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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.<br />
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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&#039;s the way of the jungle. And let&#039;s not forget, we had fun and made a new friend:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76840/long-tailed_sylph_-_3_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html" title="Long-tailed sylph - 3, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/76840_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1564012810&Signature=tXK72eTgLZM7si6iREiV8GyxQZw%3D" width="200" height="174" alt="Long-tailed sylph - 3, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia Our 2nd day in La Planada Nature Reserve, which was our only full day in the reserve, was full of challenges. The morning hike brought an interesting set of birds, yet conditions were challenging. After lunch, extremely heavy, deafening rain set in and continued for pretty much the entire afternoon. <br />
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We retreated to our private lodge. For hours on end, I did absolutely nothing at all, a rarity in my life. I just sat at the porch overseeing the bushes in front of it, whilst Henriette went inside to read a book. Its throughout this long sit at the porch that I noticed an interesting interval.<br />
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Hugo the Hummingbird, a male Long-tailed sylph, we had seen before around the lodges of the reserve. In this heavy never-ending rain I noticed it would attend a fruit tree directly in front of me, every 20 minutes or so. Not to feed, instead to dry and clean its feathers. It would pick the same dry branch of the tree every single time, and spend about a minute there. Most hummingbirds cannot stop feeding just because it rains, so they are stuck in this perpetual cycle of feeding and drying wings. <br />
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So here&#039;s a few shots of Hugo, a 4K video, and an over-the-top drama glitter edit.<br />
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwKe5RWbs3U<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76837/long-tailed_sylph_-_1_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76839/long-tailed_sylph_-_2_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76838/long-tailed_sylph_-_glitter_bonus_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html Aglaiocercus kingii,Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,La Planada Nature Reserve,Long-tailed sylph,South America" /></a></figure><br />
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 &quot;viewpoint&quot;, a high point that oversees a huge valley, had only given us pure white mist as thick as soup. Hence we renamed the &quot;viewpoint&quot; to just &quot;the point?&quot;. <br />
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Although we were in a pretty relaxed &quot;let&#039;s see what happens today&quot; 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.  Collared trogon,Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,La Planada Nature Reserve,South America,Trogon collaris Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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:

Long-tailed sylph - 3, La Planada Nature Reserve, Colombia Our 2nd day in La Planada Nature Reserve, which was our only full day in the reserve, was full of challenges. The morning hike brought an interesting set of birds, yet conditions were challenging. After lunch, extremely heavy, deafening rain set in and continued for pretty much the entire afternoon. <br />
<br />
We retreated to our private lodge. For hours on end, I did absolutely nothing at all, a rarity in my life. I just sat at the porch overseeing the bushes in front of it, whilst Henriette went inside to read a book. Its throughout this long sit at the porch that I noticed an interesting interval.<br />
<br />
Hugo the Hummingbird, a male Long-tailed sylph, we had seen before around the lodges of the reserve. In this heavy never-ending rain I noticed it would attend a fruit tree directly in front of me, every 20 minutes or so. Not to feed, instead to dry and clean its feathers. It would pick the same dry branch of the tree every single time, and spend about a minute there. Most hummingbirds cannot stop feeding just because it rains, so they are stuck in this perpetual cycle of feeding and drying wings. <br />
<br />
So here's a few shots of Hugo, a 4K video, and an over-the-top drama glitter edit.<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwKe5RWbs3U<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76837/long-tailed_sylph_-_1_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76839/long-tailed_sylph_-_2_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/76838/long-tailed_sylph_-_glitter_bonus_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html Aglaiocercus kingii,Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,La Planada Nature Reserve,Long-tailed sylph,South America

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.

    comments (5)

  1. Beautiful and nice to see from a different angle. Did you get to see the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan? Posted 2 months ago
    1. This was the build up, Christine. You don't ask for the outcome of a movie at the start of the movie. An outcome you already know from my travel report ;) Posted 2 months ago
      1. Lol, I almost always look up the ending of a movie while/before I'm watching it. Patience isn't a strength of mine, even when I can assume the outcome ;P Posted 2 months ago
        1. I'm impatient as well, but not as impatient as that lol. So especially for you: of course we saw it. Will try to share it tomorrow. Posted 2 months ago
          1. Yay, thanks! Posted 2 months ago

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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

Similar species: Trogons And Quetzals
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  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
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