Endemic Silk, More Costa Rican Birding Adventures #2

Well not silk really, but Silky Flycatchers.

Did I yet say that I had an incredible (times infinity) experience in Costa Rica for the WildBird Birder Of The Year Trip? My sincere gratitude and thanks to Swarovski Optik and WildBird!

I was awed by the big, bright colorful birds, but the ones that captivated me were the more modest types. The Silky Flycatchers fit just right into that category. We were delighted by a lovely pair of Black-and-yellow Silky Flycatchers. We saw these beauties near the hummingbird feeders of Paraiso Del Quetzal, Masizo de La Muerte, Talamanca Mountain Range, buzzing with Firey-throated Hummingbirds and others (more on them later). Can you see them in the photo below? (click on the photos for a larger view)Here is a nice photo of the lovely female. Such beautiful subtle hues. These birds were quite relaxed and didn’t seem to mind our presence at all. Such a sweet chunky bird!
Here is her partner, very attentive to me photographing him, but not showing any signs of wanting to leave. Both he and the Mrs. stayed viewable for quite sometime, even while the hoards of hummingbirds buzzed about. You just can’t get more beautiful than this.
Or can you? The Long-tailed Silky Flycatchers took your breath away in small gasps, so you hardly knew you were breathing, they were so gorgeous. Below is an immature bird feeding upside down on one of the abundant fruit bearing trees.
Trying to describe this adult bird in words while you can’t breathe for the beauty of it – delicate, seemingly fine painted porcelain, with a dash of chivalry; stunning.Both of these species are endemic to Costa Rica and Panama, so you won’t find them anywhere else. They love the mountainous areas.
I have never been birding outside the U.S. before, so 4 full days of birding in Costa Rica was the time of my life. Our guide Alex Villegas was amazing and without him birding would have been much harder and much less successful, I’m sure!

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