COSTA RICA: Resplendent Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal Costa Rica

Resplendent Quetzal Costa Rica

I believe the sounds of M.’s cooking quiet anxiety and even attract Resplendent Quetzals to her patio.  From her simple home perched on the edge of the wild Rio Savegre Valley she offers ‘Comida Tipica, a bright smile and patience to our group. We wait. We’ve already been here once today, enjoying a rainbow of bird color presented by other species. The quetzal’s chief competitor to date is the day-glow Flame-colored Tanager. Now at day’s end we return. We are tired, and hungry. We smell beans and rice cooking, chicken sautéing and being spiced. Where IS this bird? M. has greeted us as we drive in with a sigh, saying “he was here from 1:00pm to just about five minutes ago….” Its ten minutes to five, good light has gone. We wait. Only Nancy, a veteran watcher, honed to patience waiting to view Yellowstone’s sometimes elusive wolves, stays optimistic. Jackpot! HE flies in, a male ready for breeding, sporting long decorative plumes atop his tail. We witness at first the elegant view of his back, feathers well in order as he lands in a tree down slope. Then with startling agility he leaps – onto a perch just shy of M’s wild avocado tree. My camera captures a rather disheveled creature, wanting only one more morsel of rich succulent fruit before roosting. Like a movie-star caught back stage, we share an intimate glimpse into the real quetzal in which function trumps elegance. It is an intimate moment and once witnessed, we leave feeling comfortable and knowing this icon of Central America’s cloud forest must eat, just like the rest of us. Want to read on? Here is last year’s Trip Report. This year’s report – coming soon! http://www.naturalistjourneys.com/pdfs/07FinalreportCR_pix.pdf

Resplendent Quetzal Costa Rica
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One thought on “COSTA RICA: Resplendent Quetzal

  1. The MALE certianly is a colorful bird isnt he and his long streamer feathers and with his green red and white feathers he would certianly look good for christmas

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