Daily Archives: December 30, 2019

Green Kingfisher drama

We watched this little drama unfold as we floated, engine idling to keep us in place, along the shore of the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica. Our Point and Shoot Nature Photography Adventure in Costa Rica always includes a morning on a tour boat out of Puerto Viejo. When the river is high enough we go upstream and then up the Puerto Viejo river at least as far as the cable bridge at La Selva Biological Research Station…looking for birds and wildlife along the shores. This is a female and fledgling Green Kingfisher. When we first saw them they were locked together, beak to beak, and seemed to be having difficulty separating. They struggled for a good 10 minutes as we watched, but then suddenly pulled apart. I could not figure out exactly what was going on. It is possible their beaks were indeed somehow locked…and it is possible the greedy youngster just would not let go. At any rate, all’s well that ends well, and both birds seemed fine in the end. The male, by the way, sat a few yards away and watched the whole thing. Sony Rx10iv at 1200mm equivalent (2x Clear Image Zoom). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos and assembled in Framemagic.