Readers’ wildlife photos

Here’s part two of reader Linden Gledhill’s photographs of animals from Costa Rica—mostly birds. (See part one from yesterday.) Linden’s notes are indented:

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans). Wow, what a stunning bird! I spent two hours with a guide searching for this species in woods next to an open field.  This was the only shot I captured and unfortunately I didn’t see the intense red breast until the bird turned and flew directly toward me.

White-fronted Parrot (Amazona albifrons). This species was ever present, mainly in very noisy flocks. Even with a 700mm lens I found them difficult to photograph as they were often high in tree tops.

Orange-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis). Such a cute bird. I often found these in bonded pairs preening each other or taking termites from large nests in trees.

White-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa). Spectacular bird; like all Jay species they are always up to mischief.  I found the same flock on multiple days—they roamed a large area along the cost and seem to feed on anything they could find.  One morning I found them eating a fish carcass on the beach (see second photo):

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) A migratory species which spends its winters in Costa Rica and other southern countries as far as Peru.

Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) A large insectivore with a great looking toupee. I was interested to learn that they nest in a tree cavity and usually use a snakeskin as a lining for their nest.

Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) Such a bold and inquisitive bird. They have no fear of people and were constantly present around the grounds of the hotel.  They appear to have changed their behaviour and were once limited to the coast of Costa Rica but now have moved inland to follow people.


  1. Colleen Milloy
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Stunning photos and great commentary. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Posted January 19, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Completely engaging. The observations (and occassional mention of challenges and camera gear) have me pretty much hooked!

  3. W.Benson
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Great photos.

  4. Terry Sheldon
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    More beautiful photos! Love the jay in particular. Thanks!

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    What great creatures! Is it any wonder there are nearly 60 million American birdwatchers.

  6. Posted January 19, 2018 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos. I wonder if the parakeets were actually taking termites or, more likely, were making their nests in the termite nests.

  7. Paul S
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Not sure what Linden was doing, but the Great-tailed Grackle looks incredulous.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Another splendid batch of birds; really cool shot of the jay. Thanks!

  9. Liz
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    All wonderful pictures. Beautiful. I have some I can send.

  10. Greg
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant photos.

    I hate to play favorites, but that Elegant trogon is as good as it gets.

  11. Andrea Kenner
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them!

  12. Posted January 19, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    These are so great. Thanks, Linden; I thoroughly enjoyed that!

  13. ploubere
    Posted January 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    A great series yesterday and today, excellent shots. Thanks for sharing them.

  14. Posted January 19, 2018 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic pics!

  15. Posted January 19, 2018 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Very nice

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