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Resplendent Quetzal by mydigitalmind Resplendent Quetzal by mydigitalmind
My trip to Costa Rica ended in an area that is known for having many Quetzals. This photo is from an early morning tour where we were lucky to see two pairs of this beautiful bird up close. I returned the next day for an even closer view. As I was going back to the lodge to pack for the airport, another Quetzal flew over my head into an avocado tree behind our room. What a great way to end the perfect vacation.

Resplendent Quetzal
San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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:icongothicpoet0615:
One: i love this bird. Two: where did you take this picture? and Three: Is it worth it? this is a beautiful picture of this quetzal bird; stood very still and looks like a portrait of some kind of royal bird. superb quality and quality of light and position in what you took the picture. the green of the feathers stand out in this picture and retains this innocence and tranquility that every animal possess but rarely seen in birds, which this picture captures that ideal.even though people take people use this bird in art, it's still a wonderful portrait. frankly in two words: it's adorable!!! truly cute and perfect; love it to pieces!!!! good work :D
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agnes21 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Stunning! Love 
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!
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:iconexit-humanity:
exit-humanity Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
paradise birdie :D
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.  never seen one of these before!
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:iconladycorvidaea:
LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful shot! They are truly magnificent birds!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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:iconladycorvidaea:
LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wherever that place is I seriously wanna go there... 

Anyways, you're so lucky to have spotted this beauty! I have always wanted to see one. 
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Maybe one day!! It's a great place to visit.
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a stunning bird--I love these guys! Really nice, long shot you got here. :aww:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! It helps that he is so beautiful :D
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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Davigar Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Increible..! Te felicito...por la suerte y el pulso. Yo tuve un momoto como a 50m de distancia y ninguna de las fotos las pude enfocar, era tal la impresión, pues nunca había visto uno.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gracias! Estas aves fueron muy cooperativos para mí.
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:iconrinkle:
Rinkle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Very very cool.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconanafabys:
anafabys Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
You are very lucky for take this pic, thanks for share!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!
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:iconhelens-serendipity:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a stunner... lucky you :nod:
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:iconcamdissa:
Camdissa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WOW! That is very beautiful bird! And you lucky duck! I hope I get to go to Costa Rica someday (:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
lucky, lucky, lucky!! amazing bird :love:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I do feel very lucky to see the bird I went on vacation to see!!! :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
and it looks like you had a wonderful time!
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:iconkeezrha:
KeezRha Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to see one for real. They're amazing! :love: Congrats for this great capture!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was like a dream :) Thank you!
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EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
That is such a beautiful bird, I've never seen one like it before o: such colorful feathers
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He is the best I've seen so far :) Thanks for the comment!
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GnarlyRockerchick Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you're so lucky you got to photograph the Quetzal! They're such beautiful and majestic creatures. I wish I could see one for real, I have been since I was a little girl and found out it was the national bird for Guatemala (where I'm from). It's an excellent shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! If you ever visit Costa Rica, be sure to check out San Gerardo de dota - it's known for Quetzals!
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GnarlyRockerchick Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have gone before but now I know where to go to see some thank you and it's my pleasure [:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The males are amazing, with their tail feathers. I'm glad they're surviving still :clap;
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a great site to see :D
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
So magical :heart: I'm so happy that you had a good time!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :D
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1passionatefool Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Nice! B-)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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1passionatefool Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
:hug:
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:iconglassreflections:
glassreflections Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a stunning bird. Wonderful capture.
How was your trip?
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The trip was AMAZING!!!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's good to hear! :) How long were you there for?
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
We went for 10 days :)
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How fun! :)
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Seldavia Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
WOW! I saw one of these some 15 years ago on a trip to the cloud forest in Costa Rica; though "saw" is a bit of a stretch, all I could make out was a silhouette.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Our first sighting was from pretty far away, between branches on a windy day. Was a good look through a scope, but the later sightings were much better!
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Canon EOS 7D
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400 mm
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Jan 7, 2012, 8:13:38 AM
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