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Birding all day long

sunny 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!

At the top of the observation tower as the sun rose and the fog lifted

At the top of the observation tower as the sun rose and the fog lifted

Henry's two favorite photos of the day:
Violet-headed Hummingbird

Violet-headed Hummingbird

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Celebratory ice cream with our guide Mario

Celebratory ice cream with our guide Mario

Posted by skwclar 17:19 Archived in Panama

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Aw, c'mon. You know you really would rather have been back here rehearsing Die Fledermaus!

by Ellen

what an awesome trip you are on! We are enjoying reading your blog.
Dan and Marcia

by Dan and Marcia

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