Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Panama Journal - Day 4 - Part 2

Tuesday 2/13/18 Continued.

After lunch we had a siesta till 4:00 p.m. Our siesta’s consisted of a much-needed cooling shower and a little time for Mark to download the morning’s pictures.

Before we left for our afternoon birding, we found this beautiful butterfly in the parking lot.

The Glossy Daggerwing is well camouflaged with it's wings closed, but when they're open:


It wasn’t long until we were back in the vehicles and headed to Sanson Abajo.  This was another area for us to get out and walk an un-paved road and look for birds.  It wasn’t very far from Camp.

This was open country, giving us opportunities to see more soaring birds and raptors.

Yellow-headed Caracara

Double-toothed Kite

Crane Hawk

We also saw two similar, but different Orioles: The Yellow-backed Oriole and the Yellow-tailed Oriole.

 Yellow-backed Oriole

Yellow-backed Oriole

Yellow-tailed Oriole

Yellow-tailed Oriole

To complete the oriole trifecta, we also saw an Orange-crowned Oriole.

Orange-crowned Oriole

We also saw a Barred Puffbird, one of several Puffbird species in the area. 

Barred Puffbird

Next time:  Day 5:  Dug-out canoe, 4 x 4’s, and a 5 mile hike - the birding triatholon.

Birds seen:

Magnificent Frigatebird, Swallow-tailed Kite, Barred Puffbird, Blue-black Grassquit, Yellow-headed Caracara, Streaked Saltator (H), Blue-gray Tanager, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Yellow-backed Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orange-crowned Oriole, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Crimson-backed Tanager, White-bellied Antbird, Zone-tailed Hawk, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Golden-hooded Tanager, Cinnamon Becard, Gray-lined Hawk, Common Paraque (H), Great Potoo (H), Black White Owl (H).


  1. Wow for the butterfly was right. Beautiful.

    A cool shower and Siesta sounds great on a hot humid day.

  2. Beautiful butterflies and birds!