
- Heidi Ware