White tipped Sicklebill at El Valle this bird has a strangely twisted bill ideal for feeding at the large Heliconia flowers



This was Bird Holidays tenth tour to the Central American birding hotspot that is Panama and we started the tour at where else? but the famous Pipeline Road. Here we were greeted by a displaying Grey Headed Kite whilst a Streak breasted Antpitta was lured out from the undergrowth.



At the Altos de Campana National Park we saw some very special birds the best of all being a bouncing Black-crowned Antpitta



We took advantage of a quiet Sunday afternoon to witness the shorebird spectacle in Panama Bay. As the tide rushed in thousands of Western Sandpipers were swept up in its path.




In the Western Highlands we made a dawn visit to Los Quetzales Trail above Volcan where we saw Dusky Nightjar and this Bare Shanked Screech Owl.



The highlight of our walks in the mountains is always the magnificent Resplendent Quetzal



The lovely Yellowish Flycatcher is a confiding bird of the highland forests



The Flame-throated Warbler is another striking resident of the Western Highlands



This glorious Sunbittern can be found along the forest streams on the Caribbean Slope



Another specialist of the Caribbean Slope is the Lattice-tailed Trogon which we saw in Santa Fe National Park



Five species of Manakin were seen on the tour including this immature male Lance tailed Manakin



The Riverside Wren is a shy and elusive near endemic restricted to western Panama and adjacent Costa Rica



A family of Lesser Capybara graced the pool at our Panama City hotel

photographs courtesy of tour participant Bob Martin




Another marvellous trip to Panama, recording 435 species including some of the rarely seen bamboo specialists such as Maroon-chested Ground-dove, Peg-billed Finch and Slaty Finch. We enjoyed wonderful views of Resplendent Quetzal, plus singing Three-wattled Bellbird in the highland cloud forest.

Photographs courtesy of tour participants Richard and Lyn Ebbs


Tufted Flycatcher. This one showed well at the La Amistad national park.


Hoffmann's Three-toed Sloth, frequently encountered in the forest


Tithorea butterfly. One of many butterflies from the forest edge


The extremely attractive Glass-winged butterfly


Our accommodation at the lovely Casa Grande lodge


The elusive Ruddy-capped Nightingale Thrush




Golden-olive Woodpecker


We found this very obliging White-whiskered Puffbird along the famous Pipeline Road


The Fiery-throated Hummingbird. A Western Highland endemic


White-necked Jacobin. These are a common sight at hummingbird feeders along the Pipeline Road


Tankers at the Miraflores lock. A visit to the Panama Canal is always a popular feature of this itinerary




Here are a few more photos from this year's trip. These were taken by Steve Cook.




There are always plenty of hummingbirds to be seen in Panama. Here are two male White-necked Jacobins and a male Violet-bellied Hummingbird.



It was good to get great views of Rufous Motmot.  The Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, on the right, is our log cover bird for this trip. Photos just can not do justice to them.



Orange-crowned Oriole. It is only likely to be seen in a very small part of the canal zone on our itinerary, so we were lucky to get such good views.



The Keel-billed Toucan is one of the star birds of the trip and we got many repeat views.


Cherrie's Tanager sheltering from the sun...


..and taking a shower!

This Acorn Woodpecker was in the grounds of our last hotel.




Here are some photographs taken by Bernard Markwell on our recent trip (March 2013).


Red-crowned Woodpecker


Rufescent Tiger-Heron


Rufous Motmot


Rufous-tailed Hummingbird


Streaked Flycatcher


Violet-bellied Hummingbird


Orange-bellied Trogon








Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.



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