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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Camera critters: curassows and chachalaca





I had chosen a cute little animal for Camera Critters this week, but then I came across our pictures of these birds, identified them using our book Birds of Costa Rica and had to share them.

The top photo shows a pair of Great Curassows, with the female in the small photo on the left. Her mate is in the top photo to the right. Below him is a Chachalaca (isn't that a fun name?) trying to compete with smaller, faster birds for the food put out at the Villa Decary in Costa Rica. (Note: The three small photos do not enlarge well, but the first one does.)

Photos by Richard Schear.

Posted by Kay Davies for the
CAMERA CRITTERS meme.

25 comments:

ladyfi said...

What elegant looking birds!

cat said...

Great shots of the stunning birds.

Dimple said...

Interesting top knots on those! I like chachalaca, too!
Thanks for the visit!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Very regal and beautiful birds

BJ Roan said...

Love their names. Wonderful photos of beauatiful critters.

EG Wow said...

They look so unusual!

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, they do look unusual. We couldn't believe they were real when we first saw them. And then when they started walking -- they're just a hoot when they walk on those long skinny legs.

Boom Nisanart said...

Extraordinary Birds ! Thank you to share with us...very nice captured

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking birds, I love Costa Rica, such a great place to vacation.

Greyscale Territory said...

I have never heard of these birds before! Fascinating photos! They look like a species of peacock!

maiaT said...

Very beautiful birds and photos. The first shot is amazing when enlarged.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous, very interesting name hehehe.

Lyndsey said...

They are so cool! Great shots.

Oskar said...

What lovely birds!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What interesting looking birds, great shots

eden said...

Such beautiful creatures. Great shots.

Fe said...

lovely pictures !

Francisca said...

Those a very regal looking birds, Kay! Super for Camera Critters! Are you scanning photos or did you go digital quite early?

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Francisca -- I don't think I went digital early, but I don't remember when. However, we had digital cameras when we started our world travels. I just wish I could find my 1982 Australia pictures to scan. Sigh. They are "somewhere" -- wherever that is.
-- K

JM said...

Fantastic birds! I have visited Costa Rica and was lucky for having seen many of the wildlife but I don't remember any of these.

ruthi said...

so cute. i would love to follow them around with my camera on hand.

lisaschaos said...

These are great birds! Not sure I would have ever seen them if you hadn't shared your photos.

Erika B said...

How beautiful the birds composed themselves in the shot!

Erika B

Misty Dawn said...

What neat looking critters! Love it!

Carolina Mountains said...

Cool birds - makes me want to visit Costa Rica!