This will be a collection of some photographs of birds seen out of the hand. Light conditions were not always optimum. Birds were often hiding behind leaves or branches. Sometimes they were ridiculously far away. There weren’t that many species seen, compared to “birding” trips. And yet I don’t think I can manage to do this in one post.
I have been hoping to see an American Dipper for years. I saw the European version of this bird several years ago, but have never seen an American Dipper well, to my knowledge, until now.
Common Tody Flycatcher is a favorite of mine. We saw perhaps three or four individuals over the course of the week, and this is the only one I could manage to get to even half-cooperate.
Tropical Kingbirds are ubiquitous but not always easy to capture. This one embodies my perception of this species as The Bird on the Wire.
I have seen Keel-Billed Toucans much closer but the challenge of capturing the one above makes me glad I tried.
I almost never see Broad-Winged Hawks at home, but they were plentiful in Costa Rica. We saw one every day.
Great-Tailed Grackles are so common you soon forget about how beautiful they can be. This one picked the perfect spot to be photographed.
I will be back very soon with the second half of this post. I am also trying to get some photographs on my flickr page.
Nice gallery of birds Lisa! 🙂
The toucan is an amazing sight.
Thank you. I wish I had gotten closer, but it was nice to see it all stretched out. 🙂
Great shots. I would freak out if I saw a toucan in the wild. How cool!
Thanks, J.J.! Greetings!
Am wondering where you saw and photographed the Toucan. During my two trips with Operation Ruby Throat to that part of Rica we never got a good view of a Toucan… And then only a flash.
Hi, Ethelyn! It was the day we went to Tapanti, and I was just lucky to get any photos at all. I’m convinced the best looks one gets of these birds is at feeders and we were not at the right feeders at the right time. 🙂