Stunning photos of mysterious Agami Herons’ mating ritual

National Audubon Society
As you can see, the Agami Heron is a superb-looking bird, in part due to its swanky mating ensemble—a feathery white comb over, ombre neck plumes, and a hot-crimson facemask. But the species favors the steamy overgrowth of Central and South America, and is notoriously hard to find (no one even knows where this mysterious bird spends its winters). As a result, very few people have seen its extraordinary habits or photographed it in the wild—until now.

A couple’s trek to a hidden lagoon in Costa Rica leads to a cache of new details about the glorious birds’ unique mating rituals. Check out the stunning photos and learn what they uncovered.

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