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Panama

Central America
11 DAY NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR 3/4-12, 2016
Arrival Details Arrival to Tocumen International Airport. Transfer to Panama City Hotel
Day 1 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date ? TBA
Panama City

Hot and Humid
Typical 
Fauna and Flora...



Day 2
Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 7:00 AM Metropolitan Nature Park Second Grouth Decidous forest Hot, humid. Rains in the afternoon

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
Despite a population of over one million people, Panama City is a great place to birdwatch. Millions of migratory birds stop to rest and regain strength in the mud flats of the bay of Panama on their journeys north and south. Within the city limits is an area called Metro Park, the only tropical forest located within city limits in Latin America. Saffron Finch, Lance-tailed Manakin, Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic), Rosy Thrush-tanager, Yellow-crowned Amazon, American Kestrel, Geoffrey's Tamarin Monkeys.
Day 3 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 6:00 AM Pipeline Road/Soberania National Park Tropical Rainforest. Lagoons Hot and Humid. Rainy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
Early this morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City for full morning of birding on the famous Pipeline Road. During World War II an oil pipeline was built to transfer fuel from one ocean to the other in case the Panama Canal was ever attacked. The Canal was never assaulted and today the preserved road built alongside the pipeline is one of the active birding sites in Central America. Located at the Soberania National Park, only a 40- minute drive from Panama City, the diversity of pipeline road can be attributed to the habitat heterogeneity in the park; secondary, old growth forest, swamps and streams. If army ants are found, several professional ant-followers can be seen; Spotted Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird and the prized Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, if you are very lucky!. Manakins include the Golden-collared Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin and Red-capped Manakin. Pipeline is well known for its trogons; five of them can be seen in a very lucky day: Slaty-tailed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon and Black-throated Trogon are the most common

Day 4 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date

5:00 AM

breakfast on the fieldPanama Rainforest Discovery Center Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
Tropical Rainforest

Hot and Humid.

Rainy

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen... Today will visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center of the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation. Here we will enjoy a picnic lunch at the visitors’ center buzzing with 14 different species of hummingbird before heading up to the top of the canopy access tower. In addition we’ll investigate the waterfowl at Lake Calamito within the reserve. Broad-billed Motmot, Black-breasted Puffbird, Blue-crowned Manakin, White-necked Jacobin, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Long-billed Hermit, Blue-black Grossbeak are among the birds you may see today 


Day 5 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date 6:00 AM Cerro Azul
Elfin Forest, Cloud Forest, Mountain Rainforest Humid, 20 to 25 centigrades. Misty.

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
This morning we head toward the hills above Panama City to the east, where we will encounter a completely different climate, habitat, and collection of birds. Up here in the foothills of the San Blas Mountains of Cerro Azul (2,500 ft.) and Cerro Jefe (3,300 ft.), named after the two tall peaks in the area, we encounter cloud-forested hills with peaks of elfin forest.  Among the species we will be looking for include Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-eared Wood-Quail, and a nice mix of tanagers, including Silver-throated, Emerald, Speckled, Rufous-winged, Bay-headed, Black-and-yellow, Golden-hooded and Hepatic. We can also search for the specialty hummers, including Rufous-crested Coquette, White-tipped Sicklebill, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Green Thorntail, as well as Violet-capped, Violet-headed & Snowy-bellied Hummingbirds! We should also find the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, along with Lineated Woodpecker, Black-striped & Spotted Woodcreepers, Red-capped & White-ruffed Manakins, Russet Antshrike, and White-vented & Tawny-capped Euphonias. 


