“I have the joy of living just one hour from the fantastic Arenal Volcano, located in La Fortuna. In this place, I have managed to observe many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and other gifts of nature. In search of a moment of peace and relaxation, one Sunday, I decided to go for a walk to the Arenal Volcano National Park, not knowing that I was going to take an unusual photograph. Ocellated antbird is quite elusive, but when there are large amounts of atta ants, the opportunities to observe this family of birds increase. Due to its behavior, the ocellated antbird always stays in thickets in low light, making it challenging to capture it in an image. However, the rainforest had a surprise for me. A curious individual, in all its splendor, peeking out in the rays of the sun. This short window of time was enough for me to admire it through my camera and thus be able to transmit to people how incredible biodiversity can be. Although it is a relatively common bird in the pre-montane forest, this bird delighting me with its presence and the spectacle of its colors has been a unique and unrepeatable moment”
GABRIEL RAMIREZ / BIO
Gabriel Ramírez Junco is a lawyer by profession and a self-taught photographer. His passion for nature began many years ago since photography became his best ally to admire her. 5 years ago, he dedicated his free time to this. Enthusiastic about all living beings, Gabriel loves birds, but reptiles and amphibians have been occupying a large part of his love. He is a lover of the biodiversity, as his work as a photographer has taken him to other countries, such as Brazil, Ecuador, and the United States, where he has managed to “capture” jaguars, black bears, and the iconic Anolis proboscis.
Ocellated Antbird/ Phaenoctictus mcleannani (ebird)
Spectacular, chunky forest-dweller; generally uncommon. Electric blue facial skin, rufous body, black throat, and pale scalloped pattern renders this antbird unlikely to be confused with any other species. Larger than other antbirds in range. Can be difficult to see well; found close to the ground in mature forest, usually in pairs or small flocks following an army ant swarm. Listen for descending, scolding call. Sexes alike.
eBird. 2019. eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance [web application]. eBird, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org.