After walking around the Camp area we headed up Nando’s Trail. It is named after one of the original guides at the Camp.
Beginning of the trail.
The trail was pretty steep uphill, but Carlos knew of two Manakin leks and up we went!
Courting male Golden-collared Manakins are considered the dance kings of the Panama rainforest and are exclusively found in Panama and western Colombia. We saw several displaying. They make a loud snapping sound with their wings while displaying, so we always knew if there were male Golden-collared Manakins around!
The females are better camouflaged.
Golden-collared Manakin female
We hiked up another trail where we found Golden-headed Manakins. The male is the only manakin with an entirely black body and bright golden head. The female is a dull olive color. In this species, males hop, fly rapidly between perches, and shimmy along branches, all the while producing various buzzes, trills, and chips.
While searching for Manakins we were treated to quick look at a White Hawk.
We saw other birds like Trogans and Toucans, and even a Rain Toad.
Slatey-tailed Trogan male
We walked back to Camp for a wonderful lunch of pulled pork, rice, beans, warm bread and a salad. After lunch we were on our own till 3:30 p.m. Mark brought his computer and spent his time downloading the thousands of pictures he took every day.
Lots of natural light inside our tent.
Bird list at the end of Part 3.
Next time: Evening birding on the Pan-American Highway