Category Archive: Central America

Birding in Boquete, Panama: Chasing targets

Panama Day 6 You know the risks. Chasing something is a gamble and you may have your heart broken in the end. Birders are known to have something they chase. “What’s your target… Continue reading

A lesson in Birding without recordings in Boquete, Panama

Panama Days 4 and 5 Bird song recordings. Some use them and others don’t. When we were in Boquete, Panama, our guide, Terry—a resident expat from The Netherlands— doesn’t. We had been birding… Continue reading

Panama Day 3: Mixed flocks bring mixed blessings

This post has it all: Lots of bird and mammal photos in a gallery below, a video of Steve and I (only 40 seconds long, guys!), and our bird list at the very… Continue reading

Panama Day 2: Birding in a group where styles don’t mix

Our first day in El Valle, Panama at Canopy Lodge only called for a 6:30 a.m. breakfast, which is not too early by birding standards. In fact, some might suggest that was a… Continue reading

It’s not a race. Panama Day 1: Metropolitan Nature Park

Right on the edge of Panama City is the Metropolitan Nature Park, which is just over 600 hectares. We didn’t need to be at Canopy Lodge until late afternoon so we decided to… Continue reading

When birds make me complain-y

You travel hundreds–or even thousands–of miles, and no matter how long you wait for them, they turn their backs on you. They’ll sit there, looking the wrong direction, wondering when you’re going to… Continue reading

Naked Germans and screaming monkeys make birding in Tikal exciting!

Well, the birds are exciting too. It’s just that I didn’t plan on the naked Germans in our hotel pool and the screaming spider monkeys that were terrified out of their minds while… Continue reading

Life at Crooked Tree in Belize

Tired. Exhausted. Dirt under my fingernails. More than my share of mosquito bites. We were on our way to the airport in Belize to go home after our two-week adventure. Our first week… Continue reading

A Warbler Conspiracy

It was April 2010 when Steve and I were canoeing down the Macal River in Belize and where I saw my first Prothonotary Warbler. Eric, our guide, excitedly pointed out the colorful yellow… Continue reading

A girl in pursuit of army ants. (Actually, I didn’t want to seem like a wimp.)

We had just left the Canopy Tower in Panama and were driving down the steep winding road when Steve slowed our car down as we approached a truck that was pulled over to… Continue reading