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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…

Our first Wildlife Photography Workshop

On April 22, 2017 we conducted our first wildlife photography workshop thanks to Canon Panamá, who organized the workshop as part of their continuing support to photography enthusiasts, and our mutual interest to share knowledge and photography tips. The workshop was imparted by Miguel “Siu”.



Wildlife photography is a very broad subject-matter. Therefore, the real challenge was to cover as much subjects as possible on a limited amount of time. The general objectives of the workshop were:
  • To know the different techniques used by professional photographers to obtain sharper images of animals in the wild.
  • To know what equipment and accessories are needed and what the results are with each one.




During six hours we shared our knowledge in Gamboa Rainforest Resort where firstly we covered  two hours of theory, explaining basic concepts, and showing which gear is required. We gave tips to make pictures with good results in natural environments, we taught the techniques to achieve sharper images and how to look for the best photographs, including how to use speedlites. Answering all the participants' questions.


Then, we explained certain adjustments in camera, so the participants could experiment on their cameras how to set out them. Including: general settings for wildlife, birds in flight setting and macro photography setting.



After lunch we practiced the learned techniques for one and a half hour, and participants were able to test gear, especially telephoto and super-telephot lenses with the support of Canon specialists. During this period participants were able to discuss their photos with the instructor for comments and recommendations to improve them.




As instructor, Siu did’t got the chance to make so much photos, but bellow are some of the subjects participants were able to shoot:

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

We stayed in Gamboa, and the following day were able to capture these ones:

Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) eating a fish