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Birding in Costa Rica

The glorious quetzal

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A photographic encounter with an elusive bird of the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the resplendent quetzal.

 

Resplendent quetzal (male).
Resplendent quetzal (male).
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A male quetzal. Depending on the sunlight, the bird can sparkle in a variety of colours and shades.
A male quetzal. Depending on the sunlight, the bird can sparkle in a variety of colours and shades.
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The quetzal is a solitary bird except during the mating season. The female (left) is not as striking as the male.
The quetzal is a solitary bird except during the mating season. The female (left) is not as striking as the male.
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A female quetzal.
A female quetzal.
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A male quetzal checking out a man-made nest.
A male quetzal checking out a man-made nest.Photo: John Anthony
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Montezuma oropendula.
Montezuma oropendula.
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Clay-coloured thrush, the national bird of Costa Rica.
Clay-coloured thrush, the national bird of Costa Rica.
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Yellow-throated toucan.
Yellow-throated toucan.
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King vulture.
King vulture.
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Keel-billed toucan.
Keel-billed toucan.
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Green honeycreeper.
Green honeycreeper.
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The verdant landscape of the Talamanca Nature Reserve.
The verdant landscape of the Talamanca Nature Reserve.
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John Anthony.
John Anthony.
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