Bizarre Beak

Herons‘ bills are shaped by the need to catch small, quickly-moving prey. Usually, this results in a typical spear-shaped bill. The boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), a nocturnal denizen of neotropical mangrove forests, is the exception. Its broad bill is unique among herons and used to scoop up small fish and shrimp.

Image details
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens: Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Date: April 2016
Focal Length: 300
Exposure: 1/160
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 3200

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