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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…

Birdwatching at Panama Viejo, a very brief visit

Recently our team of Panama city photographers spent a brief afternoon in Panama Viejo mudflats to capture some of its inhabitants. As usual on rainy season, sky became so overcast that we had to quit before expected, mainly due to “bad light". We didn’t find rare species but enjoyed a lot the marine breeze and the company of our feathered friends, disregarding the nauseating odors.

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 

“Where did you go little turnstone?"