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Resplendent Quetzal - Pharomachrus mocinno

Truly one of the world's most beautiful birds. I photographed this long-tailed male in a Costa Rican cloud forest in late November 2009. Let me finish a write-up and I'll share more of my magical experience with these birds.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful

I've always loved these birds.

Wish to see them for real someday....
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RedNihao Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
They are very hard to see, you were lucky :)
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hg-project Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT
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Send-a-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
It's such an amazing bird. You're very skilled, dude :)
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J4n3T Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING! so touching! i can't believe my eyes!!!
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MaKi-NekO-sama Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Beautiful Quetzal
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sumajarong Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Beautiful :heart:
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
This image has been featured in my "Alphabet feature - Letter"Q" - Quetzal" feature and can be found here: [link]

Hope you like it :)
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Aniju-Aura Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
That is one of the most beautifulest bird I have ever seen.
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KatieZientek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Resplendent, indeed. You are very fortunate! :love:
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Alchisme Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Unbelievable, it's like you're sitting in the tree with this guy. Were you on a suspension platform or something?
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
No I was up on a hillside and shooting across into a tree...I was very fortunate that the birds liked to be in the closest tree!
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Finally looking at this on my own computer... Amazing.
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Boombat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
This is so fascinating... Perfect shot, and i like Birds, so i will look in your galery, thanks for uploading it ! ^^
Greetz, Boombat
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chango2003 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! What a great shot of this beautiful bird. One of my favorite birds! Thank you for sharing.
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah! I love these birds! I've only seen one, and it was in Chichen Itza. Gorgeous birds, even if you only get a glimpse of them.
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DreamOfNovember Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Wow I didn't even know such amazing birds existed. Stunning photo!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
I can see a slight resemblance of a pheonix here, I think it's how the tail is sitting. Nice shot!
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i-like-balloons Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
These birds are amazing. Wow.
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roxysweetie7 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous! Great capture!
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy shit, Judd! I'm in Israel and I had to log in to tell you that this is freaking amazing! !!! !!!
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I'm so glad that you like the image! There are certainly more to share from my trip. Enjoy the rest of your trip to Israel!
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CorniArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It's fantastic. looks so unreal :)
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful bird!
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ClaudeJacksart Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
It's amazing!
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Ryser915 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ahah absurd man...awesome
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Thanks, it's an incredible bird. Wait till you see some of the other images! ;)
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Ghost-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Another splendid capture, well done. Love the colours and the wave of the tail as it floats on the wind. Great shot (and it's sure making me envious :))
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been in Costa Rica too, you're so lucky to have seen one of these wonderful birds, who deserve their name :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
What a beauty! Do the tail feathers stay up like that by themselves, or is there some hidden branch under his butt?
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
The tail feathers almost always hang straight down...but this was a very windy day and I caught just the right moment to lift the feathers. So far I've not found another quetzal image that shows the tail feathers in a horizontal...I think a magazine needs to publish this with a two-page spread! ;)
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michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
wow!!
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Raymaker Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Great work!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
that is one spectacular looking bird, so elegant...great capture
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
This piece has been featured here: [link]

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Glitch-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
:wow: That is a beautiful bird!
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stunning bird, great find, and capture.
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StormPetral0509 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing bird!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
ill kill you! haha. amazing.
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the kind of bird I thought would only exist in fantasy drawings... it's beautifull!
And what a nice photo!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stunning bird... awesome shot!!!
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jac-n-box Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
One of my favorite birds
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: that is just fabulous! stunning pic! :clap: :worship:
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