Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 28, 2018

Costa Rica to Panama

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 3:34 am

South Costa Rica and North Panama

Where do I start. Uvita in Northern Costa Rica. I stayed in a lodge in the jungle but there was not a lot of birds. Only a Gray-lined Hawk and a few tanagers.

Gray-lined Hawk
Gray-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus)

I did see a Montezuma Orpendola fly past but it was a crappy photo. Luckily I got a photo of the Caiman in the pond below the hostel.


I caught the pink bus from Uvita to David in Panama. I have been here for three days. I got this photo in the back yard of the hostel. ” Caiman is a genus of caimans within the alligatorid subfamily Caimaninae. They inhabit Central and South America. They are relatively small sized crocodilians, with all species reaching lengths of only a few meters and weighing 6 to 40 kg (13 to 88 lb) on average.” (wiki)

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)

This morning we got a bus to Gualaca to trek to the canyon. I did not think that there were many bird but I was surprised when I edited up the photos and I had a few new birds. Doh!

Yellow-olive Flatbill
Yellow-olive Flatbill (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)

Also called the Yellow-olive Flycatcher. It took me a while to work this out as even the experts did not really know. The key was distribution.

Rufous-capped Warbler
Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons)

This bird was so annoying. It was twirping over my head and flitting in and out of the branches so I could not get a decent look at it.

Golden-hooded Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)

I got this one on the way back from the river. Pure luck.

bird list

Gray-lined Hawk
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
rufous-capped warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons)
Yellow-olive Flatbill (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)
Cherrie’s Tanager
Palm Tanager
Montezuma Orpendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
Ruddy Ground-dove
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)
Social Flycatcher
Blue-gray Tanager
Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivaceus)
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
Neotropic Cormorant

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