We have images from a great variety of recent tours this month, and let's begin with "Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista" -- imagine having toes as long as those on this Northern Jacana, for which "lily-trotter" seems a very apt nickname! (Photo by participant Sandy Paci)
Costa Rica is great for hummers, and you are pretty much looking at a rainbow when you get a head-on view of a Fiery-throated Hummingbird. A fine image by participant Sandy Paci!
Are we seeing your best side? This Rufous-naped Wren seems to be striking a pose for our first group, guided by Dave Stejskal. (Photo by participant Sandy Paci)
These bizarre creatures appear to be half Platypus and half bird. We discovered a roost of comical yet cool Boat-billed Herons in some bamboo. (Photo by participant Sandy Paci)
Collared Aracaris have a lot of bill to carry around. Fortunately, it's made of some very light material... (Photo by participant Sandy Paci)
This angle shows the broad-based bill of a Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher nicely. (Photo by participant Sandy Paci)
Our second Rancho Naturalista group with guide Jesse Fagan was blown away when this Sunbittern spread its wings -- one of the most thrilling sightings in the New World! (Photo by participant Bob Sprague)
Participant Bob Sprague found the perfect angle to showcase the red throat of this Red-throated Ant-Tanager.
What a face! This Collared Redstart gave us a fantastic view. (Photo by participant Bob Sprague)
A great look like this view of Squirrel Cuckoo is always a crowd-pleaser. (Photo by participant Bob Sprague)
Participant Bob Sprague shared this awesome image of an immense Lebeau's Rothschildia or Rothschild Silkmoth.
Let's cross the border to our "Panama's Canopy Camp: Lowland Darien" tour, where guide John Rowlett and group enjoyed this Barred Puffbird. (Photo by participant Nancy Hoffman)
Clearly, this Black-throated Mango has something to say... (Photo by participant Nancy Hoffman)
We had plenty of good looks daily at Yellow-headed Caracaras like this individual, photographed by participant Nancy Hoffman.
Dusky-backed Jacamar have a very limited range in eastern Panama and adjacent Colombia, so catching up to this pair was a rare treat. (Photo by guide John Rowlett)
An unmistakeable profile -- guide John Rowlett and group won't soon forget watching this majestic Harpy Eagle hunting monkeys!
This White-tailed Trogon cooperated nicely. (Photo by participant Nancy Hoffman)
The structure of a Crane Hawk, with small head, broad wings (note the white crescent), and long tail, makes for a distinctive silhouette. (Photo by participant Nancy Hoffman)
From Darien, let's move to our recent "Panama's Canopy Lodge: El Valle de Anton" tour with guide John Coons. Participant Betsy Fulmer shared this photo of a dapper Rufous Motmot.
Check out the molt in the tail of this sunning immature Great Black Hawk. (Photo by participant Betsy Fulmer)
This mother and young created a tangle of Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths for this image by participant Betsy Fulmer.
We definitely listed this roosting Crested Owl as a tour highlight. (Photo by participant Betsy Fulmer)
From this angle, it is easy to see how Broad-billed Motmot gets its name. (Photo by participant Betsy Fulmer)
From Central American trips let's drop into South America with this Whistling Heron from "Holiday Colombia: Santa Marta Escape," guided by Richard Webster. (Photo by participant Myles McNally)
The boldness of the gorget on this Black-backed Thornbill is almost magnetic. Participant Myles McNally shared this wonderful image.
Check out the specialized beak on this Snail Kite -- it's perfect for extracting the meat out of its favorite food: freshwater snails. (Photo by participant Linda Rudolph)
Any guesses how this Green Violetear got its name? (Photo by participant Linda Rudolph)
How many shades of green do you see on this Blue-naped Chlorophonia? And the blue eyeliner's not bad, either... (Photo by participant Myles McNally)
Participant Myles NcNally shared this gorgeous array of wading birds (from left to right): White Ibis, Snowy Egret, and Scarlet Ibis.
Our second stop in South America this month is Trinidad & Tobago, where this Pinnated Bittern played peek-a-boo from the marsh with guide Tom Johnson and his group. (Photo by participant Rick Woodruff)
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