Day 6 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date 7:00 AM

Juan Hombron

Hacienda Santa Monica

Savanna

Rice fields

grasslands Hot and Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
The Cocle lowlands and flat savannas that during the rainy seasson are full of ponds and marshes. The ancient Cueva Indians had Caimans as their main revered deity. Today will visit some of the most important wetlands in this area. Juan Hombron, a rice farm and with ponds has lots of raptors like Savanna Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Pearl Kite, White-tailed Kite, Common Black Hawk, Gray-lined Hawk and Roadside Hawk , some few times the elusive Aplomado Falcon and the south american American Kestrel are spoted on the side roads. Veraguan Mango. White Ibis, Glossy Ibis,Cattle egrets, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub Flycatcher,Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, American Woodstork, Plain-breasted Ground Dove and many other specialties of the lowlands are the aim of the day


Day 7 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date

8:00 AM

2 hours drive

Continental Divide Road

Cloud forest. Moist Mountain Forest
Cool to Fresh and misty 15 to 22C. Weathers vary a lot in this area

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
Fortuna cloud forest is perhaps one of the best preserved cloud forests in all of Central America. With clouds covering the forest over 40% of the day, the humidity, low temperatures and high precipitation creates a forest like no other in the tropics. The heavy humidity released by the Caribbean Sea nearby, and the high mountains of Cordillera Talamanca creates the perfect habitat for some of the most sought after avifauna in Panama. The birds to be found in this area are Black Guan, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Lattice-tailed Trogon, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher, Spangled-cheeked Tanager, Blue-and-gold Tanager, Ashy-throated Bush-tanager, Azure-hooded Jay, Read-headed and Prong-billed Barbet, Black-bellied Hummingbird, White-tailed Emerald, White-bellied Mountain-gem, Green-fronted Lancebill and Snowcap Hummingbird.  

Day 8 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date 6:00 AM

Willie Mazu

Cloud forest. Moist Mountain Forest

Fresh 15 to 24 C

Weathers vary a lot in this area

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
Today you visit the area of Willie Mazu located in the highlands of Bocas del Toro. The ranch offers a natural ambiance where the cool climate of the cloud forest is a complement of attractions for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. You will enjoy the beauty of the exotic plants and birds along the trails as well as, the cascades and natural whirlpools of the various streams.  Your day will have you visiting several ecosystems with their particular birds. The area is very scenic and the birds are very rewarding: Snowy Cotinga, Green Ibis, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Olive-backed Euphonia, Black-throated, Band-backed and Canebrake Wrens, Montezuma Oropendola, Crimson-fronted Parakeets, Brown Jays, Black-cowled Oriole and many other birds with restricted range in Panama.


Day 9 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date Anytime Rio Crystal Lodge

Cloud Forest

Montane Forest

Coffe Plantations

Cool and Humid

12 C to 22 C. Windy and Misty

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
Rio Crystal Lodge is located on the Pacific versant of the Talamanca Mountain Range. The constant flow of humidty from the wet Caribbean side keeps this cloud-forest lush and wet at all times. This ensure the proper habitat for some of the endemic Talamanca Birds: Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher, Black Guan, Green-fronted Lancebill, Golden-Collared Clorophonia, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Prong-billed Barbet, Blue-throated, Black-faced Solitaire. The Lodge offer nice paths and hanging bridges from were you can see other wildlife like the Talamanca Mountain Squirrel or the Emerald Spiny Lizard.


Day 10 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date 8:00 AM

Finca Lerida

Cloud Forest

Montane Forest

Coffe Plantations

Cool and Humid

12 C to 22 C. Windy and Misty

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
After breakfast will take our 4x4 cars to  be whisked away for your birding adventures in the Chiriqui Highlands! Today, depending on where the action is, you will visit the areas of Alto Chiquero or  Finca Lerida. Among the nearly 600 types of birds identified in the area are such spectacular species as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, and the rarely seen Bare-necked Umbrella Bird. Exploring the road up to the Volcano give us a great place to find the Resplendent Quetzal. Many other highland specialties can also be found, including Black  Guan, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Buffy Tuftedcheek, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Sooty- capped Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch. 


Day 11 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date

7:00 AM

30min Casa Grande de Bambito Mountain Second Grouth Forest. Wet Grasslands Cool and Misty 12 to 20 C

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
Today will visit Finca Ceriana, a recently new birding destination. One of Finca Ceriana's unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous volcano lagoons and a large variety of animal and plant species. Apart from being an important migratory rout birds, the biological corridor of the lagoons and Finca Ceriana is vital for the wellbeing of the protected areas of La Amistad International Park and Baru Volcano National Park. The main targets at Finca Ceriana are the Collared Trogon and the Costa Rican Brush-Finch, a very elusive drab but interesting finch. After lunch and enjoying the garde will fly back to Panama city and will visit the famous Panama Canal for Farewell Dinner at the Atlantic-Pacific Restaurant.


