Wednesday 27 November 2013 92 °F
Today was a huge day of birding--13 hours to be exact. (We don't know how Pearl kept herself pulled together.)
At 5:45am, our guide Mario met us at our hotel and drove us all over the Gamboa region of Panama. First we spent 5 hours at the Rainforest Discovery Center. The Center is located in the heart of the rainforest with several miles of trails and a 40-meter observation tower that placed us right above the canopy so we could watch the birding activity increase as the sun rose. It was phenomenal. Some of the more common birds we spotted were toucans and parrots, but there were many birds that we'd never heard of before too.
Later in the day, Mario took us to his secret birding spots, sometimes bushwacking through tropical undergrowth, sometimes tromping through sucking mud. "Crocodile-bait" Pearl hung back with Mom or Dad when the going got tough.
After an early evening sampling of Panamanian ceviche and a walking tour through historical colonial Panama, Mario deposited us back to our hotel.
If you ever need a guide while visiting Panama, please ask us for Mario's contact information. He was fantastic! He and Henry enjoyed talking bird for the entire day. Henry spotted 85 species in all, 46 life birds today!
Henry's two favorite photos of the day: