Sunday, April 4, 2010

Costa Rica bird...part two

The Collared Aracari a Toucan is one of my favorite birds seen in Costa Rica. These birds were seen during our stay two weeks ago in Tortuguero. One morning we watched a couple leaving a nest in a telephone pole on the grounds of our resort. It seemed to me that the nest was made and being used by a couple of  Woodpeckers. The Collared Aracari were raiding the woodpeckers nest. We watched the Collared Aracari squeezing in and out of the hole in the telephone pole.





According to wikipedia.org the Collared Aracari eats fruit but will also take insects, lizards, bird eggs and other small prey.







The Collared Aracari are cool looking birds and just one of many exotic looking birds I had the pleasure of seeing in Costa Rica

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22 comments:

Wren said...

What a fabulous trip, Eileen. The Collared Aracari is very cool looking indeed. Different from the "fruit loops" Toucan we generally think of, but attractive in its own right. The last photo gives a sense of how strong that beak must be!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: I have visited Costa Rica and the birds you captured were very colorful.

Martha Z said...

These tropical birds are so different from what we see here, but the acorn woodpecker, that's a surprise, I diddn't know its range extended to central America.

Johnny Nutcase said...

nice shots, excellent birds! The aracaris are such exciting birds (i think!). Tortuguero was pretty much the only area we didn't get to in CR...next time (during turtle season). Great photos, Eileen :)

mick said...

That sounds like a great trip with so many beautiful birds to see. Great photos of the Toucan.

Maria Berg said...

We do have almost the same woodpecker - but I do love going abroad to see some more interesting birds, MB

Naturegirl said...

Awww...poor woody but I suppose it is a law of nature...they fend for themselves...but still awwww!
Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Carver said...

You got some great shots of the birds in Costa Rica. Such a variety.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Lovely bird photos, always fun to see birds from a different part of the world.

happily retired gal said...

thanks so much for sharing these beautiful bird photos from your trip with us ... I especially love the toucan ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Ebie said...

Vacation and birding, a great way to enjoy time off from work.

I have not seen these birds. They look rare to me!

Lina Gustina said...

Wow, you truly have done great jobs here...
It's a stunning birds pictures...



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Bob Kaufman said...

Beautiful shots of the Aracari.Looking forward to more bird photos from costa rica.

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the Collared Aracari Eileen. Are those woodpecker eggs in their beaks? I bet those woodpeckers will choose a cavity with a smaller entrance hole next time!

I believe the nest being raided belongs to a Black-cheeked Woodpecker. They have the striped back similar to the Ladder-backed Woodpecker whereas the Acorn Woodpecker's back is all black and they have a slightly different facial pattern.

Either way I feel sorry for the woodpecker that has completed all the work of creating the nest and laying eggs, only to have them pillaged by the beautiful Toucan.

But that's nature. Live and learn.

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos! What a beak that guy has on him.

Phil said...

I'm envious of your Costa Rica trip Eileen and you obviously saw some exotic birds. Great header photo.

SquirrelQueen said...

He is an interesting looking bird and that beak does look very strong. This must have been a really exciting trip with all of the different birds you saw.

jabblog said...

This is just such a stunning bird - how cheeky to raid the woodpecker's nest!

diane said...

OOOh they are so different and interesting.

Willard said...

It's great to see the photos from your trip, Eileen. What a great place to visit.

NatureFootstep said...

I am always amazed by the large beaks some birds have. Like this Aracari you show us here.

Lana Gramlich said...

Very cool. My husband just came into a bit of money & we were talking just last night about a possible birding trip to Costa Rica. In the meantime, I'll envy you your experience! ;)