Sunday, January 11, 2009

Toucan painting at shopping center

Yesterday I posted a photo of a real toucan, so today I will complement it with a photo of toucans in yet another of the murals at the Plaza Conchal shopping center in the middle of Tamarindo.

This painting illustrates a toucan in flight and gives me a chance to talk about their long beak. It looks too large for the toucan to fly. Toucan beaks are mostly hollow, however, and are very light.

Toucans are popular, so it is no surprise that the shopping center would include them in their wildlife murals. Many businesses include include photos or drawings of toucans as part of their advertising brochures or website illustrations.


Sharon said...

It would be great to see on flying one day.

Jarart said...

A very good likeness. Do you know who did these paintings?

David -- said...

I don't know the artist, but I will ask a local artist, as maybe she knows.

I have seen toucans flying. That is part of the reason that you have taken a better toucan photo than me. They did not stay still long enough for me to get a good photo of them.

I saw toucans on a hike in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, about an hour and a half from Tamarindo, but they were up in the trees in a very dense part of the forest. There was no way to get a good photo because there were too many branches and leaves in the way and the dense forest made it too dark.

I had a clear shot at some toucans in Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, but they flew away without waiting long enough for me to get a good shot with the camera focussed while they were still.

How rude that some animals seem to be more concerned with going about the activities necessary for their survival in the wild than they are with posing for photos.

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