|The Resplendent Quetzal(male)|
This post has been years in the making.....ever since I began to travel, I chased this elusive bird in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, Guatemala and around Central America. Of course, I wasn't a birder during those times and I didn't understand birds very well. Taking a break from my Panama chronicles, here is something very special that happened to me while in the cloud forests of Guatemala this past June. Of course, it took a lot of energy to make this happen. And it was an expensive gamble, but one that paid off in a big way.
|Female Resplendent Quetzal|
Two sets of eyes are always better than one. I showed her what the bird looked like and replicated the call. She just laughed at me, but when the birds appeared, she was in awe by their incredible beauty. A young girl, a future birder????!!!, became quick friends and was very excited to have my friend listen to the calls and recordings of the birds. I had to take this adorable shot of them quickly because the birds came and left the area within 20 minutes. They never returned again! While we waited for a second observation, we had breakfast at the Ranchito for an hour after the "Quetzal show". The birds were gone. The observation window is a tight one.
|Look at the tail of this bird!!!!|
|Can you find them all? There are 4.|
|Clay-colored Thrush enjoys avocados|