Visiting Zoo Ave, a rescue centre and wild life refuge in Costa Rica, we saw this huge bird strutting about on the ground some way off. Our guide said it was a female Great Currasow.
It was making a distinctive call, which I imitated. It immediately started coming towards me, flying up to perch on a railing, and then it began to edge towards me, closer and closer. We clearly had a big thing going on! I’d continued to imitate its call, but stopped when I realised it might get really friendly and leap into my arms!
This was one very large bird with huge legs and feet, a distinctively patterned tail and an impressive crest. Its beak, hooked and sharp, is used for tearing at carrion.
What an amazing encounter, and a privilege to see this beautiful bird at such close quarters. We literally made close eye contact.