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Sep 8, 2012

Hidden in plain sight

Photo by Kelly Swing/Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Nyctibius jamaicensis
A highly camouflaged bird of South and Central America, the Common Potoo, hides quietly at the end of a broken branch, in Ecuador, while protecting its nestling beneath its breast feathers.   One can easily imagine walking right past this bird, unaware of its presence.   This one was photographed in Yasuni National Park.   Ecuador is now claimed to be, by some, as the most biodiverse region on Earth.   Below is a photo of a Common Potoo, by Sam Wood of the United Kingdom, that is perhaps more readily recognized as the bird that it is.
Photo by Sam Woods, UK.

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