Friday, January 1, 2010

The Scissor-tails Are Staging

Here's another image of migrant birds in Costa Rica: just slip into this tropical scene!

The sun and a sliver of new moon are setting in a golden haze over the tropical dry forest of Santa Rosa National Park. Parrots announce their comings and goings. It's March, and hundreds of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are staging for their spring migration to the States. Glowing rose, they gather to roost in a handful of bare trees. The sunset-lit trees flame with them.

Nighthawks emerge to dive for insects in the darkening void above the golden haze.

Lesser Nighthawk Brooding Chick (Pen and ink by Narca)

A wonderful 2010 to all of you! May your path wind through splendid rainforests and along wild sea coasts, and may you discover the gifts of the land along the way.

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