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Searching for Hard to Find Birds


On April 1st, Sarah and I decided to go up to the Respringo entrance of the Quetzal trail to look for 4 species of birds that like to feast on the seeds of a particular bamboo. This bamboo seeds infrequently, I hear every 7 years, so when it happens, it is time to go up and look for the peg-billed finch, maroon chested ground dove, barred parakeet, and any other birds hanging around.

I took the digiscope, though early in the morning and in the rain forest it is difficult to get good low noise photos. Got a few, and hope they are good enough for the bird lovers.

This is the list of the days sightings, though I only photographed the peg-billed finch, the barred parakeet, and the slaty flowerpiercer:

Black-cheeked warbler 
flame-throated warbler
golden-browed chlorophonia
peg-billed finch
large-footed finch
barred parakeet
rufous collared sparrow
flame throated hummingbird
volcano humming bird
Slaty flowerpiercer
black capped flycatcher
black-billed nightengale-thrush
common bush-tanager
long-tailed silky-flycatcher
slate-throated redstart
collared redstart
white-naped brush-finch
yellow-faced grassquit

From the Road

laughing falcon
white hawk
roadside hawk
yellow-headed caracara
crested oropendola
white-crowned parrot
great-tailed grackle
cattle egret



Cactus Goes Crazy


A couple of nights ago, Sarah’s weird cactus plant went crazy with blooms. The blooms come out at night and last only one night. Not sure which cactus this is, so if anyone has a clue, let me know.

The flowers are not quite fully open. They are full around midnight ….. Sarah stayed up to see them. Me … off to sleep in my chair:)


Respringo Ranger Station, Volcan, Chiriqui, R de Panama – 19 Feb, 2015

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Sarah and our guests, Karen and Doug Dance, with a couple of other folks decided to walk the Quetzal Trail around the north side of Volcan Baru. I provided transport to the trail head and a ride back from the Volcan end of the trail.

While hanging around the ranger station on the Volcan end, I happened to get a few photos. The black guan is a bit fuzzy. I found it really hard to get a focus on that bird. So enjoy the photos and forgive the “softness”.



Resplendent Quetzal

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Today the Boquete Birders did a field trip to Finca Oasis on Vulcan Baru. I decided to go off to look for the resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) and found a mating pair working on their nesting hole.

Photos are shot with a digiscope using a Swarovski ATX 30-70 and an Olympus OMD E-M5. As the area is dark under the canopy, the ISO is very high resulting in noise in the photos. Hope you enjoy the photos.


Raid in the Night

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Last night as I went out on the second story house patio, I heard a bit of commotion of an animal escaping. Of course I figured it was a feral cat, but to my surprise it was a fully grown kinkajou.

It had decided to come up the tree next to the house, step off the limb close to the railing, walk down the railing and out to the bird feeder to raid the bananas. The “beast” was really nervy, not really caring that I was out there, or when I went back to  get the camera. The photos are shot with available light from the patio lights, so the photos are a bit noisy, but make record for the kinkajou police if needed:)