My first trip to Costa Rica was four years ago and I saw many new birds to add to my life list. But, as I looked through my “Birds of Costa Rica” book, I saw others that made me say to myself, “I want to see that one!” This time I did see some of those “spectacular” birds and I was able to photograph them. Some have interesting characteristics, some are just plain beautiful, and some have cool-sounding names.
I spotted this Sunbittern as our bus drove across a one-lane bridge passing over a small stream. On the other side of the bridge, the bus driver pulled over and we all got out and had good looks at this 18-inch-long bird. It looks like a heron but is actually the only member of its family.