Day 11 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s Date

Tocumen International Airport Hot and Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...
Departure

PANAMA

Central America

DAY NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Arrival Details DAY - 1


Day - 1

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

TBA

Panama City


Hot and Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Arrival to Tocumen International Airport. Transfer to Panama City Hotel

Violet-headed Hummingbird - Photo by: Rafael Lau



Day - 2

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Metropolitan Nature Park

Second Grouth Decidous forest

Hot, humid. Rains in the afternoon

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Despite a population of over one million people, Panama City is a great place to birdwatch. Millions of migratory birds stop to rest and regain strength in the mud flats of the bay of Panama on their journeys north and south. Within the city limits is an area called Metro Park, the only tropical forest located within city limits in Latin America. Saffron Finch, Lance-tailed Manakin, Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic), Rosy Thrush-tanager, Yellow-crowned Amazon, American Kestrel, Geoffrey's Tamarin Monkeys.

White-throated Mountain Gem - Photo by: Rafael Lau



Day - 3

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

TBA

Panama La Vieja

Costa del Este

Mangrove, Mudflats

Hot, humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today we will watch the tides to determine which areas to visit and in which order. At low tide we will visit the Old Panama Mudflats for a chance to see Collared Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel and others. You will continue birding at the Costa del Este mangroves looking for Black-necked Stilt, Least Sandpiper, Cocoi Heron, Yellowlegs and Night-Herons among others

Collared Redstart - Photo by: Rafael Lau


Day - 4

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00

Pipeline Road/Soberania National Park

Tropical Rainforest. Lagoons

Hot and Humid. Rainy

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Early this morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City for full morning of birding on the famous Pipeline Road. During World War II an oil pipeline was built to transfer fuel from one ocean to the other in case the Panama Canal was ever attacked. The Canal was never assaulted and today the preserved road built alongside the pipeline is one of the active birding sites in Central America. Located at the Soberania National Park, only a 40- minute drive from Panama City, the diversity of pipeline road can be attributed to the habitat heterogeneity in the park; secondary, old growth forest, swamps and streams. If army ants are found, several professional ant-followers can be seen; Spotted Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird and the prized Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, if you are very lucky!. Manakins include the Golden-collared Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin and Red-capped Manakin. Pipeline is well known for its trogons; five of them can be seen in a very lucky day: Slaty-tailed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon and Black-throated Trogon are the most common

Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey - Photo by: Rafael Lau


Day - 5

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

5:00 AM

breakfast on the field

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Tropical Rainforest

Hot and Humid.

Rainy

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today will visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center of the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation. Here we will enjoy a picnic lunch at the visitors’ center buzzing with 14 different species of hummingbird before heading up to the top of the canopy access tower. In addition we’ll investigate the waterfowl at Lake Calamito within the reserve. Broad-billed Motmot, Black-breasted Puffbird, Blue-crowned Manakin, White-necked Jacobin, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Long-billed Hermit, Blue-black Grossbeak are among the birds you may see today.

Green Honeycreeper - Photo by: Roger Neckles


Day - 6

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00AM

Cerro Azul

Elfin Forest, Cloud Forest, Mountain Rainforest

Humid, 20 to 25 centigrades. Misty.

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

This morning we head toward the hills above Panama City to the east, where we will encounter a completely different climate, habitat, and collection of birds. Up here in the foothills of the San Blas Mountains of Cerro Azul (2,500 ft.) and Cerro Jefe (3,300 ft.), named after the two tall peaks in the area, we encounter cloud-forested hills with peaks of elfin forest. Among the species we will be looking for include Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-eared Wood-Quail, and a nice mix of tanagers, including Silver-throated, Emerald, Speckled, Rufous-winged, Bay-headed, Black-and-yellow, Golden-hooded and Hepatic. We can also search for the specialty hummers, including Rufous-crested Coquette, White-tipped Sicklebill, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Green Thorntail, as well as Violet-capped, Violet-headed & Snowy-bellied Hummingbirds! We should also find the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, along with Lineated Woodpecker, Black-striped & Spotted Woodcreepers, Red-capped & White-ruffed Manakins, Russet Antshrike, and White-vented & Tawny-capped Euphonias.

