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Trogon and Come Back

I never put much thought into it, but when I finally did, I realized that I do enjoy terrible puns. When it comes to actual Trogons, though – they’re always the cause for lots of excitement in the bush. Here in T&T, we have three species, two of which I observed sitting on the same tree some time ago. And when I say sitting, I do mean just resting on their feet, these birds have terribly small feet, and can barely hop along a branch without using their wings.

Smallest of the three is the Guianan Trogon, a male pictured here. I usually prefer my subjects looking into the frame, but with the dreary lighting and dead branch, the bird looking out of the frame worked better I think.

guianan trogon






Just a few metres away, a pair of Green-backed Trogons cooed to each other. The light was changing quickly, and I actually underexposed this image considerably. Fortunately I don’t shoot film so the image was recoverable!

green backed trogons







I didn’t have much time to soak in the experience of having this pair so close to each other, as we heard the woosh of wings and four Channel-billed Toucans flew past, really low down. One stayed to check us out, I don’t know what made it feel that it’d be able to hide 🙂

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The characteristic call of the Violaceous Euphonia always betrays his location. They never seem to hush, which is an invaluable tool in locating tiny birds high up against a bright white sky!

violaceous euphonia (2)







Before long, it began to rain, and rain in the forest makes it almost impossible to track birds audibly. When you’re shimmering like this Rufous-tailed Jacamar though, it’s difficult to go unnoticed. If you look carefully, you’d see how wet she is.

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On the way out, a large shape flew in – my good old friend Turkey Vulture, this one from the migratory race – the Turkey Vultures without that white on their nape are resident birds.

turkey vulture

6 thoughts on “Trogon and Come Back

  1. Aliya Hosein says:

    How do small legs help the trogons? It’s the opposite for macaws even as chicks they need large strong legs so they won’t topple over during feeding. There’s a reason behind their goofy look!

    Do you know if the Turkey Vulture island hops or crosses over Central America and South America?

    1. Trogons tend to spend a lot of time motionless, so I don’t know how small legs help them, but I know that they eventually became rather useless over time. From what I’ve seen, Turkey Vultures migrate over land – so the ones we get here are actually from the west coast of the USA.

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