Canopy Tower birding

The birding portion of our trip to Panama was coming to a close and we finished our final day by visiting Canopy Tower—a former radar tower built by the US in 1965 to defend… Continue reading

A bad day birding is better than a day at the office

  In the thick of the tropical forest of Pipeline Road is the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. It is here where you will pay your entry fee to use the tower, but it’s… Continue reading

Birds and the Bees

I couldn’t really escape. There I was at the top of the 100ft /32m high tower being swarmed by angry bees. Nevermind that there were eight other people up on the tower–the bees weren’t… Continue reading

Birding Pipeline Road. Again.

How do you top the morning’s rare find of the Yellow-breasted Crake? Well, you certainly don’t stop birding for the day. Why would you? The near-magical appearance of finding a special bird gets… Continue reading

Something better

Well, talk about a complete surprise. There we were just outside Panama City at the Ammo Dump Ponds, looking for the White-throated Crake. We easily saw the usual suspects earlier, but now we… Continue reading

Birding Panama’s Ammo Dump Ponds

During World War II when the US had control of the Panama Canal the US stored ammunition in bunkers to protect the canal from the Japanese. It was in this military zone (called the… Continue reading

All alone in Panama

Whistling Herons are not even supposed to be in Panama. But sometimes birds go exploring. Or get swept away by wind and storms. Or, as in this case, went looking for food to… Continue reading

What a little sunshine will do

Our guide, Beny Wilson, assured me that the birds would be out in abundance after the rain stopped. I grew up in Oregon, so I’m used to rain. Lots of it. So getting… Continue reading

Birding Panama: Don’t let the rainy season deter you

Nothing foils a birding morning like rain. And not a light rain, but this kind of rain: This was our third trip to Panama. Our first trip was during March in 2012, at the peak of… Continue reading

Layer upon layer of birds

We were in the Big Bend National Park area for four days and two of those days we spent birding. Aside from the usual research we did in advance of our trip (Steve… Continue reading