Daily Archives: December 17, 2019

Red-headed Barbet

My only really good look at the “other” barbet of Costa Rica, the Red-headed Barbet, came on my very first trip. Since then I have either not seen one at all…or, as on this year’s trip, only had momentary glimpses of the female. I put it down to simple bad timing. They are there. And this female which appeared for only a moment at the feeders at Soda Y Mirador in Cinchona, is proof. The male of the species is unmistakable, with its bright red head, but the female is certainly an attractive bird as well. I would not have expected the blues around the face, which are totally lacking in the male. A few of the folks on my Point and Shoot Nature Photography Adventure in Costa Rica were better positioned than I was and got killer shots of this bird. Hard not to be jealous. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Anti-motion Blur mode. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.