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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…

Birdwatching at the Pipeline Road

Certainly, the Cinnamon Woodpeckers were not the only birds we observed and photographed at the Pipeline Road on that occasion, most of these birds have been previously shown on this blog so we won't expand too much on their information and natural history. 


Olivaceous Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus olivaceus) is olive-green with pale yellow underparts, and the most striking feature is perhaps the white eye-ring which surrounds the large dark eye. It feeds mainly on arthropods, foraging either alone or sometimes within mixed-species flocks comprising mainly antbirds and ovenbirds.


Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) feed on insects, lizards, fish, crabs, and also consume many fruits, especially those of palms and Heliconias. These birds often sit still on a canopy perch, and in their dense forest habitat can be difficult to see, despite their size and colour. The binomial commemorates the German botanist and explorer Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius.


The only new species was this hard to photograph small antbird, the White-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula axillaris). It is perhaps the most widespread of the antwrens, and the only antwren with bold white flank patches that contrast with otherwise dark plumage. These patches are particularly conspicuous because of this birds' habit of nervously flicking its wings to reveal the flanks. It occurs in the understory of lowland forest from Honduras south through northern South America to Bolivia and coastal eastern Brazil, and on Trinidad. It often associates with mixed species flocks, feeding on small insects and other arthropods taken from twigs and foliage in the lower branches of trees. The adult male (as shown) has dark grey upperparts, black underparts, and black wings with bars of white spots. The flanks and underwings are white. In Panama it's common on entire Caribbean slope, and on Pacific slope on western Chiriquí from Panamá Oeste Province eastward.


Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)


Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)


Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Juliamyia julie) - male


White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) - female