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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…

Chiriquí birds & wildlife January 2016 tour (pt. 1)

In January 2016 our photographic adventures took us to the western part of the country, and we made a short visit to the Atlantic coast crossing the mountain range. The day was overcast and with intermitent showers but we could get some pictures near Fortuna and later at Rambala.

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Fire-star Orchid (Epidendrum radicans)

 Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus)

 Thick-billed Seed-Finch (Sporophila funerea) - female

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) - male

Common Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum) is a tiny, big-headed bird, 9.5–10.2 cm (3.7–4.0 in) long, with a long, flattened, straight black bill. The upper head is black, shading to dark grey on the nape and dark olive-green on the rest of the upperparts. The usually cocked tail is black with white tips, and the wings are blackish with two yellow wing bars and yellow edging to the feathers. The underparts are entirely yellow.

It breeds from southern Mexico to northwestern Peru, eastern Bolivia and southern Brazil. In Panama it's common on both slopes, and found in forest edge, woodland, scrub, thickets and gardens.

Long-tailed Tyrant (Colonia colonus)