Oct 09 – Hidden But in Plain Sight

Green-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera ludovicae)

Green-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera ludovicae)

“Can you see him now?” Asked Rafael my guide as I looked through the telescope he had focused on a hummingbird that was apparently sitting on its nest more than 50 yards below us.

To be honest I couldn’t see anything other than a tangle of vegetation and I could almost feel his frustration.We’d walked miles to get to this beautiful waterfall in Costa Rica’s Monteverde National Park and we were looking for the Green-fronted Lancebill – a truly fantastic hummer with a really long thin bill that totally justifies the name.

Rafa nudged me to one side to check the telescope was correctly focused. “He’s still there – you must look into the shrub and he’s right in the middle.”

At first I could see nothing and then a long very straight twig twitched to the right and at the bottom an eye winked at me. I couldn’t believe it – a lancebill in plain sight all this time and frankly I struggled to see it even when a powerful telescope had been set up for me.

It can be like that in our businesses. Sometimes we need external help to see things that otherwise remain hidden. We need help from people who are knowledgeable and patient and we need to be prepared to keep looking if we are to get our reward of knew knowledge or amazing hummingbirds.

James Holden
Managing Director