Spot-crowned Barbet

RNA Titi Cabeciblanco, Cottontop Tamarin Reserve

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14-22 July 2015. We have had the great fortune to volunteer for ProAves at a couple of their newest reserves, conducting bird surveys and searching for rare and key species. First we spent eight fantastic days in the Perijá Mountains, in the amazing new Reserva Chamicero del Perijá (Perija Thistletail Reserve). Most recently we spent a bit over [...]

More Darién province birding adventures


22-24 July 2014 If you cannot make it to Darién National Park there are still plenty of great places to add some amazing birds to your list. The Canopy Tower family recently opened Camp Darién situated a 20 km south of Metití where you can stay in luxurious tent cabins and visit some great birding destinations with their guides (though not for [...]

At the end of the road and into the jungle


13 – 22 July 2014 The Pan-American Highway starts to deteriorate in the town of Aguafría as you cross from Eastern Panamá Province into Darién Province. From the provincial border east you dodge pot holes, speed bumps and sleeping dogs for another hour or two. These are not just any ordinary pot holes though; some of them consume half the [...]

Birding Achiote Rd. in Panama


25 June 2012 Although quite a hot day, we were not bothered and we were excited to get to the Caribbean side of the canal and to see a new set of birds. Unfortunately, the beginning of Achiote road is really quite busy with traffic which was a bit of a bummer. Traffic aside, we did find a lot of good birds, including Spot-crowned Barbet, [...]