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.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Roseate Spoonbill in Panamá Viejo

Mario Ocaña found two Roseate Spoonbills in Panamá Viejo on September 9.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

White-throated Flycatcher in Amador, a report by Venicio Wilson

On September 5, while birding with Diego Postigo and his 6 year old son Carlos, I saw an Empidonax with relatively long bill, whitish lores, pale yellow belly and a totally white throat and upper chest.
Bird was moving constanly. Did not heard it call. I send this pictures to Ito (Genover) Santamaria and he agrees that the bird is a White-throated Flycatcher. The bird was spoted near the 2nd balcony on the walkway from the Yacht Club to Biomuseo.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Streaked Xenops at Río Mono, a report by Bill Adsett

As a follow-up to Darién's "Xenornis" report of Streaked Xenops possibly nesting at the río Mono bridge in February, we had good looks at one at the same place on August 19. Despite difficult light, we got some photos that show well the colour and streaking on the lower parts, but not so well those on the upper parts. However, it appears that the streaking on the upper parts is pretty much confined to the neck and shoulders, and does not continue down the upper back as in some races. Dave might be able to elaborate more on that.
Are we assuming that these birds are the incomptus race described by Wetmore from Cerro Pirre? I cannot find an illustration of that race anywhere, but the description fits pretty well. In Restall's Birds of Northern South America there is an illustrtion of hetererus of eastern Colombia which is quite similar to the Bayano bird.
[And elaborate he did. Dave Klauber:
Thanks for the photos Bill. The streaking on the back goes from the crown through only the upper mantle, which is consistent with the illustration in Handbook of the Birds of The World, although they illustrate a different race, as well as Birds of Ecuador (the Columbian guide has no picture). They also list incomptus as strictly Cerro Pirre. But this seems more ikely than the septentrionalis race of Costa Rica and western Panama. Hey, maybe a new race- ha!
They say that geographical variation is slight and subspecies are based on just a few old specimens. I quote "eleven subspecies very tentatively recognized".]

I also enclose two photos of one of 4 Wing-banded Antbirds found at the San Francisco Reserve, Tortí on August 18. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Whistling Herons still in Malibú, a report by Bill and Claudia Ahrens

On our way back to the city on August 26 we stopped to scan the ponds at the Malibu development in Nueva Gorgona with Cindy Lieurance and Leslie Lieurance.

The pond seen from the fence had about 30 Least Grebes and we found 1 Pied-billed Grebe. The pond at the back of the development is in a much more natural state and had a number of other species. Most notable - there was a Capped Heron on the far shore and a non-breeding adult Black Tern. We also saw a single American Kestrel and 2 Whistling Heron in the field area.
Leslie Lieurance shared this video of the sighting.