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Smooth-billed Anis preening in a Cecropia tree

 

There were a few Snail Kites at every water hole, and most of them seemed to be continually catching and eating large snails.  Walking around dried-up water holes we noticed great piles of snail shells around perches: all that remained of previous Kite meals.

 

Rufous Hornero and its nest.  Horneros were very common along roadsides and all were building nests or raising young.  The nest, or oven, is amazingly thick with interior walls to baffle nest predators like toucans.