PANAMA ALBUM

 

 

 

PANAMA 2017

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

 

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2015

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

 

Boing!!

 

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

 

 

2013

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.

 

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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

 

 

 

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2011

 

 

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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