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Avian Beauty

While I write my next excerpt from my recent trip to Costa Rica I couldn’t help but post this photo of a male Gyrfalcon. I was able to sit with this bird today, on my fist. As I looked at the way his feathers overlapped perfectly, the small notch in his beak for dispatching prey and the cone in his nostrils to slow air flow as he stoops, I wondered if he was not the pinnacle of evolution of his kind.

What will his species look like in 1,000, 2,0000, 10,000 years? I do not know but today I felt honored to be in the presence of such a being.

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  1. Matt

    What an amazing bird. And a sweet pic. I’m envious–I’d really like to get back to CR–it’s such a beautiful place. Hope you like gallopinto!

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