Keel-billed Toucan - Photo By: Roger Neckles


Day - 7

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Juan Hombron

Hacienda Santa Monica

Savanna

Rice fields

grasslands

Hot, humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

The Cocle lowlands and flat savannas that during the rainy seasson are full of ponds and marshes. The ancient Cueva Indians had Caimans as their main revered deity. Today will visit some of the most important wetlands in this area. Juan Hombron, a rice farm and with ponds has lots of raptors like Savanna Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Pearl Kite, White-tailed Kite, Common Black Hawk, Gray-lined Hawk and Roadside Hawk , some few times the elusive Aplomado Falcon and the south american American Kestrel are spoted on the side roads. Veraguan Mango. White Ibis, Glossy Ibis,Cattle egrets, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub Flycatcher,Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, American Woodstork, Plain-breasted Ground Dove and many other specialties of the lowlands are the aim of the day

Blue Cotinga - Photo by: Rafael Lau


Day - 8

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Salinas de Aguadulce

Savanna

Rice fields

grasslands

Hot, humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Salinas de aguadulce is the largest salt flat in Panama and homes some amazingly huge agregations of birds during migration. Depending on the rains and the tides the saltflats could have water or mud. Salinas de Aguadulce is great for White-winged dove, migratory waders, Black-necked Stilts, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Mangrove Warbler, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird and even the Reddish Eggret which is a rare visitor.

Glossy Ibis - Photo By: Roger Neckles


Day - 9

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Las Macanas

Marshlands, Lagoons, Grasslands

Hot and Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Early in the morning will depart the town of Chitre and visit this large fresh water marsh. Once a meander of the Santa Maria river, got isoleted from it by siltation. Every now and them the masive floodings generated by the copious rains in the mountains will reconect the marsh with the river infussing more life to this area. Tagets for the day will be Glossy Ibis, Limpkin, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Caspian Tern, Crested Bobwhite, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Aplomado Falcon, Gray-necked Wood-rails, Pale-eye Pygmy Tyrant, Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Peppershrike and Brown-throated Parakeet

TRANSFER TO BOQUETE AFTER LUNCH IN SANTIAGO:

4:00 hours drive.

Rufescent Tiger Heron - Photo By: Roger Neckles


Day - 10

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

Anytime

Rio Crystal Lodge

Cloud Forest

Montane Forest

Coffe Plantations

Cool and Humid

12 C to 22 C. Windy and Misty

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Rio Crystal Lodge is located on the Pacific versant of the Talamanca Mountain Range. The constant flow of humidty from the wet Caribbean side keeps this cloud-forest lush and wet at all times. This ensure the proper habitat for some of the endemic Talamanca Birds: Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher, Black Guan, Green-fronted Lancebill, Golden-Collared Clorophonia, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Prong-billed Barbet, Blue-throated, Black-faced Solitaire. The Lodge offer nice paths and hanging bridges from were you can see other wildlife like the Talamanca Mountain Squirrel or the Emerald Spiny Lizard.

Chestnut-mandibiled Toucan -Photo by: Rafael Lau


Day - 11

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

8:00AM

Finca Lerida

Cloud Forest

Montane Forest

Coffe Plantations

Cool and Humid

12 C to 22 C. Windy and Misty

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

After breakfast will take our 4x4 cars to be whisked away for your birding adventures in the Chiriqui Highlands! Today, depending on where the action is, you will visit the areas of Alto Chiquero or Finca Lerida. Among the nearly 600 types of birds identified in the area are such spectacular species as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, and the rarely seen Bare-necked Umbrella Bird. Exploring the road up to the Volcano give us a great place to find the Resplendent Quetzal. Many other highland specialties can also be found, including Black Guan, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Buffy Tuftedcheek, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Sooty- capped Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch.

