Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 4, 2018

Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama Colombia

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Nicaragua to Colombia

It has been ages since I sorted out my tourist photos. So here we go.

San Juan del Sur - Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Things were getting pretty bad in Nicaragua. Most of the roads were blocked and food and petrol was running out. So I got a shuttle to Liberia in Costa Rica and headed up to the hills after that.

Monteverde - Costa Rica
Monteverde – Costa Rica

Looking towards the coast from the mountains. It was nice and cool up there.

Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio

After the mountains I hit the coast of Costa Rica.

Me in Panama
Birdwatcher in Panama

This is me at Gualaca, east of David in Panama.

Panama City
Panama City

This is looking out to the head of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Ocean side. There were lots of ships waiting out there.

Cartagena - Colombia
Cartagena – Colombia

I flew from Panama City to Cartagena in Northern Colombia. It does not rain as much down here.

June 30, 2018

Panama City Birding Part Two

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Cerro Ancon

This afternoon I headed towards the top of the Cerro Ancon. I walked around the hill along a busy highway, then scooted into the park. It was deserted. Funny that, because it was very nice bush.

Common Tody-flycatcher
Common Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)

This Common Tody-flycatcher was hanging around the fence at the edge of Cerro Ancon. I was pretty stoked to get a photo.

Yellow-olive Flycatcher
Yellow-olive Flycatcher (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)

I think this is right. Also known as Yellow-olive Flatbill.

Black Vulture
Black Vulture

I saw quite a few vultures circling overhead. It is quite eerie.

Panama City bird list

Common Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)
Yellow-olive Flycatcher/Flatbill (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
Black Vulture
Pale-vented Pigeon
Palm Tanager

June 29, 2018

Panama City Birding

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Cerro Ancon, Panama City

I made it to Panama City and got into my hostel before dark. This morning I got up early and wandered along the street next to a chunk of rainforest near the hostel. I ended up with four new species of birds. Not a bad effort considering I did not expect anything.

Variable Seedeater - female
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) female

I am quite happy to get a photo of a Variable Seedeater. This one just plopped down in the grass in front of me and started chomping away on the seeds.

Crimson-backed Tanager
Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

I thought these were Cherrie’s Tanagers at first but they were definitely different.

Saffron Finch
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)

This Saffron Finch just plopped in front of me as well. On my way back from breakfast at Macca’s.

yellow-headed caracara
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)

I thought this was a cuckoo at first. It even looks a bit like a malkoha. But no, it is a Yellow-headed Caracara.

Tropical Mockingbird
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)

I knew what this was as soon as I saw it.

Red-lored Parrot
Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)

An amazona parrot. I think I have seen them before. I forget where.

agouti
Agouti

You see these big rats all over the place even near houses.

Panama City bird list

Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) female
Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)
Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)
Great-tailed Grackle
Blue-gray Tanager
Clay-colored Thrush
Black Vulture

Agouti

June 28, 2018

Costa Rica to Panama

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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.

Caiman
Caiman

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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