I met a different Tiger Heron in Costa Rica; the Bare-throated Tiger Heron.
In Suriname I met one Tiger Heron; the Rufescent Tiger Heron. One that doesn't like to be seen so it mimics a 'frozen' branch near the riverbanks.
But in Costa Rica I met a different Tiger Heron; the Bare-throated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum). With a height of nearly 80 cm you would think it was easy to spot it, but in reality it wasn't. My guide was the one who spotted this heron.
As you can see in the pictures, this Tiger Heron's plumage blended quite well with its surroundings. It too me several seconds before I spotted it, because in the beginning it wasn't moving at all. As it is comfortable to live alone, made the spotting even more challenging. It is known that the Bare-throated Tiger Heron is one that lives near open habitats. Their diet consist out of small fish, frogs and crabs.
This Bare-throated Tiger Heron was also spotted at the Corcovado National Park (Osa Peninsula) in Costa Rica. A great place to see wildlife.
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