Saturday, February 27, 2016

Northern Shoveler in Juan Hombrón

Gualberto Becerra photographed this Northern Shoveler at Juan Hombrón yesterday afternoon. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sora at the Gamboa Ammo Dump

Jacobo Ortega found a photogenic Sora a the Gamboa Ammo Dump pond this morning. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

White-faced Ibis, confirmed.

And like good listers we were at the Gamboa bridge at dawn yesterday, and like a good stakeout the White-faced Ibis was there, too. And it remained for the rest of the day. Birders beware that there is at least one Glossy Ibis present at the nearby Gamboa Marina. That bird, shown in the photo below by Osvaldo Quintero, has a dark eye and dark-blue facial skin.

Unofficially, White-faced Ibis is bird species number 1002 for Panama. Stay tuned for the updated list, which will be published by the Panama Records Committee of the Panama Audubon Society. Photo by Rafael Lau.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CONFIRMED: This is Panama's first record of White-faced Ibis

On the afternoon of February 11, Jenn Sinasac and Domiciano Alveo, together with Field Guides' tour leader Doug Gochfeld, studied this ibis at Gamboa, right after the bridge as one turns right into the Gamboa Resort. After careful scrutiny, they're identifying it as White-faced Ibis, which would be the first record for Panama of this bird that normally winters as far as El Salvador (but of which there's a specimen from Costa Rica and that has been widely expected as a vagrant in Panama [see Ridgely]). The bird was first seen at around 4 pm, and it was still there at dusk.
The photo clearly shows the bright red facial skin and red eye of what Sibley calls a drab adult White-faced (which would be bluish and dark in a Glossy), so we tend to cautiously concur with the ID. Either way we plan to be at Gamboa early morning tomorrow to look for it. Join us (and please bring a scope)!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ornate Hawk-Eagle in Gamboa

Jacobo Ortega found this young Ornate Hawk-Eagle in Gamboa this morning, near building 183.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Red-breasted Blackbird at Ammo Ponds, a report by Kent Livezey

At 6:30 am on December 28, I spotted a male Red-breasted Blackbird foraging in front of the gates at Ammo Ponds by Pipeline Road. My clients (Tushar and Jaimin Patel) barely had time to snap a few shots (presented here) before two Buff-throated Saltators chased the blackbird away, flushing it into the vegetation to the north. I birded there at the same time the following day, but did not see it again. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Red-tailed Hawk in Darién, un reporte por Jenn Sinasac

Este miércoles pasado (el 16 de diciembre), Domiciano Alveo y clientes del Canopy Camp vieron un Red-tailed Hawk volando sobre Aguas Calientes, Aruza Arriba (donde hay los cucus rarísimos).  Adjunto una foto tomada por Fred Dalbey.

Spoonbills and Storks in Playa Barqueta

Jacobo Ortega, Jay Millar y Karole Erikson found a group of Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks at Playa Barqueta on December 18, 2015.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blue-throated Goldentail and Black-collared Hawk in Bocas del Toro, a report by Natalia Decastro

On the 7th of October, walking around Tranquilo Bay ecoadventure lodge, located on the south peninsula of the Bastimentos Island we observed a male Blue-thoated Goldentail perched and then fighting a Green-breasted Mango. Fortunately one of the guests, Christopher Ng, had a camera, and got some good pictures for identification. 
The following day, in birding excursion to the Snyder canal, at the San San Pond Sak wetland, we observed a Black-collared Hawk. It was not afraid at all with our presence, and gave several opportunities to photograph it.  Also seen was an immature Bare-throated Tiger-Heron.
In the same area were several hundreds small dead fishes, all of them where the same species and in a high grade of decomposition.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

American Avocets in Aguadulce

And speaking of spoonbills, Howard Laidlaw and Margot Ramos found a bunch in Aguadulce on September 21. But birds of the day were 2 American Avocets on the last ponds on the west side of the road before reaching the beach. Also present  amongst the multitude of shorebirds were 6 Wilson’s Phalaropes.

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