A Bit More Birding

Morning all,

Yesterday was a blowy (25kts), rainy, overcast day in Boquete, Chiriqui, Rep of Panama. We decided to go out birding anyway hoping to see something, expecting nothing. What a surprise, we got to watch several Three-wattled Bellbirds (Procnias tricarunculatus) doing mating activities. The best of them has the male and female in one shot. Those who have “chased” the elusive Bellbird will appreciate. The male is the white head, the female is the yellowish-brown.

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The location was Peterson’s Finca Lerida in Alto Quiel, above Boquete town in the province of Chiriqui, Rep of Panama. Altitude 5000ft to 6000ft.

The photos are a bit washed out and soft, but shooting into a strong backlight and into trees what were moving in the wind, offered its challenges to get any photo. All were take with an Oly E-M5 on a Swaro ATX95@30x to 45x via a Swaro TLS-APO.

As Departure Approaches

Soon it will be time to shake off the activities of winter in Panama, and head to the States and Canada for this years adventures of Conepatus. The plan is to launch at Prince Rupert, British Columbia and cruise the northern end of British Columbia and SE Alaska as far as Haines.

Meanwhile at the farm we decided to do a bit of “digiscoping”, that is taking pictures through a spotting scope, on the Pipeline trail in Boquete, Chiriqui. We lucked out and got a few reasonable photos.

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Also did some “scoping” on the Caribbean slope of the continental divide a couple of weeks back. These are a few of those photos.

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While working on this, I did a bit of baking. Sourdough bread to die for.

Sourdough Bread

Birding Peterson’s Finca Lerida

Green Violet Ear Hummingbird. Samsung GT-i9300, 6Feb14@0817hrs, 1/500th second @ f2.6, iso 80, focal length 3.7mm through a Swarovski ATX 95 at 70X. About 250' away, front lighted.

Green Violet Ear Hummingbird. Samsung GT-i9300, 6Feb14@0817hrs, 1/500th second @ f2.6, iso 80, focal length 3.7mm through a Swarovski ATX 95 at 70X. About 250′ away, front lighted.

Resplendent Quetzal Female.  Samsung GT-i9300, 6Feb14@0744hrs, 1/40th second @ f2.6, iso 80, focal length 3.7mm through a Swarovski ATX 95 at 50X. About 200' away, backlighted.

Resplendent Quetzal Female. Samsung GT-i9300, 6Feb14@0744hrs, 1/40th second @ f2.6, iso 80, focal length 3.7mm through a Swarovski ATX 95 at 50X. About 200′ away, backlighted.

Decided that I needed to start digiscoping, that is taking photos through a spotting scope with a digital camera. So I ordered a Swarovski ATX 95 spotting scope and all the bits and pieces that one needed to shoot photos through the scope.

Of course with my luck I was short one small piece to connect my Olympus E-M5 to the scope, and being impatient, I took these two photos with my Samsung S3 smart phone. While not stellar, the are usable for the blog.

These photos were taken on Volcan Baru at about 1950 meters of altitude on the Peterson’s new finca (farm). We were hoping to see the ornate hawk eagle, but he took off the day we were on the farm. There are also reports of a umbrella bird there, and that would be a new one for me. Also sighted on our trip was the bell bird, but missed getting a photo.I will get more up as I shoot them after I get the adaptor ring I need.

Sky Goose, Finca Fincasa.  Samsung GT-i9300 cell phone 5Feb14@1829hrs, 1/950sec @ f/2.6, iso 80, 3.7mm

Sky Goose, Finca Fincasa. Samsung GT-i9300 cell phone 5Feb14@1829hrs, 1/950sec @ f/2.6, iso 80, 3.7mm

Arriving home at our finca, I saw a very rare “sky goose” …. ok, so use a little imagination. This time of year we get some great “colored” or rainbow skies.

Craig

Winter Hobbies in Panama

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Morning all,

While you in the north are shivering in you boots, down here in Panama we enjoy a bit of birding. Hope you enjoy the photos, as they are shot with a handheld camera, and so are not the sharpest, but still nice.

We bird here in Panama most every month with the Boquete Birders group, and of course watch the birds that come to the feeder at our house and surrounding trees.

Craig

Back at the Finca

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We arrived back at the finca just a coffee picking season was starting. Today 20 January we are doing the last of the picking. Picking is hard, manual labor, pickinb cherries one at a time to assure we have only the ripe beans.

Not a bad crop this year, but the “broca”, coffee bean borer, has arrived at the finca.┬áThis pest is very hard to control, as the larve develop in the coffee bean and destroy the bean. If left uncontrolled, you can loose 70-80% of the harvest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_borer_beetle

We are implementing a trapping campaign, finca sanitation (getting all coffee bean off the ground), and an active fungus to combat the CBB. We shall see next year how the measures work

The avocados and citrus this year was great. High oil avocados gave a taste treat this year. Also this year the citrus was free of medfly larve and Mexican fly larve. Good year for the oranges. Also got the first fruit from the pink grapefruit … promises to be a good producer in a couple of years.

 

Craig