While birding in southwestern Brazil last month, WC spotted a bird on a branch.
But then the bird pulled its head out of the cavity and, whoa!
Even partially screened by leaves, the bird’s bill was spectacular, and a complete surprise. At a little over three inches long, the bill is half the bird’s length.
Birding is about seeing and discovering, the delight of finding something, especially something new. The surprise of having a plain-looking bird lift up its head and reveal such a pair of lips is the essence of birding for WC. And to then see the bird go to the end of a branch and vocalize is icing on the cake.