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Resplendent Quetzal

Pharomachrus mocinno, Quetzal


This resplendently beautiful bird lives in the mountains of Central America, but unfortunately its numbers are declining and its Protection Status is threatened (per National Geographic link below).


I took this photo by putting my point-n-shoot camera up against the lens of a very large, tripod mounted telescope while hiking in Costa Rica's cloud forest.

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ceherzog 11 years ago

I've been to Guatemala a couple of times but was more into orchids at the time...must go again!

Mostly Microbe
Mostly Microbe 11 years ago

Thanks Alice!
Ceherzog: then you should take a vacation to Costa Rica's Cloud Forest or Guatemala! It was quite the kick to get to see one on our last day in the forest! We saw a female, too, but couldn't get a picture of her.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Very nicely done anc certainly not invasive to the bird.!

ceherzog 11 years ago

It's my dream to see one of these.

Mostly Microbe
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 2, 2006
Submitted on Oct 9, 2011

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