A portrait of one of the most stunning birds in the world. Once an icon for the Central American tropics, Scarlet Macaws are an increasingly rare find. Due to hunting, poaching, collection for the pet trade, deforestation, and pesticide spraying, they were nearly extirpated from Costa Rica. By the mid-1990's, they could only be found in 2 isolated regions of the country, and occupied less than 20% of their historic range. Today, the wild Osa Peninsula remains one of the last strongholds for this fantastic bird.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica