October 2018. A return to the Canopy Tower near the Panama Canal followed by a visit to the Canopy Camp in Darién to finally catch up with Harpy Eagle. This was in the wet season, so cooler than our 2006 visit, with more North American migrants, including a spectacular raptor migration.
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The early morning mist shrouds the Panama Canal
A White-whiskered Puffbird enjoys breakfast
Brown-throated Sloth, one of many
Even this close you can use a long exposure with a sloth
Immature male Black-throated Trogon
Great Jacamar, one of our most wanted birds
A great start with Keel-billed Toucan on the Canopy Tower
Black-capped Pygmy Tyrant, the world’s smallest passerine
Plain Xenops, anything but plain
One more Tower view
A trio of Manakins: Blue-crowned Manakin
Geoffroy’s Tamarin, hoping to cadge a banana
Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth
Northern Barred Woodcreeper
Sulfur Yellow Butterfly
Presumably these will grow up into Hawkmoths
Slaty-tailed Trogon, female
The view from the Canopy Tower looking towards Panama City
A car-carrier goes down the canal
A juvenile male Black-throated Trogon
A Great Jacamar hides at close range
Finally it comes into full view
The ever-changing view from the Tower
The view from the tower at the Rainforest Discovery Centre on Pipeline Road
Black-crowned Antshrike, female
Going along the canal
Why do they never call these cranes Cuthbert or Quentin?
There’s room to pass in this bit
You. Will. Give. Me. A. Banana!
Whooping Motmot. Probably the best-looking of the Motmots here, but they always sit in shadow
A small part of a flock of over 5000 Broad-winged Hawks (they’re about the size of a Buzzard). There are approximately 1077 hawks in this photo.
A White-necked Puffbird waits for us in a lay-by.
Black-throated Mango, female
The river at Torti
One of the very few moths at the camp “moth trap”
Brood parasitism in action: this Orange-crowned Oriole is feeding a young Shiny Cowbird
Northern Royal Flycatcher
Blue Morpho, closed as usual.
White-tailed Trogon, female
White-tailed Trogon, male
This spider is in trouble: caught in the middle of an ant-swarm, the end of the branch is the only place they haven’t got to yet.
Wasp making paper from our platform
Our tent at the camp
Look carefully: there’s an animal a foot long in this picture.
The view from our tent. Spot the Sloth.
A rubbish picture of great birds: Great Green Macaw
American Purple Gallinule
The big day begins: after an hour in the van and another in a 4×4 we start our three-hour dugout canoe trip.
A couple of miles walking after the boat and we finally get to our target. A female Harpy Eagle on a nest.
As a guide to how huge they are, the legs are about 2 inches in diameter.
This spider is busy making a packed lunch
No frog in the shower on this trip, but the bathroom grasshopper is gigantic.
Most of a spider
Glorious Blue Skipper
Little Tinamou: years of frustration with this bird finally over.
Caught napping: the Blue Morpho was resting open, but clamped shut as soon as I moved to get a better angle.
Our ensuite Sloth (It can’t be a bad place when you can see a Sloth from your toilet).
This Tome’s Spiny Rat trapped itself looking for food in a bucket
A night drive took us about 2 yards before the van broke down. The night walk that followed had the advantage of close views of Pauraque
This False Fer de Lance is harmless.
Golden-green Woodpeckers, male below, female above.
Dusky-backed Jacamar, very range-restricted.
Southern (or Neotropical) River Otter. We’ve been rumbled.
The dry season road isn’t usable in the wet.
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Smaller, rarer and harder to see than Harpy Eagle, this Crested Eagle was a massive bonus. The dark morph is rarer still.
The easiest way around the forest in Quebrada Felix is to walk up the river.
A frog he would a-wooing go.
Tropical Kingbird, an ever-present bird.
This female Great Curassow has been visiting a farm for the chicken-feed since it was a chick.