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Birdwatching at Summit Hotel

Some time ago our photographer Miguel “Siu” spent a weekend at Summit Hotel & Club Golf (http://www.summithotelgolfpanama.com), 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…

A new macro-adventure at Parque Natural Metropolitano

Once again we returned to Parque Natural Metropolitano joined by our collaborator Julio Abdiel Gonzalez. We were able to capture interesting species, and below you can see some of these, including a lot of spiders:








The most impressive spider we found was the Cephalotes Ant-mimic Spider (Aphantochilus rogersi) a crab spider that is similar to an ant, specifically Cephalotes atratus, which are their preferred prey. It's color, size, shape, texture and movement is very convincing, and we had a difficult time confirming if we were looking at an ant or a spider, specially when we counted legs, since the subjects were missing some. You have to bear in mind that all arachnids (class of arthropod to which spiders belong) have four pair of legs while insects have three pairs of legs.






Now you can see a set of pictures to show the different perspectives of different photographers of the same caterpillars. Caterpillars is how we commonly call the larvae of members of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths).






Katydid nymph

The same katydid nymph with more magnification given by Canon's MP-E 65mm lens.


Mantidae is the largest family of the order Mantodea, commonly known as praying mantises; most are tropical or subtropical. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks. Their elongated bodies may or may not have wings, but all have fore legs that are greatly enlarged and adapted for catching and gripping prey; their upright posture, while remaining stationary with fore arms folded, has led to the name praying mantises.


 Snail

Damselfly head (Zygoptera)