Panama: The Land Between the Seas
February 11 - 21, 2019
and streams, all of which contribute to a tremendous diversity of flora and
the spoiled comfort of some of
spend four nights at Gamboa which has good birds and wildlife on the grounds,
including right off your balcony. Variegated squirrels and orange-chinned
parakeets are often seen at eye-level as they forage for Guacima seeds, and many
tanagers, flycatchers, swifts, swallows, and others are common. A patch of
good forest on the property is good for golden-collared manakin, broad-billed
motmot, song wren, golden-hooded tanager, and, though rare, maybe pygmy kingfisher. From Gamboa we'll visit the
nearby Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and it's 100-foot
tall canopy tower where we'll look for blue cotinga, green shrike-vireo,
keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled toucans, mealy parrot, blue dacnis, green
shrike-vireo, purple-throated fruitcrow, black-chested pufbird, raptors such as crane hawk,
semiplumbeous hawk, and
gray-headed kite, and more. Their hummingbird
feeders attract white-necked jacobin, long-billed hermit, white-vented
plumeleteer, violet-bellied hummingbird, and blue-chested
hummingbird. Along two of the most well known birding areas,
Pipeline Rd. and Old Gamboa Road, we'll have chances to see antbirds (ocellated,
bicolored, spotted, and jet), wrens (rufous-and-white, buff-breasted,
black-bellied, and bay), lance-tailed manakin, cinnamon woodpecker, puffbirds
white-whiskered and black-breasted), and several trogons (slaty-tailed, black-throated, white-tailed, and
gartered). We'll also enjoy a boat
trip along the
At the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton, the higher and cooler habitats are home to orange-bellied trogon, black-chested jay, dusky-faced, silver-throated, and tawny-crested tanagers, black guan, tawny-capped euphonia, rufous motmot, white-ruffed manakin, tody motmot, barred hawk, spot-crowned barbet, and emerald toucanet. In addition to the diverse eye-candy at the lodge's incredible fruit feeders, we'll also have good chances to see spectacled, mottled, and tropical screech-owls on their day roosts. Local hummers include band-tailed barbthroat, white-tipped sicklebill, bronze-tailed plumeleteer, snowy-bellied hummingbird, and stripe-throated hermit.
We'll also explore the general ecology of these areas as we learn about towering wild cashews and figs, many species of palms, colorful heliconias, many butterflies and other insects, and several mammals and reptiles. On past trips we've encountered white-nosed coatis, four species of monkeys (mantled howler, white-throated capuchin, lemurine night monkey, and Geoffrey's tamarin), Central American agouti, capybara, three species of squirrel (variegated, red-tailed, and Central American dwarf), and both two and three-toed sloths. Spectacled caiman, American crocodile, green iguana, common and striped basilisk lizards, geckos, and many anole lizards are also frequently seen.
We conclude our trip with a visit to the new Frank Gehry designed Biomuseo on the waterfront of Panama City.
Panama provides a rich, colorful, comfortable, and memorable introduction to the neotropics.
Detailed itinerary and references available upon request.
Ocellated antbird and Hoffman's two-toed sloth by Misty Vaughn