Motmots are one of my favorite families of bird species. When I make my annual pilgrimage to Costa Rica, they are one of the priority subjects on my photographic scavenger hunt. Normally we only see one or two of the six species living in Costa Rica. This year we were mesmerized with, not only sightings of, but great photo opportunities of four species of the family Motmot!
I don't know if it's their larger size, amazing coloration or that nifty little two-paddle tail, but something about them draws me inexplicably toward seeking them out and putting them in my viewfinder. Whether in the forest, the open savannas, or even the beach, there is always an opportunity and potential to find a Motmot and photograph it.
First sighting: a Rufous Motmot near Arenal Volcano