Saturday, April 5, 2014

Final Big Day in Panama

Well, today is our last real day here.  Tomorrow is up at an unreasonably early hour to rush to the airport and head back to NYC.  We took full advantage of our day, that's for sure!

First we were greeted by this fellow, who was looking out for bitterns in the stream.  He didn't have any to report.  We will apparently have to come back for the bitterns, for more swimming pool time for Jack, and for the pancakes.  You guys, Panama is amazing at pancakes.
mystery toad

Anyway, into the truck and off we go!  We drove a long way, and made our way to this little guy.  What a joy!  We spent a while with him.

barred puffbird
These two are fairly unrelated, but I like looking at them close to each other.
fasciated antshrike
 This path was luxurious......
 ...and had manakins!
golden-collared manakin
 We stopped several times to see cool stuff.  These is but two small examples.
plumbeous kite
long-tailed tyrant
 We stopped at one particular spot and there were a zillion gorgeous little guys flitting about!  It was like a bonanza, we didn't know where to point our binoculars!
green honeycreeper
golden-hooded tanager
emerald tanager

bay-headed tanager
tawny-capped euphonia
 There were some woodpeckers nesting, which was cool to watch.
black-cheeked woodpecker

Another stop, another trail, another cool set of birds.
chestnut-backed antbird
scarlet-rumped cacique 
By the time we were ready to turn around to head back, the road was like this.

Our last stop before hitting the lodge was on the side of a mountain where some swallow-tailed kites were flying.  What a treat to see them from above!
swallow-tailed kite
 Back at the lodge, I took a last trip through the garden.  And I'm so glad I did!  Coquette! At last!!!
rufous-crested coquette
 And this guy hung out with me for a long time.  What a treat!
striped hermit
 The kingfisher even came by to help me have a wonderful last day.  Thank you Panama!!!
green kingfisher

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