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Looking like a cross between a big bittern and an immature tiger-heron, Pinnated Bittern is very patchily distributed in wetlands with emergent vegetation from Mexico to northern Argentina. David and Judy Smith provide a perfect portrait from the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour this year.
Among the most attractive of its family of beauties, Golden-crowned Tanager is restricted to high-elevation dense montane forest and elfin woodland from Venezuela (barely) through Ecuador. On the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour with Willy Perez, David and Judy Smith did the species proud with this image.
Even though it stands only 20 centimeters tall, Pale-legged Hornero has the imposing countenance of a velociraptor. This bird, photographed by David and Judy Smith on the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour, would be considered Pacific Hornero (Furnarius cinnamomeus) according to some authorities.