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The Resplendent Quetzal is a threatened species that is found in the mountains of Central America. The last week of our trip, we visited one of the cloud forest areas of Costa Rica. My quest was to find, and photograph this spectacular bird. The body of the questzal is around 18", and the tail of the male is nearly 24". It is said that the colors of the bird have influenced the flag of numerous Central American countries, including Costa Rica. I was able to go out with a guide that led me to an area where a few had been spotted. We set out at first light, and luck was with us. It's somewhat of an equal challenge to present the intricate features of this subject with a full length version at 640 pixels.

Good luck to all this week.
Ed





Quetzal Quest

  Canon EOS 70D    500mm    f/4.5    1/125s    400 ISO    +0.7 EV  




Feb 24, 2014 at 11:44 PM
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Great shot Ed! I would love to see a life-sized print of that guy.
Really nice capture.
greg



Feb 25, 2014 at 03:10 AM
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Hi, Greg. Thanks for the comment. The bird really is spectacular. The colors are somewhat luminescent. I'm posting a close up of the upper body, Hope that gives you a better feel for its magnificence.

Best,
Ed







Feb 25, 2014 at 01:12 PM
 

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My kind of Quest, Awesome Ed ...
Jim



Feb 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM
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Beautiful image. Thank you for sharing. Jim


Feb 25, 2014 at 04:55 PM
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Ed... Very cool looking bird and I have never heard of a Quetzal.


Feb 25, 2014 at 10:50 PM





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