Friday, April 7, 2017

Some final good birds

After seeing the male Harpy Eagle at San Francisco Reserve, we enjoyed a return visit to our luncheon restaurant in Torti.


The restaurant was good because it had hummingbird feeders and a small area where we could walk to find birds.


Above and two below:  Snowy-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia edward).  I really like the Latin name of this bird, but it goes to the point that scientific names really don't really suggest anything specific about most birds. 



I liked this hummingbird.


A Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) surprised us all with unobstructed viewing and photographs right off the deck of the restaurant.  We were essentially at eye level.  Just a day earlier I had tried photographing one that moved from tangle to tangle.


I've seen squirrel cuckoo on every trip to Central America and have never had such a chance to for such photographs.  This is a random selection of about a dozen of this bird.  It was a fun photo shoot.  



Above:  The squirrel cuckoo acting more like a squirrel cuckoo.


A final group photo as we get ready to depart.


Above and below:  soaring Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea) seen over our last stop on the return to Panama City.


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