We saw four of the six puffbirds in Panama. Photos start with the two seen on the last day of our trip. The White-necked was seen on the third day in Parque Natural Metropolitano. The White-whiskered Puffbird was seen on our first day. Why is this important? It's not, except the White-whiskered was found on our own - I was with Cookie and Lisa - and offered such cooperative, fantastic and fun photographing at nearly eye level and in beautiful lighting.
Above and below: Black-breasted Puffbird (Notharchus pectoralis)
Above and below: Pied Puffbird (Notharchus tectus)
Above and below: White-necked Puffbird (Notharchus hyperrhynchus)
Below my favorite: White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis)
After taking a dozen or more photos of our White-whiskered Puffbird, I thought we would need to leave this perfectly perched bird, but it finally flew off allowing us to walk away very satisfied with our experience. It is seldom that a bird offers such photographic opportunities - at least not with a group, and was certainly unexpected in the Panama rainforest. Gorgeous little bird!
On the first day of our official tour start, another cooperative White-whiskered Puffbird was found in the late afternoon along Plantation Road for everyone in the group to see and photograph.