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February 27, 2012
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Dec 30, 2011, 1:26:05 PM
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Master of Disguise by mydigitalmind Master of Disguise by mydigitalmind
Do you think you could spot this bird if you didn't know he was there?? The Common Potoo is a tough bird to spot. It looks like a branch with a beak and eyes... when predators come near, it holds steady, closes its eyes and can easily fool any predator. If you look closely at his eye, you can see vertical slits that he can see out of (so that he is not completely blind while danger is near). Our guides knew that he likes to hang out in this area - this is the only way we knew where he was. Even while our boat was right next to him, he was tough to spot unless you knew exactly what to look for.

Common Potoo
Sierpe River, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
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Nice job! I am so very speechless to say you have finally caught the desguised Common potoo I was looking for. In fact, for many years. Good job using your eyes to visualize the parts and look outs for this special, well unique bird. There's so much to see. Thank you, you are quite a true photographer for creatures like these. Nature is full of wonders, I love birds and others. You should deserve attention for this! I expect more pictures to come. Keep up the good work, hope to see more from you!


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Lahki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool bird, cool photo. In the picture its easy to find the bird, but in real it must be really hard
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! He had to be pointed out to me!
drewcampiondrew Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
This is incredible, it looks like, this species of bird is going to sneeze, but of course it's not, you have achieved a very focused pic. you have captured wonderfully the Potoo bird, with great clarity. I have never heard of or heard a Potoo, it looks like a tree stump though. It's a FAVE for me now. COOL.Thanks for sharing the photograph.Eye Candy LET ME EYE CANDY THIS AGAIN .
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It does look like a stump - that's their best defense!!! Thanks! :D
LindArtz Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Wow, that's an understatement! I looked and looked for the longest time before I finally saw. :rofl:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol, I had a hard time finding him to while people were pointing him out!!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Is that what happened?!! He's a smart little bugger then! He knew you were trying to see him so shut his eyes to make himself even harder to see. That's amazing! :)
Escara40 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
Hi :wave: this beutiful image has been featured in my journal [link] :)
Hope you like it :blowkiss:
Kacper59 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Georgous photo!
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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