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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…

Nocturnal Macro-Adventure

February is the macro month! So, we continue showing you more of this big small world through the photos of Miguel Siu and Julio Abdiel.

Harvestmen (Opiliones) are very common during our night walks in the rainforest, and could be very conspicuous and cooperative. 

Caterpillar (Lepidoptera). This is how a caterpillar looks when you confuse it’s rear end as the head.

Crickets (Gryllidae) are the masters of disguise of the rainforest.

Katydids (Tettigoniidae) can be vulnerable when ongoing metamorphosis like this one emerging from its exoskeleton.

Beetles (Coleoptera order)  are very diverse, you can find them on many flavors as shown below on this section:
A beetle with comb-like antennae

Weevils as this member of the Conoderinae subfamily are also coleopterans. This guy is playing dead trying to pass as a seed to avoid the predators with cameras.

White Broad-Nosed Weevil (Compus). Once more we find this ghostly inhabitant of the forest.

Scarab or Dung Beetle (Scarabaeoidea)

Don’t be fooled by these tree snails, they are not as big as seen on pictures.

Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha)

Millipede (Diplopoda) having sweet dreams

Mantis (Pseudomiopteryx sp.)

Bark Mantis (Liturgusa sp.)

Mantis (Mantidae)

Moth or Butterfly? Sometimes it's hard to tell

And again we found the most dangerous spider in Panama, the Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria boliviensis)

...also a non-dangerous cousin

...and more spiders

...we also found these Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) blending very well with the ambient, either bark or leaf.

And finally, from time to time cockroaches (Blattodea) come by to proof they also have details to show.