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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…

Panama Birds and Wildlife Photos' Blog grows

On our last post we showed some photos we made at Panama Viejo but truth is that we started the day in the rainforest, specifically the Pipeline Road, where we had interesting opportunities disregarding we missed photographing our main target (Streak-chested Antpitta).

The day was not great but at least we made several pictures, and we were able to practice our long lenses techniques with species we have featured previously on this blog. In our search we were able to hear our target but never saw it. We also saw Ocellated Antbirds but were not able to photograph them. 

Finally, we have good news: we are growing, and now we have officially added Julio Abdiel Gonzalez to our photographers roster. Julio Abdiel has being collaborating with us from time time but now he will be featured more often. Without further ado we now move to the photos:

Spotted Antbird (Hylophylax naevioides)

Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus) - female

Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus) - male

Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum)

Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)

White-vented Plumeleteer (Chalybura buffonii)

Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris)

Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Juliamyia julie) 

White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis)

Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus)

Checker-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla fulviventris)

Black-crowned Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha ) - female

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) - female

Northern Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae)