Back at the lagoon, my favorite place in Costa Rica, we got up close and personal with lots of different kinds of herons. The one that displayed the most animation, however, was this tricolored heron who flew in and stomped through the shallow waters at the shoreline pursuing breakfast.
We had quite a few Caracara sightings in Costa Rica. I took these shots within minutes of each other near the lagoon. The first is a crested caracara who, with its mate, was building a nest in the palm tree. The bird apparently had eaten recently, the protruding lump on its breast indicating a full crop. The second photograph is of a yellow-headed caracara and it was only after I reviewed the photographs of it that I realized that this bird seems to have a chunk missing from the tip of its beak.