|Lainie at the Riande Airport Hotel|
The next morning, I was up early and looked out the balcony. The first bird call I heard sounded like a robin. It was, in fact, a Clay-colored Thrush - close relative of the robin.
After breakfast at the hotel, I was thrilled to get to see a Panamanian friend. Darien Montanez spent a year in Savannah in 2005 getting his Master's in Architecture at SCAD. He is also an avid birder and I used to pick him up at his dorm for Ogeechee Audubon field trips. Darien now lives in Panama City, teaches some architecture classes, does architecture, and has a new full-time job at Panama's new BioMuseo.
Darien and his brother Camilo came to the hotel and took 8 of our group across town to the Metropolitan Nature Park for our first Panama birding experience.
|Lainie, Dot Bambach, Darien Montanez, Martha Vaughn & John Kricher birding at Metropolitan Nature Park|
|Ruddy Ground Doves - abundant everywhere we went|
|Two-toed Sloth - our first mammal sighting|
|Red-throated Ant-Tanager Female|
|Sign describing the Slaty-tailed Trogon|
|The Slaty-tailed Trogon herself!|
|Southern Bentbill - one of many flycatchers we saw|
|Geoffroy's Tamarind - another mammal|
There snoozing like an extension of the branch was one of two species of Potoos that are found in
Panama. They are nocturnal, like our whip-poor-wills and chuck-will's widows. This one is the Common Potoo.
|American Pygmy Kingfisher|