Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan, also called Rainbow-billed or Sulfur-breasted Toucan,(Ramphastos sulfuratus) close-up profile portrait in La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica.

We just returned from our first trip to Costa Rica, a beautiful and hot Central-American country. So we had to cope not only with the jet-lag but also with temperature-lag. In two days we went from 30° C to – 5° C when we came back to Belgium, and we were lucky to just miss the snowstorm in New-York.

The first picture we want to share from this trip, is this handsome bird, officially a keel-billed toucan, also called rainbow-billed or sulfur-breasted toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus).  We met him in the La Paz Waterfall Gardens near San-José. It may seem strange that we went to visit birds that are kept in enclosures, but it was a great way to get acquainted with them, since it was the start of our tour of the country. The birds here are living in enormous cages where they can fly around, and visitors wander through the plants in search of the birds. All animals here seem to be confiscated by the governmentfrom illegal traders or donated by owners. Many of these birds lack the basic skills to survive in the wild on their own. So, this place is a great chance to get real close and make some awesome close up bird portraits.

Featured photo on Fotoblur ArtBook Group & Color and Light Group.

And here's a look behind the scene, maybe our actor has a little bit of stagefright ?