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Common Potoo

Image # 1D2_03547

Roadside in the Arenal area


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 800, f/11, 1/800 second

Manual Metering

Gitzo 1325/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


Marco, our guide, got incredibly excited when he spotted this as we were just driving down the road (going from the Arenal Observatory Lodge to the Arenal Hanging Gardens). It turns out that this is a very rare bird to see during the day, as they are primarily nocturnal. Not surprisingly, then, he never opened his eyes. And given its coloration, and position at the top of a very tall and similarly colored tree trunk, I am still amazed that he saw it. We all got out and shot it for close to an hour, and were fortunate to have some blue sky behind it at times.