This spectacular closeup of a female Great Curassow is our new photo of the week. Richard Unsworth, who lives in Ourique, a town in southern Portugal, shot the photo in northeastern Costa Rica in December 2011 and posted it to our World Gallery.
Great Curassow is the northernmost of the 15 curassow species; it occurs from Mexico to Ecuador. The bird has curly crest feathers and is about three feet long.
Richard was in a small boat with a local guide on the edge of Tortuguero National Park near the Caribbean coast when he took the photo.
“Our guide was very surprised to see two female curassows in the bushes,” Richard says. “They are mainly seen walking on terra firma. They are quite large and uncommon. I have visited Costa Rica seven times, spending up to three months at a time walking the trais without guides, and have only seen Great Curassows twice!”
He used a Canon 7D and a 100-400mm lens.
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