Western meadow lark: I find this one of the more difficult birds to photograph. I am seldom able to get close enough to get any kind of shot. I took these yesterday at quite a distance with a 7DMII + Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary lens zoomed to 600. I had to crop heavily in post. Sometimes one has to go with what one has and be happy with
A couple more more Costa Rica birds. Pale-billed Woodpecker - perhaps one of the ugliest woodpeckers on the planet. Montezuma Oropendola, which nest is sacks hanging from Palm type trees. I'll have to dig up a pic.
This one got my attention because of the very rich and perfect plumage. At home I start thinking: "why I actually ignore this bird if it is naturalized here (brought to the islands in 1860) and there are wild, self-sufficient and artificially "controlled" populations on few different points of the Island?". One of them - in Koko Crater was actually totally killed some years ago. Must be because it's deeply nailed in my European mind that they belong to Zoo or some parks and somebody have to take care of them wintertime. Very different here! Low quality (20 in DXO PL) files - to smuggle them here !
Every time I take new photo of baby White Tern I say myself "this should be the last - you collected plenty of them". And still taking new photos ! But they are molting so different and look so "individual" (like the "punk" in the next pics)... I'm always like "this one and no more"?
The hummingbirds were dazzling wherever we went. This Violet Sabrewing White-necked Jacobin Humming birdwas common in the Turialba region. 1/640 at 800 mm so a little lacking in detail. The white neck is rearward and not showing.