In February of this year I took a short trip to Colima, Mexico (west of Guadalajara, east of Manzanillo). I spent part of this trip photographing birds. In due time I will edit the many pictures that I took, but it is no contest that the most spectacular bird that I saw was the Russet-crowned Motmot. Seeing this bird, near the end of a day of birding, truly made my entire trip worthwhile!
While birding on a dirt road sheltered from a nearby country highway, my local guide Oveth Fuentes and I saw a large bird fly across the road, landing in a tree 30 yards away. We quickly spotted the bird, which had thankfully landed in a shaft of sunlight, surrounded by shadow. Not bothered by our presence, it posed for this photo.
While I had seen and photographed the Turquoise-browed Motmot previously in the Yucatan, this was my first view of the Russet-crowned Motmot. The only thing lacking in this photo is that the very unusual tip of the tail, shaped like a badminton racquet, is difficult to see in the shadows.