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1.5 days in Costa Rica: Fiery-billed Aracari | by spiderhunters
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1.5 days in Costa Rica: Fiery-billed Aracari

April 6th, 2008. Upper mirador at El Manatial de Agua Viva Road near Tarcoles, adjacent to Carara National Park.


This was one of my target species - a regional endemic restricted to the Pacific-slope of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. Field-guide depictions and this picture do not do justice to the beauty of this bird. At one point I had it back-lit in silhouette, and the bill had an unbelievable translucent, fiery glow, unlike anything I have ever seen in the bird world!

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Taken on May 15, 2008