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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…

Another macro photography adventure in Panama

These compilation of photos are actually from two different adventures using two different lenses, as you might have read on previous posts I've been testing a 180mm macro lens. So I decided, to switch between lenses, one adventure with the 100mm and another with the 180mm, so I could compare results.

Both lenses are excellent but definitively they produce different results or can be used on different forms. When using the 100mm, I use a 1.5x Tamron extension to get to 150mm equivalent but the 180mm allowed me to use the 2x Canon, 1.4 Canon and even combine the 2x with the 1.5x to get a 3x magnification.

Results with 100mm macro lens:

Grasshopper instar  

 Some species of Stingless Bee making acrobatics


 Some sort of Plant Bug

 Unknown insect eggs

Results with 180mm macro lens:

A large Leafhopper that looks like a serpent (Cicadellidae family)


The Common Green Bottle Fly (biological name Phaenicia sericata or Lucilia sericata) is a blow fly found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. It is 10–14 mm long, slightly larger than a house fly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings. It has short, sparse black bristles (setae) and three cross-grooves on the thorax. The wings are clear with light brown veins, and the legs and antennae are black. The maggots (larvae) of the fly are used for maggot therapy. Lucilia sericata is common all over the temperate and tropical regions of the planet, mainly the southern hemisphere. It prefers warm and moist climates. The female lays her eggs in meat, fish, animal corpses, infected wounds of humans or animals, and excrement. The larvae feed on decomposing tissue. The defining characteristic of Lucilia sericata, and most used when identifying the adult fly is the presence of three bristles on the dorsal mesothorax.

Humpbacked Fly (Phoridae family) The Phoridae are a family of small, hump-backed flies resembling fruit flies. Phorid flies can often be identified by their escape habit of running rapidly across a surface rather than taking to the wing. This behaviour is a source of one of their alternate names, scuttle fly. Approximately 4,000 species are known in 230 genera.

 Robber Fly and prey


 Jumping Spider

Spider in the sand