Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Emerald Toucanet


Still in the process of organizing my hard drive and I came across these bad boys from Costa Rica from 2009, the Emerald Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus). Out of the 200+ birds we saw, these were in the top 5. I mean, look at 'em. Holy fancy pants. That green and blue is so bright it make my eyes go into some weird frenzy. There were three of them that we saw, and these are two different individuals. It was pouring rain - you can tell that one guy is pretty soaked in the 2nd photo. Also, you can check out his tomia, the sharp edges you see on the edge of the bill. Those things could do some damage. You can look in the labels for a couple other pictures of these guys. I'm really quite fond of them. And Zac and and I missed out on a tropics trip this year which is making me hurt a little bit on the inside. Hopefully we'll go to Panama at the end of the year... World Bird Wednesday Abc Wednesday Outdoor Wednesday

43 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! That is SOME beak! How Entertaining!

Denise
ABC Team

Sylvia K said...

What a beak indeed! And what a gorgeous color! Terrific for the E Day! Hope your week is off to a great start, Jill! Enjoy!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Sally in WA said...

These are beautiful birds, Jill. I would be enthralled to sit and watch them, rain or not!

Cezar and Léia said...

What a lovely name!
Your critters pictures are always always perfect and adorable!
hugs
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg
purrs and love from little Luna

biobabbler said...

wow, what a stunner. Awesome shots. Yes, I too LOVE serious color, as that vermilion flycatcher you had recently. One of the first birds I saw in Belize and still one of my faves, and did definitely freak my eyes out. SO BRIGHT my eyes could not see detail. Just disembodied electric vibrating COLOR. Fabulous. Stoked for your future trip!

Jedediah said...

That is one bird I have not seen before. Like all toucans, I think it looks a bit like a stuffed toy. Beautiful photos, I love the single drop of water on his chest in the first one.

Jane and Chris said...

Fancy pants indeed!! WOWee they are beautiful.
Jane x

Jingle said...

it is sure entertaining,
lovely E word.

jo©o said...

Who says blue and green don't go together ?
Terrific and cheery images from that trip. Hope you get your hard drive sorted. When you're done you can come and sort mine :-)

Øyvind Buljo said...

Beautiful bird! Nice colors!

Nanka said...

Enchanting little bird!! Very vibrant colors too!!

Carver said...

That's a gorgeous bird. Fantastic shots.

Frank said...

Whow ... that's a chunky feeding impliment to carry around all the time. Super images Jill.

Gary said...

Show stoppers!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Roger Owen Green said...

Great shot.

But you ORGANIZE your hard drive? Gee, I probably should do that...

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - ROG

Woody said...

Man, they won the color lottery! It almost seems unfair to some of their bird brothers and sisters.

mick said...

What a beak! Great photos.

photowannabe said...

Simply gorgeous colors. Oh my, that beak! I wouldn't want to get into an argument with that. thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

theconstantwalker said...

Beautiful colours. What a lovely bird...great images

Hilke Breder said...

I am joining the chorus: those are lovely images, lovely soft colors!

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful - the eye in the first photo is definitely watching! Great photos.

Marites said...

gorgeous color and gee, that beak is kinda intimidating and impressive. have a good week!

Mary said...

Gorgeous photo & what a beak!

Dixxe said...

What a fantastic BIRD--that beak is amazing!! Great photos!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Awesome photo of that glorious bird!!! The colors are magnificent.

Shirley said...

Beautiful birds and your photography is outstanding. I bet those beaks could cut your finger right off!!

LV said...

Loved seeing these pretty birds from Costa Rica. I was there once, but cannot remember all the pretty birds I saw.

Light and Voices said...

Nice composition. Vibrant colors. Close-up is fantastic! Excellent job!
Joyce M

Jean said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.:)

Pat said...

That beak is something! What a beautiful bird! Interesting post.

Stewart M said...

Now that really is some bird!

Thanks for the post.

Stewart M - Australia.

You may fancy a look at my other blog at:
http://payingreadyattention.blogspot.com/

indicaspecies said...

These are great shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OK -- now you're just showing off ;>) .. while some of us are reduced to posting "buzzards"

Seriously ....those are absolutely stunning shots -- what a great bird. Keep on searching those archives -- you can share what you find anytime. I hope you get to go to Panama.

Springman said...

Isn't it amazing the diversity of bird life on this planet? Amen to that. I can thoroughly appreciate how you must miss going to Panama this year. Seeing 200 different birds working the landscape in their specialised fashion is remarkable. At least you have splendid pictures to reminisce with! ;-)WBW

Rambling Round said...

Sure wouldn't want to get too close to that beak! A bright and beautiful bird.

Donnie said...

What lovely photos. That beak does look like it could do some damage.

dreamfalcon said...

oh wow - what a bird. Those photos are gorgeous!

Dhemz said...

awwwwww...such a cutie...nice one!

Check out my ABC Wednesday entry as well. Much appreciated!

Wanda said...

Beautiful colors... that green is just lovely..

lulumusing said...

On my visit to Costa Rica I, too, snapped lots of photos of those birds. They are just one of the stunning examples of how exquisitely color appears in nature.

Carol said...

That's one amazing looking bird.

jason said...

Awesome shots of a beautiful bird! Wow!

And isn't it nice to discover goodies like this when you're organizing photos and the like? I can't tell you how much stuff I've forgotten about until I rediscovered it years later. Always nice...

Larry said...

Incredible shots of the Emerald Toucanet Jill. You won't get any sympathy from me though on missing your tropics trip this year. I have never been to Costa Rica yet :-(