PANAMA

PANAMA!  The far end of Central America; the famous canal; and OVER 800 SPECIES OF BIRDS.  Eight days there produced images of over a hundred species on my digital cards.

Canopy Tower

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Four nights at the Canopy Tower, a WWII military observation facility with a viewing deck above the tops of the forest trees converted for bird nuts, like me.  A great place to look at birds (and other critters) in the morning until the heat of the sun drives you under cover.

Keel-billed Toucan

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Violaceous Trogon

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Black-breasted Puffbird

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Squirrel Cuckoo

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Long-billed Hermit

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Howler Monkey

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Green Iguana

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Then it was off to treks each day to different areas where different birds occur.  There seemed to be no end to the variety.

The watchers

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Under the Canopy

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Collared Trogon

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Broad-billed Motmot

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Sunbittern

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As we had hoped, we found an ant swarm and that attracts a lot of different bird species that feed on the ants.  Very hard to photograph as they’re in the dark forest floor vegetation and moving swiftly.

White-whiskered Puffbird

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Bi-colored Antbird

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Brown-billed Scythebill

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Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo

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A big bonus was our guide finding two species of owls roosting during the day.

Mottled Owl

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Spectacled Owl

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Then on to four nights at Canopy Lodge in an area higher elevation and much cooler.  There were an abundance of bird species right there on the grounds.

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Stream

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Crimson-backed Tanager

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Bay-headed Tanager

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Blue & Gray Tanager

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Thick-billed Euphonia

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Yellow-tailed Oriole

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Red-throated Chachalaca

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Rufous-crestedCoquette

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Sapphire-throated Hummingbird

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Orange-billed Sparrow

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Chestnut-breasted Orlopenda

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Other days took us to the coastal plains…

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

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Southern Lapwing

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Crested Caracara

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Common Tody Flycatcher

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Long-tailed Woodcreeper

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And into areas of higher elevation.

Blue-crowned Motmot

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Masked Tityra

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Black-chested Jay

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Lineated Woodpecker

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Slaty-tailed Trogon

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Three-toed Sloth

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An afternoon watching the ships coming through the canal bound for the west coast was exciting…

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But we were all shocked by the litter that lined every roadway, paved and unpaved.

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But all things considered: Food, lodging, transportation…it was a great trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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