Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Bare-throated Tiger Heron: Rincon River Bridge, Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica — The Rincon River Bridge in Rincon, just a mile or so from the Bay, is famous for one bird: The Yellow-billed Cotinga which can often be seen in flight, and rarely perched, there early in the morning. This is a very hard bird to see elsewhere, and I suspect that most birders who have seen it, have seen it right there on the bridge, just at sunup. We went. We saw it…though we did not get a look at a perched bird…but while we were there we had some fun with Herons and other birds as the sun finally burned off the morning mist. This is a Bare-throated Tiger Heron. I looked it up…or tried to…and there are 6 species of Tiger Herons. The name, apparently, comes from the striping in the plumage and the overall rufous coloration. They used to be Tiger Bitterns. I long ago stopped looking for logic in bird names. 🙂 This one looked particularly ruddy in the morning sun. I am not sure what was going on in the second shot with the ruff of feathers around the throat…this is not behavior I have seen in Herons before. It might have been a trick of the wind…but I had the impression that the ruff was intentional and part of the hunting posture??? If anyone know different, please chime in in the comments. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 and 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

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