One of the first birds we got upon arriving at La Selva was Great Curassow. Crap, talk about an awesome tropical bird. The female is in the front, the male is in the back. All photos from today's post are from La Selva Biological Station; the first La Selva intallment can be found right here.
Although they put off a guanish vibe, they were not so promiscuous (unfortunately) in their abundance or attitude towards people. They also had better crests.
Gartered Trogon, formerly known as Violacious Trogon. They have melted more than a face or two in their time...I reckon they are the easiest trogon to cross paths with in the country.
This is probably my best trogon shot of the trip, even though the bird is sitting on a powerline. The trogon is not holding back, just really bringing the facemelt I think.
I just like the pose in this shot.
For a bird, motmots have it all. They have color. They make funny sounds. They have a weird tail, which they swing sharply from side to side. They are large and sit fairly still, which any birder can appreciate. This is a Broad-billed Motmot, only one of the trip. We saw lots of Blue-crowned (Blue-diademed) and Turqoiuse-browed Motmots, but only single Broad-billed and Rufous...I will have to spend more time on the Carribean Slope next I go back. Anyone know what diademed means without googling it?
Groove-billed Ani is a strange bird, even approaching gross, but I find them...compelling.
I don't have a tropical field guide with me, but I'm pretty sure this is a Streak-headed Woodcreeper. Costa Rica has many woodcreeper species, most of which are unpleasantly difficult to identify and even harder to get good pictures of. And I thought they were bad in Mexico...
We were told this is a Monstera vine...its very common in forests and grows pressed against branches and tree trunks. One of my favorite plants we saw.
Books call this bird a Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, new Science calls it a Black-mandibled Toucan. Either way, they are very common and visible in much of Costa Rica. Big groups of them would congregate at fruiting trees; in fact, its all about finding fruiting trees, because that's where the birds are.