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... as did the bird’s mate, which has a remarkably different plumage, less striking but very beautiful. (Photos by Bill Byers.)
Rainforest birding can feel like work at times, when the birds don’t just pop out into perfect light on a branch. Indeed, much of the time, birding here requires patience, equilibrium, and stamina. But persevere they did, and even Jesse saw a long-overdue new bird: Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo! Sorry we don’t have a photo, but everyone was too busy enjoying the bird this time… (Photo by Charlotte Byers.)
Antbirds can challenge equilibrium, even in experienced birders. But they’re worth the effort! Those that pose like this are victories, whether adorned with odd plumes or bare skin—or just named in such a way that they can be easily identified. This mercifully named White-browed Antbird played hide-and-seek for a bit but decided to perch just long enough for a portrait. (Photo by Charlotte Byers.)