Janean and I are currently in the western highlands of Panama above Cerro Punta at Los Quetzales Ecolodge. We walked part of the Los Quetzales Trail in Parque Nacional Volcan Baru and a ranger took us to a draw where we saw two male and one female Resplendent Quetzals (Pharomachrus mocinna)! I have seen quetzals on more than one occasion but this was definitely the most amazing setting. Here is a photo of from the breathtaking event:
I have to say that the quetzal is one of the most beautiful birds I have encountered in the wild. I'm sure I could see thousands more and still rank this bird in the top three. It must be something about the setting - the perpetual breeze that causes their tail feathers to drift off to one side and the lush vegetation with trees all draped in moss. Stunning!