Tawny-crested Tanager - Photo by: Rafael Lau


Day - 12

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00 AM

Volcan Baru Slopes

Mountain Oak Forest. Farmland, Potato Fields

Chilly and misty

10 to 18 C

DEPARTURE DAY DETAILS

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Red-crowned Woodpecker Photo By: Roger Neckles


Day - 13

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

9:00AM

1:30 hours drive to La Amistad

La Amistad International Park

Mountain Oak Forest. Farmland, Potato Fields

Cool and Misty 12 to 20 C

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Parque International La Amistad (PILA) lies along the Talamanca mountain range was declare a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 due to the great importance it has for the preservation of biodiversity in Panama and the American continent. The park’s plant and animal life is some of the most diverse in Panama. Among the nearly 600 types of birds identified in the area are such spectacular species as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, and the rarely seen Bare-necked Umbrella Bird. Exploring the area of Cerro Punta is a great place to find the Resplendent Quetzal. Many other highland specialties can also be found, including Black Guan, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Buffy Tuftedcheek, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch.

Resplendent Quetzal - Photo by: Rafael Lau


Day - 14

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

30min

Casa Grande de Bambito

Mountain Second Grouth Forest. Wet Grasslands

Cool and Misty 12 to 20 C

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today will visit Finca Ceriana, a recently new birding destination. One of Finca Ceriana's unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous volcano lagoons and a large variety of animal and plant species. Apart from being an important migratory rout birds, the biological corridor of the lagoons and Finca Ceriana is vital for the wellbeing of the protected areas of La Amistad International Park and Baru Volcano National Park. The main targets at Finca Ceriana are the Collared Trogon and the Costa Rican Brush-Finch, a very elusive drab but interesting finch. After lunch and enjoying the garde will fly back to Panama city and will visit the famous Panama Canal for Farewell Dinner at the Atlantic-Pacific Restaurant.


PANAMA

Central America

DAY NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Arrival Details DAY - 1


Day - 1

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

TBA

Panama City


Hot and Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Arrival to Tocumen International Airport. Transfer to Panama City Hotel

PHOTO


Day - 2

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Metropolitan Nature Park

Second Grouth Decidous forest

Hot, humid. Rains in the afternoon

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Despite a population of over one million people, Panama City is a great place to birdwatch. Millions of migratory birds stop to rest and regain strength in the mud flats of the bay of Panama on their journeys north and south. Within the city limits is an area called Metro Park, the only tropical forest located within city limits in Latin America. Saffron Finch, Lance-tailed Manakin, Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic), Rosy Thrush-tanager, Yellow-crowned Amazon, American Kestrel, Geoffrey's Tamarin Monkeys.

PHOTO


Day - 3

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

TBA

Panama La Vieja

Costa del Este

Mangrove, Mudflats

Hot, humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today we will watch the tides to determine which areas to visit and in which order. At low tide we will visit the Old Panama Mudflats for a chance to see Collared Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel and others. You will continue birding at the Costa del Este mangroves looking for Black-necked Stilt, Least Sandpiper, Cocoi Heron, Yellowlegs and Night-Herons among others

PHOTO


Day - 4

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00

Pipeline Road/Soberania National Park

Tropical Rainforest. Lagoons

Hot and Humid. Rainy

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Early this morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City for full morning of birding on the famous Pipeline Road. During World War II an oil pipeline was built to transfer fuel from one ocean to the other in case the Panama Canal was ever attacked. The Canal was never assaulted and today the preserved road built alongside the pipeline is one of the active birding sites in Central America. Located at the Soberania National Park, only a 40- minute drive from Panama City, the diversity of pipeline road can be attributed to the habitat heterogeneity in the park; secondary, old growth forest, swamps and streams. If army ants are found, several professional ant-followers can be seen; Spotted Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird and the prized Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, if you are very lucky!. Manakins include the Golden-collared Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin and Red-capped Manakin. Pipeline is well known for its trogons; five of them can be seen in a very lucky day: Slaty-tailed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon and Black-throated Trogon are the most common

PHOTO


Day - 5

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

5:00 AM

breakfast on the field

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Tropical Rainforest

Hot and Humid.

