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The Quetzal: Guatemala's National Bird. There's a legend about how the Quetzal got its red chest: he landed on dying Mayan ruler Tecún Umán's chest after being wounded by Spaniard Don Pedro de Alvarado. After that moment the Quetzal's chest turned forever red. The Quetzal is a symbol of freedom, as these birds cannot live in captivity.
Spectacular technical skill displayed here. Great bokeh and rich colors. too many would make the mistake of photographing from the light side when exposing for the shadows gives the wings such beautiful highlights. Beautiful birds on the wing feasting on red berries!