Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sungrebe at Lago Calamito, a report by Rob Batchelder

Just returned from our first trip to Panama, a family vacation at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Although we saw a lot of spectacular birds (including more than 30 lifers for me), I wanted to report what was undoubtedly the most surprising find of our short trip: Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica). A single bird was seen floating on Lago Calamito, directly opposite the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center's observation platform, at around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14. The lone bird was seen well by Rob & Karen Batchelder and Sally Gladstone, from a distance of approx. 50 meters in good light, for approximately 2 minutes until it flew away.

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