Smooth-billed Ani

I’d been searching for a Smooth-billed Ani for quite some time  in South Florida, where I live.  They are not common here, but every so often I see a report of one being sighted.  I was never able to catch up with one. So when I saw one during my recent vacation in Dominican Republic, you can imagine my excitement.  I was walking on a little nature trail while the rest of my family and friends roasted on the beach, when this beautiful bird swooped down from a tree on my right, over the path in front of me and landed on a low branch to my left.  I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, so we just stared at each other for a moment. Then he hopped back deeper into the brush and I continued on my way.  Of course that meant I would spend the rest of the week with my camera walking back and forth down that trail waiting for him to reappear. A few days later he did, so I am able to share him with you here.

Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)

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