This is a post that includes pictures of birds that we found in the stream by the Canopy Family Lodge in Panama. It is part of a travelogue of our birding trip to Panama. If you would like to go to Part 1 of the travelogue (which includes pictures of the places we went, birds we saw, and some of the mammals we observed) CLICK HERE.
This Green Kingfisher eluded me the first couple of days there. Finally, while I was standing on the little bridge over the stream it came and perched long enough for a shot or two.
Our local guide Carlos was an expert birder (named Panama’s Naturalist Guide of the year in 2018). He has observed 776 species in Panama so it takes a special bird to get him excited. When Carlos got excited, we could tell how good the bird was by how many OMGs he strung together: OMG! = pretty special bird, OMG! OMG! = a rarity, and OMG! OMG! OMG! = he lost his mind when he saw it. One morning we were having coffee before breakfast outside of the Canopy Family Lodge when both Carlos and Adam Sell stopped mid-sentence, jumped up, and rushed over to the nearby stream. Picking its way along the waters edge was a Sunbittern. Carlos let out a string of OMGs that let us know we should stop doing whatever we were doing and get over there to see this special bird. Carlos and Adam could barely tear themselves away to begin the day’s touring as it continued to forage along the stream a long time.
Most of the birds on the stream were one-timers, but the Buff-rumped Warbler was there every morning, pumping its tail up and down.
The Gray-cowled Wood-rail below actually landed on the feeder for a bite or two and then flew down to the stream to forage for more natural edibles.
If you would like to return to Part 1 our Panama birding trip travelogue (which includes pictures of the places we went, birds we saw, and some of the mammals we observed) CLICK HERE.
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