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In Feb of 2023 we travelled to Panama to get away from some of our cold Canadian winter. Panama is a relatively small country so with a real varied lanscapes from beaches  on both the Pacific and Caribean coast, to rainforest near Gamboa, to a relatively high mountain range down the middle. We rented a car and traveled the length of the country down the pacific side of the mountains, traveling into the mountains on several occassions. See some images and the map of 0ur route below. We started out near Gamboa, including the famous Pipeline Road. We than went to Chitre where we saw thousands of shorebirds, many of which spend their summers with us up in Canada. We than went into the mountain area Santa Fe where we were able to see many more species. From there we went to Boca Chica again where we saw more bird species but also were able to relax on the beach and go for a sunset cruise. Next we went to Bqouette where we did some hiking and spent one night/day at Finca Lerida where we saw more species, especially differnt humingbirds. We spent one day at a private reserve called Birding Paradise where we saw many nes species. I highly recommend this place but be sure to get directions, google just got us lost. We than went to Cerro Punta and a day trip into the high mountains and again saw some species that are unique to this area. From here we went to to Valle de Anton where again we saw several unique species. This was our final stop before we went back to Panama city to prepare for our trip back to Canada.

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On our previous travels we have taken images of birds but they were not dedicated birding trips. This one was. We did see a little wildlife, shown below, but the main goal was to see as many bird species as possible. We were lucky enough to see about 1/4 of Panama's bird species which numbers just over 1000. We have included many of these birds on this site.

The animals


Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas. They come in very unique sizes and colors. They can be challenging to photograph but are very beautiful when you catch a good shot. In Panama we saw 23 different species. Here are some of them.  


In Panama we saw 5 different species of Motmots, here they are with locations.


We saw many types of tanagers at different locations. This is just a few.


For people that are interested we are listing a bird list by area.

Bird List

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