Rainy

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today will visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center of the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation. Here we will enjoy a picnic lunch at the visitors’ center buzzing with 14 different species of hummingbird before heading up to the top of the canopy access tower. In addition we’ll investigate the waterfowl at Lake Calamito within the reserve. Broad-billed Motmot, Black-breasted Puffbird, Blue-crowned Manakin, White-necked Jacobin, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Long-billed Hermit, Blue-black Grossbeak are among the birds you may see today.

PHOTO


Day - 6

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00AM

Cerro Azul

Elfin Forest, Cloud Forest, Mountain Rainforest

Humid, 20 to 25 centigrades. Misty.

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

This morning we head toward the hills above Panama City to the east, where we will encounter a completely different climate, habitat, and collection of birds. Up here in the foothills of the San Blas Mountains of Cerro Azul (2,500 ft.) and Cerro Jefe (3,300 ft.), named after the two tall peaks in the area, we encounter cloud-forested hills with peaks of elfin forest. Among the species we will be looking for include Yellow-eared Toucanet, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-eared Wood-Quail, and a nice mix of tanagers, including Silver-throated, Emerald, Speckled, Rufous-winged, Bay-headed, Black-and-yellow, Golden-hooded and Hepatic. We can also search for the specialty hummers, including Rufous-crested Coquette, White-tipped Sicklebill, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Green Thorntail, as well as Violet-capped, Violet-headed & Snowy-bellied Hummingbirds! We should also find the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, along with Lineated Woodpecker, Black-striped & Spotted Woodcreepers, Red-capped & White-ruffed Manakins, Russet Antshrike, and White-vented & Tawny-capped Euphonias.

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Day - 7

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Juan Hombron

Hacienda Santa Monica

Savanna

Rice fields

grasslands

Hot, humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

The Cocle lowlands and flat savannas that during the rainy seasson are full of ponds and marshes. The ancient Cueva Indians had Caimans as their main revered deity. Today will visit some of the most important wetlands in this area. Juan Hombron, a rice farm and with ponds has lots of raptors like Savanna Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Pearl Kite, White-tailed Kite, Common Black Hawk, Gray-lined Hawk and Roadside Hawk , some few times the elusive Aplomado Falcon and the south american American Kestrel are spoted on the side roads. Veraguan Mango. White Ibis, Glossy Ibis,Cattle egrets, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub Flycatcher,Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, American Woodstork, Plain-breasted Ground Dove and many other specialties of the lowlands are the aim of the day

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Day - 8

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Salinas de Aguadulce

Savanna

Rice fields

grasslands

Hot, humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Salinas de aguadulce is the largest salt flat in Panama and homes some amazingly huge agregations of birds during migration. Depending on the rains and the tides the saltflats could have water or mud. Salinas de Aguadulce is great for White-winged dove, migratory waders, Black-necked Stilts, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Mangrove Warbler, Sapphire-throated Hummingbird and even the Reddish Eggret which is a rare visitor.

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Day - 9

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Las Macanas

Marshlands, Lagoons, Grasslands

Hot and Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Early in the morning will depart the town of Chitre and visit this large fresh water marsh. Once a meander of the Santa Maria river, got isoleted from it by siltation. Every now and them the masive floodings generated by the copious rains in the mountains will reconect the marsh with the river infussing more life to this area. Tagets for the day will be Glossy Ibis, Limpkin, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Caspian Tern, Crested Bobwhite, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Aplomado Falcon, Gray-necked Wood-rails, Pale-eye Pygmy Tyrant, Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Peppershrike and Brown-throated Parakeet

TRANSFER TO BOQUETE AFTER LUNCH IN SANTIAGO:

4:00 hours drive.

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Day - 10

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

Anytime

Rio Crystal Lodge

Cloud Forest

Montane Forest

Coffe Plantations

Cool and Humid

12 C to 22 C. Windy and Misty

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Rio Crystal Lodge is located on the Pacific versant of the Talamanca Mountain Range. The constant flow of humidty from the wet Caribbean side keeps this cloud-forest lush and wet at all times. This ensure the proper habitat for some of the endemic Talamanca Birds: Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher, Black Guan, Green-fronted Lancebill, Golden-Collared Clorophonia, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Prong-billed Barbet, Blue-throated, Black-faced Solitaire. The Lodge offer nice paths and hanging bridges from were you can see other wildlife like the Talamanca Mountain Squirrel or the Emerald Spiny Lizard.

