WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Birds

Tyohar Kastiel, Israel

Resplendent delivery

Tyohar watched every day for a week as a pair of resplendent quetzals delivered fruit and food to their two chicks. The birds’ erratic movements made them difficult to photograph, however Tyohar remained patient. This unique composition of a male quetzal in flight is a reminder, not only of Tyohar’s tenacity, but also of the bond he brokered with the winged family.

Unlike this pair, resplendent quetzals usually breed in thick rainforest, using their beaks to make nests in rotten trees. The couple then take turns to incubate their eggs inside the hollow. Often the only clue of their whereabouts is the male’s colourful tail peeking out from the tree hollow.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 300mm f2.8 lens; 13200 sec at f4; ISO 800.


San Gerrado de Dota, Costa Rica: latitude 9.583337, longitude -83.798164 San Gerrado de Dota, Costa Rica: latitude 9.583337, longitude -83.798164

San Gerrado de Dota, Costa Rica

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Tyohar Kastiel

Tyohar Kastiel, Israel

After travelling extensively Tyohar founded a thriving eco-community in the subtropical forest of Costa Rica, where he has lived for the past 17 years. When he is not working on his lifelong project to reforest and teach about the natural world, he continues to explore the remote corners of the planet, following his passion for wildlife photography.