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Birdwatching at Summit Hotel

Some time ago our photographer Miguel “Siu” spent a weekend at Summit Hotel & Club Golf (, and of course, instead of spending time with clubs and balls, he took his tripod and camera and went searching birds on the trails and forested areas surrounding the facilities.
Suddenly, Siu heard a raptor whistle call that he immediately recognized as a Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus). He had heard it so many times while watching this bird soaring high, but to his surprise this time it was perched on a cecropia dead branch, just looking to the golf course. It only took seconds to draw this large bird’s attention and get a decent shot before it decided to soar to a farthest perch.

The Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) is a large, black raptor of Neotropical forests. It has a prominent crest, is blackish with narrow white barring below, and broad gray bars on the tail. This hawk-eagle occurs in both open and dense forests. Individuals often soa…

Birds photos at Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

A couple of days ago, I headed early in the morning to Panama Rainforet Discovery Center which is located at 1.6 Km from the entrance to Pipeline Road, the famous trail considered by many to be one of the best birding locations in all of the neotropics. You must pass the town of Gamboa, at the end of Gaillard Road, and follow the signs to the Center. 

 How to get to "PRDC" as coloquially known
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I spent just a moment because I had to go to my real life job and had no more spare time. Fortunately, I made some great shots in the short time I was at the PRDC, making the entrance fee of US$ 10 (for locals and residents) worthy enough.

  Adult male Snail Kite
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) has become common in the Panama Canal Area following the introduction of apple snails whose flesh it extracts from the shell with its specialized slender bill. It's also found near Las Macanas Marsh and rarerly and erraticly elsewhere.  The snail kite breeds in tropical South America, the Caribbean, Central America and central and southern Florida in the United States. It is resident all-year in most of its range, but the southernmost population migrates north in winter and the Caribbean birds disperse widely outside the breeding season. This species is not generally threatened over its extensive range but in the Everglades it is. In fact, it might be locally increasing in numbers, such as in Central America.

Olivaceous Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus olivaceus) is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical swamps. It's fairly common on Caribbean slope from western Colón Province eastward, and on Pacific slope from Canal Area eastward. Found in lower and middle levels of forest, usually perching quietly.

 Adult male Golden-Collared Manakin

Golden-collared Manakin (Manacus vitellinus) is common on Caribbean slope and on Pacific slope from western Panamá Province eastward, also occurs on western Veraguas foothills. It's found in lower levels of forest edge and woodland, and besides Panama occurs in Colombia and Costa Rica.

Adult female  Slaty-tailed Trogon

The Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) is the only trogon with orangish red bill with an upper mandible mostly blackish in female. In Panama, it's common on both slopes to 1,400 m and found in lower and middle levels of forest and sometimes in mangroves. It breeds in lowlands from southeastern Mexico south through Central America, to Colombia, and a small region of northwestern Ecuador. Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance. They typically perch upright and motionless.

Scarlet-rumped cacique (Cacicus uropygialis) is fairly common on entire Caribbean slope, also fairly common on Pacific slope in Darién; uncommon and more local in western Chiriquí, eastern Panamá Province and in Veraguas foothills. It's found in middle and upper levels of moist forest and woodland.