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Day - 11

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

8:00AM

Finca Lerida

Cloud Forest

Montane Forest

Coffe Plantations

Cool and Humid

12 C to 22 C. Windy and Misty

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

After breakfast will take our 4x4 cars to be whisked away for your birding adventures in the Chiriqui Highlands! Today, depending on where the action is, you will visit the areas of Alto Chiquero or Finca Lerida. Among the nearly 600 types of birds identified in the area are such spectacular species as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, and the rarely seen Bare-necked Umbrella Bird. Exploring the road up to the Volcano give us a great place to find the Resplendent Quetzal. Many other highland specialties can also be found, including Black Guan, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Buffy Tuftedcheek, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Sooty- capped Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch.

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Day - 12

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00 AM

Volcan Baru Slopes

Mountain Oak Forest. Farmland, Potato Fields

Chilly and misty

10 to 18 C

DEPARTURE DAY DETAILS

After breakfast will take our 4x4 cars to be whisked away for your birding adventures in the Chiriqui Highlands! Today, depending on

where the action is, you will visit the areas of Baru Volcano National Park. Among the nearly 600 types of birds identified in the area are such spectacular species as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, and the rarely seen Bare-necked Umbrella Bird. Exploring the road up to the Volcano give us a great place to find the Resplendent Quetzal. Many other highland specialties can also be found, including Black Guan, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Buffy Tuftedcheek, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Sooty- capped Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch.

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Day - 13

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

9:00AM

1:30 hours drive to La Amistad

La Amistad International Park

Mountain Oak Forest. Farmland, Potato Fields

Cool and Misty 12 to 20 C

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Parque International La Amistad (PILA) lies along the Talamanca mountain range was declare a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 due to the great importance it has for the preservation of biodiversity in Panama and the American continent. The park’s plant and animal life is some of the most diverse in Panama. Among the nearly 600 types of birds identified in the area are such spectacular species as the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, and the rarely seen Bare-necked Umbrella Bird. Exploring the area of Cerro Punta is a great place to find the Resplendent Quetzal. Many other highland specialties can also be found, including Black Guan, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Buffy Tuftedcheek, White-fronted Tyrannulet, Tufted Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-faced Solitaire, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch.

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Day - 14

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00 AM

1 hour drive

Finca Hartmann

Mountain Oak Forest. Coffe Plantations

Cool and Misty 12 to 20 C

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Finca Hartmann is a family enterprise founded in 1940 by Ratibor Hartmann Troetsch and his wife Dinorah Sandí. Today it is owned and operated by their five children. Each member of the family performs a different function in the growth, production and tourism of the farm. The land that the finca covers is used predominantly for shade-grown coffee, under towering remnant rainforest trees, and intact pre-montane highland forest that serves as a buffer zone to Parque Internacional La Amistad. At elevations between 4000-6000ft there are a number of accessible dirt roads that pass through many habitat types that are excellent for birding, hiking and exploring. Finca Hartman bird list: Fiery-billed Aracari, White-crested Coquete, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Turquoise Cotinga, Bay headed, Emerald, Speckled and Cherrie´s Tanagers, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper and migratory warblers.

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Day - 15

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

30min

Casa Grande de Bambito

Mountain Second Grouth Forest. Wet Grasslands

Cool and Misty 12 to 20 C

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today will visit Finca Ceriana, a recently new birding destination. One of Finca Ceriana's unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous volcano lagoons and a large variety of animal and plant species. Apart from being an important migratory rout birds, the biological corridor of the lagoons and Finca Ceriana is vital for the wellbeing of the protected areas of La Amistad International Park and Baru Volcano National Park. The main targets at Finca Ceriana are the Collared Trogon and the Costa Rican Brush-Finch, a very elusive drab but interesting finch

