Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Panama - Boquete area, the Waterfall Trail

The following morning we headed back towards Los Quetzales trail but opted instead to walk the Waterfall trail, which starts in a private property.   The birding again was really good, almost immediately we encountered Sulphur-winged Parakeets having breakfast:


You have to admire this one's ambition:


A familiar bird form our US trips, a Black-and-White Warbler:


Then we saw a Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher:


At this point we met people already leaving the area, with a Dutch national guide and some clients, all complaining about how quiet it was.  We didn't understand...

As we got into thicker forest a Spot-crowned Woodcreeper ascended a nearby tree:


We had to scramble across the river a few times to reach the end of the canyon:



There is indeed a waterfall, though not much of one:


More of a mist shower in fact:


We turned around and headed back, seeing Violet-headed Hummingbird:


White-tailed Emerald:


and Black-faced Solitaire on the way down:


as well as Mountain Thrush:


It was by now butterfly o'clock but given the altitude the birds were still out and about too as it doesn't get too hot at that altitude:


In the grassland at the base of the trail a Yellow-faced Grassquit sang:


The last bird of the trail was this Yellow-crowned Euphonia:


Time to head back to the hotel then and prepare for Helen's birthday celebration which we planned to start at 7pm, or midnight UK time!

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