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The adventures of Fe & Chris

At last

After 5 weeks of near glimpses and lots of early morning calls we were finally treated to some impressive views of not one, not two, but four Resplendent Quetzals hanging around near Base Camp. Resplendent they were too - the male (as probably described previously) has amazingly long tail feathers and the female isn’t too shoddy either with turquoise green body and a red front. Unfortunately it was still difficult to get a decent photo, but one of the more adventurous birders - a Cuban called Ernesto - headed off into the jungle, crossing rivers and clambering up trees to obtain the photo below. Perhaps not quite as impressive as they are in reality, but it gives you an idea!

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2 Comments »

  Keir wrote @ August 13th, 2007 at 6:02 am

Well you see. Groz and myself went the zoo on Saturday morning and I could swear that we saw one of them. Well the ones we saw had feathers and a bill and were colourful. Most impressed with a zoo person who having watched Groz and I look for the dung beetle for 5mins said - it is empty - they are boring anyway!

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ August 15th, 2007 at 9:30 am

Well now it is a very strange coincidence that just yesterday we happened to see a male Resplendant Quetzal on its perch in Chambers Street in Edinburgh, lovely long tail feathers too!!!!

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