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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…

Giant Anole (Dactyloa microtus)

Our Chiriquí correspondent, Rafa Gutierrez, sent us these pictures of this species of Giant Anole, Dactyloa microtus (synonym Anolis microtus), an iguanian lizard belonging to the family Dactyloidae with 391 species.

Anolis microtus is a short-legged giant anole with a total length of 330mm, has light yellow or tan ground color, marked with a series of light brown-centered dark bands that may change to green on flanks, and a postorbital stripe.

Its habitat is undisturbed rainforests of the premontane zones and marginally into similar forests of the upper lowlands from northwestern Costa Rica to southwestern Panama. It's apparently a canopy species and rare.