Limpkin and Snail Kite at Angostura

Here are some of the latest images from John and Milena Beer taken at the Angostura Dam back in Turrialba, Costa Rica. First up are two species not otherwise found in our  area, the Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) and the Limpkin (Aramus guarauna):

Kite, Snail, female, Casa Turire (1)

Female Snail Kite, a species otherwise found in Costa Rica only much further north; photo by John and Milena Beer

The Limpkin is the sole representative of its family in the entire world, looking somewhat like a cross between a rail and a crane. North American birders are familiar with it from the southern US states:

Limpkin, Angostura

John and Milena’s latest photograph of this individual Limpkin highlights the elegant outline of this species

Thanks again to John and Milena Beer for keeping me in touch with what’s happening in the bird world of Turrialba. The next post will feature some more of their latest photographs but I can’t resist adding here two more from the Beers’ recent visits to the Angostura Dam:

Heron, Little-blue, immature, Casa Turire

Immature Little Blue Heron sitting on water hyacinth

Heron, Green, Casa Turire (1)

Green Heron, very common but a real beauty

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