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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…

Wildlife photos from Río Indio, Coclé (pt. 2)

As promised, we continue the second part of our Río Indio report with Julio's photos, apparently he was having trouble with the weather tarnishing some of his lenses but was able to make both, macro and bird photography during the night and day we stayed in Río Indio.

Blunt-headed Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa). Other common names include: fiddle-string snake, culebra cordelilla. Is a species of rear-fanged colubrid snake distributed in Mexico, Central America, and South America. These snakes are known for their long, slender bodies, large heads, and their eyes that make up approximately 26% of its head.

Blunthead tree snakes are arboreal. They are most often found in low vegetation. These snakes prefer much cooler and moist areas such as wet forests and rainforests. At night they forage for food through dense vegetation on the ground up to their resting places in the trees. They are carnivores, feeding mostly on small lizards, frogs, and other reptile eggs. They are rear-fanged and mildly venomous, but is not considered dangerous to humans.

Paltry Tyrannulet (Zimmerius vilissimus)

Harvestman (Opiliones) possesses fangs too short or a mouth too round and small to bite a human and therefore is not dangerous.

Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)

Lubber Grasshopper - instar (Chromacris psittacus)
This member of the Romaleidae family is often confused with locusts (Acrididae family) due to the swarming habit of younger instars. 

Froghopper or Spittlebug (Cercopoidea)
Many adult Cercopidae can bleed reflexively from their tarsi, and the hemolymph appears to be distasteful; they are often aposematically colored (warning), as shown.

Crane Fly (Nephrotoma)
Nephrotoma species have a lustrous body, which is yellow with black or brown stripes and spots. The species are found in deciduous and mixed forests, shrubland and moist meadows.

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. The individual plants are usually composed of simple, one-cell thick leaves, attached to a stem that may be branched or unbranched.

Moss-mimic Stick Insect (Trychopeplus laciniatus)
The name of the order Phasmatodea is based on the Latin noun phasma ("apparition", "ghost") given the camouflage that can make stick and leaf insects invisible. Some species in this order mimic twigs or foliage, but Trychopeplus laciniatus resembles the thick moss that clothes the trunks of trees in the forests. It is flightless, slow-moving, and undefended, so has evolved to stake its survival entirely on disguise. This individual in particular might not be a complete adult since we have seen pictures of other individuals with more developed moss-like chitinous cuticle.