Agami Heron (Agamia agami)

The Agami Heron is simply the most beautiful heron species to be seen in Costa Rica. It is also one of the most secretive heron species in Costa Rica, rarely seen in its territory. Luckily, a colony of up to 100 pairs are nesting each year in the Pacuare Reserve, Limon, which is dedicated to marine turtle conservation and research. The nesting spot is located in a small terrain surrounded by a lagoon that is full of crocodiles, which prevents other natural predators from eating their eggs or chicks, and the eggs are laid up in the trees, out of reach for crocs.

The throat is red with small light blue feathers that cover it forming a pattern. The head is blue with a light blue cap, which looks ike hair styled to the back. The bill is very long, with the upper mandible being black and the lower yellow. The upper parts are blue, with a few light blue feathers, while the feathers on the body are chestnut. The Juvenile is almost entirely brown.

While basking in the sun, this Agami Heron raised its wings for a bit, revealing the chestnut colors of the lower body.
It also seemed to have an itch in the head, as I saw it scratching its head repeatedly with its right leg.
From time to time, it would prun its feathers with its beak, particularly in the should area.
There it stood on that same branch for over half an hour. Vegetation around was dense, but we were lucky to have a windows to see it through.

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