Tuesday, March 21, 2017

To end the day ...

After the Harpy Eagle, a few more birds filled out our day.  We hung around the park buildings for lunch and more birds before heading back down the trail.

Above and below:  Maybe our second craziest looking (after the Great Potoo) bird of the trip, Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus).

Above and below:  I love this little bird - Golden-crowned Spadebill (Platyrinchus coronatus) - my first spadebill and I recall exactly how this bird was perched across the river on a low branch and just barely in the open.

The shallow, stony river running through this part of the park.

Helicopter damsel - one of two we saw during the week.

Chestnut-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza exsul), eastern Darién race.

Basilisk lizard

Snack time while waiting for our rides back to El Real.

A young passenger on our truck without suspension.

River under the road.

Approaching El Real - flower on a fence vine.

Driving through El Real.

Farwells and boarding our canoes.

Returning to Yeviza.

Believe it or not, this is a Savannah Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis).

Ferry boat.

Perched Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus).

Arriving back to Yeviza.

A young family waiting to depart Yeviza.

Yeviza and the happy ending to our day of many moving parts.

I left out a small and sort of insignificant piece in the lead up to this day.  On the day before our Harpy Eagle success, another group that included three British wildlife photographers had left from Canopy Camp for the same purpose early Tuesday morning.  They remained for six hours and did not see the adult female Harpy Eagle.  They did see the Harpy chick.  They returned, exhausted, well after dark.

After our Harpy success, our discussion centered around not gloating about how well we saw the female Harpy Eagle and her chick when we met up with the others at Camp that evening.  For some in that group, Tuesday had been their only chance.  The Brits had arranged to go back on Thursday.  When we returned they wanted to know and, I must say, we did not gloat but at the same time I think we all found it hard to be low-key.  The photos came out and it was lived all over again.  The Brits were successful the following day.

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