Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bare-throated Tiger-heron

Today a picture of a juvenile Bare-throated Tiger-heron on the beach. It's a common bird here in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Adults have blueish gray heads and upperparts, with finer barring, while juveniles are brown all over and more coarsely barred.

This morning, over breakfast, one of the sea turtle interns asked me about a bird that she saw eating turtle hatchlings on the beach. From her description, it sounded like the suspect was a tiger-heron.

After breakfast, I walked a bit on the beach and saw turtle hatchling tracks and what could be tiger-heron tracks in the sand...

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