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Clay-colored Robin

Image # 1D2_02349

Grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 800, f/8, 1/320 second

Aperture Priority at -1, 500EX/BB at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


This species is the national bird of Costa Rica, which has always seemed to me to be an odd choice, given the astonishing colors and beauty in so many of the other species to choose from. Our guide indicated that many of the more unique birds are quite limited in their location, while the Clay-colored Robin is present throughout the country, and that this influenced its being chosen. It is a beautiful bird, and I'm glad to include it here, but I wouldn't argue with a different choice!