ELEGANT TROGON - MARCH, 2002, Patagonia Lake SP AZ
We spent a good part of the day rambling along the hiking trail that meanders around the lake at this great park, searching for an elusive Elegant Trogon that some have seen here recently, finding, among other species, several Vermillion Flycatchers, a couple of Baltimore Orioles, a Bridled Titmouse and Broad-billed Hummingbirds to photograph. There were other Trogon searchers, none of whom had seen it but one who claimed to have heard it although she couldn’t recall where! We were just about to leave the trail when someone ran up from behind us to say that just as we had passed a Trogon landed in the brush near the trail. We returned to a small group, all with binoculars trained on the bird, which, unfortunately for photography, was about 20 yards away in the midst of a tangled screen of thousands of small branches. Keeping quiet and slow, so as not to disturb the bird, Robert circled around and wriggled like a snake under the outlying brush. Suddenly the Trogon flew to within a few yards from where Robert was and perched above him and, as he said, “appeared to be puzzled and curious about what I was, peering down at me and cocking its head from side to side.” He was able to get several shots of a most accommodating Elegant Trogon!