Every now and then I'd see a huge bird I didn't recognize as we were pulling out of the driveway. Today I got to see him up close. Really cool! A quick check of our handy Costa Rica bird book (yes, we still use it after 8 yrs) revealed it was a Laughing Falcon. A GORGEOUS bird! He let me get up close then flew off to another tree just above our walking path. The dogs and I walked right under him. Honestly I think I took at least 50 shots of him.
One thing I've learned in this new life is you have to enjoy things in the moment.
I enjoyed getting to know this beautiful creature from every angle.
In case you didn't know, falcons are HUGE, around 20 inches. That's a brown jay, another of what we would normally call a big bird in the tree with the falcon. The jay looks tiny!
As I approached the house I saw him fly by followed by another. Perhaps we've got a mating pair. At first I was concerned about them eating baby birds but acording to the book they eat snakes. Hopefully they'll stay around awhile.