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Day - 16

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

8:00 AM

2 hours drive

Continental Divide Road

Cloud forest. Moist Mountain Forest

Cool to Fresh and misty 15 to 22C. Weathers vary a lot in this area

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Fortuna cloud forest is perhaps one of the best preserved cloud forests in all of Central America. With clouds covering the forest over 40% of the day, the humidity, low temperatures and high precipitation creates a forest like no other in the tropics. The heavy humidity released by the Caribbean Sea nearby, and the high mountains of Cordillera Talamanca creates the perfect habitat for some of the most sought after avifauna in Panama. The birds to be found in this area are Black Guan, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Lattice-tailed Trogon, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher, Spangled-cheeked Tanager, Blue-and-gold Tanager, Ashy-throated Bush-tanager, Azure-hooded Jay, Read-headed and Prong-billed Barbet, Black-bellied Hummingbird, White-tailed Emerald, White-bellied Mountain-gem, Green-fronted Lancebill and Snowcap Hummingbird.

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Day - 17

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

6:00 AM

Willie Mazu

Cloud forest. Moist Mountain Forest

Fresh 15 to 24 C

Weathers vary a lot in this area

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today you visit the area of Willie Mazu located in the highlands of Bocas del Toro. The ranch offers a natural ambiance where the cool climate of the cloud forest is a complement of attractions for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. You will enjoy the beauty of the exotic plants and birds along the trails as well as, the cascades and natural whirlpools of the various streams. Your day will have you visiting several ecosystems with their particular birds. The area is very scenic and the birds are very rewarding: Snowy Cotinga, Green Ibis, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Olive-backed Euphonia, Black-throated, Band-backed and Canebrake Wrens, Montezuma Oropendola, Crimson-fronted Parakeets, Brown Jays, Black-cowled Oriole and many other birds with restricted range in Panama.

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Day - 18

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Chiriqui Grande and Almirante Lowlands

Moist Lowland Rainforst, Sea

Hot Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Next we’ll move on to foothills and the town of Almirante named after Admiral Christopher Columbus. The banana port of Almirante is right at the edge of Panama´s largest fresh water swamp on the Caribbean coast, the San San River- Pond Sack wetlands. White-crowned Parrots, Black-faced Grossbeak, Snowy Cotinga, Green Ibis, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Olive-backed Euphonia, Black-throated, Band-backed and Canebrake Wrens, Montezuma Oropendola, Crimson-fronted Parakeets, Brown Jays, Black-cowled Oriole

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Day - 19

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

7:00 AM

Changuinola Canals and Bird Island

Moist Lowland Rainforst, Sea

Hot Humid

Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

The last Ice Age created the right conditions for the quick isolation of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. This rapid isolation preserved distinctive avifauna that makes Bocas del Toro an area you must visit. In the islands of Bocas del Toro, we will look for. Stub-tailed Flycatcher, Bronzy Hermit, Olive-throated Parakeet, Nicaraguan Seed-finch, Black Hawk-eagle, Grey-headed Dove, White-crowned Pigeon, Red-billed Tropicbird, Passerine’s Tanager and White-collared Seedeater are among the specialties you can find in these islands. The islands also work as migratory trap, where thousands of birds get blown to by the strong trade winds during migration. Perhaps you will find some of your backyards birds on vacation like you!

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Day - 20

Start Time

Locations

Habitat/s

Usual Climate/s

Date

8:00 AM

Finca Los Monos

Farewell Dinner

Moist Lowland Rainforst, Sea


Itinerary/Typical

Fauna and Flora seen...

Today in the morning will visit Finca Los Monos, a fantastic 15 years old botanical garden nestled in the outskirts of Bocas del Toro Town. The Garden offers lot of Heliconias, Palm trees, howler monkeys, sloths, and great views to the Caribbean Sea. After lunch and enjoying the garde will fly back to Panama city and will visit the famous Panama Canal for Farewell Dinner at the Atlantic-Pacific Restaurant.

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Born in Trinidad and raised and schooled in London, England, Wildlife Photographer/Naturalist Roger Neckles is considered by many to be the Caribbean’s most prominent wildlife photographer. His award-winning works, recognized for their mastery of color, composition and perspective, have graced the pages of numerous international natural history books, magazines and archives, including premier publications such as National Geographic, Natural History, Audubon, Wild Bird, Birding, Birdwatchers Digest, Birders World and Caribbean Beat, to name a few.