Collared trogon, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia
A very early bird on our last morning in La Planada Nature Reserve. It was found near the reception area and very calm, it even allowed me to run back from breakfast to get the camera.
La Planada Nature Reserve during our 1.5 days prior had not been cooperating much: rain, clouds and poor light all the way. Yet to us it was proof once again that if you love nature broadly, it hardly matters. We just switched categories. We managed to squeeze a good set of birds out of the place. We did 2 massive moth nights. We picked up butterflies on the open paths. We found wild orchids as well as an orchid research garden. Just be very opportunistic, it's the way of the jungle. And let's not forget, we had fun and made a new friend:
Yet one trophy remained. Since we were already quite satisfied, we had almost forgotten about this being one of the original reasons for attending: the epic Plate-billed Mountain Toucan. The previous two attempts at the "viewpoint", a high point that oversees a huge valley, had only given us pure white mist as thick as soup. Hence we renamed the "viewpoint" to just "the point?".
Although we were in a pretty relaxed "let's see what happens today" mode, and not in some obsessed hunting mode, we did decide to exclusively focus on the Toucan, for as long as the morning would last.
The collared trogon is a near passerine bird in the trogon family, Trogonidae. It is found in the warmer parts of the Neotropics and includes numerous subspecies, including ''T. c. exoptatus'' from northern Colombia, northern Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The subspecies ''T. c. aurantiiventris'' is recognized by many authorities as a separate species: the orange-bellied trogon.
It is a resident of tropical forests, where it nests in a hole in a termite nest or tree, with a typical.. more