Friday, February 03, 2012

Birds of Panama

Since there is nothing happening in my own particular little world today and it’s gray outside, I thought I’d take you back to Panama and show you some colorful birds I came across on our visit there last May.

One of the first birds I was introduced to was this little guy: a Red-Legged Honey Creeper. I love his black mask and his deep indigo color.

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Here is a male and female side by side. Of course he gets to be dazzlingly beautiful and she gets to be a rather drab yellow-green!

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A bird that was pretty hard to get photos of was this Thick-billed Euphonia with his bright yellow and dark blue coloring. You can see a few Red-Legged Honey Creepers in the same tree with him.

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An unidentified bird. My notes say “Flame Tanager” but it’s not! The beak is too large.

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All these birds were photographed outside Panama City in the yard of a Bed & Breakfast we had lunch at. I could have cared less about the delicious lunch that she served with all these beautiful birds all around us!

The following bird photos were taken at our small boutique hotel in Boquete. Each morning they would put out fruit for the birds. You had to be an early riser to see the birds before the fruit was gone. Here is one of the bird “feeders.”

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The Blue-Gray Tanagers were plentiful; whether they were by themselves

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or sharing with a Red-Legged Honey Creeper:

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or feeding their young:

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And certainly lots of my already favorite birds: The Red-Legged Honey Creepers again!
In this photo you can see more of his gorgeous coloring.

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Here he is pretty darned intimidated by the much larger bird. I’m pretty sure the other bird is a Streaked Saltador (female?) but I was never certain of the identification. Just look how he’s trying to make himself look bigger by ruffling up the feathers on his head.

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Mrs. Honey-Creeper:

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Another Thick-Billed Euphonia with a very curious Streaked Saltador (love its expression!). This Euphonia is very dull in color compared to one at the beginning of this post, so no sure if it is a female or just in a molt.

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I also loved the Silver Throated Tanagers.

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These colorful birds with their blue beaks and half-orange breasts I could never identify from the guide at the hotel. (My bird book does not cover the tropics!) Maybe in the Tanager family??

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Another unidentified bird.

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The common robin!

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A Social Flycatcher.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have these colorful birds in your back yard?

Comments:

These are magnificent!  So glad you went back in the files to share them.  I’m having bloggers block right now….maybe I’ll go back in the archives over the weekend.  Again, absolutely beautiful!  And you certainly know your birds! LOL

Helene, I was lucky they had a bird guide there at the office of the hotel or I would have no clue as to what kinds of birds they were! For some reason last year I started blogging about our Panama trip and then dropped the blog ball. I thought it a shame not to share these. Glad you enjoyed them!

Those Red Legged Honey Creepers are as cute as their name.

Debra, I agree! smile

It’s about time!!  grin  Also glad you decided to share them even if it was several months later.

Carolyn, I know, I know! I’ve been bad! Maybe I’ll write about Boquete now too and the coffee plantation ...

I’ve just bought a handbag the exact indigo blue of the honey creeper.  The birds are beautiful, such vibrant colours and what a healthy diet they have.  I would love one of the bird feeders.

Joyce, that must be one stunning bag! I know, what cool little statues! They had some lovely things inside our bungalow that I would have loved to bring home too—interesting light fixtures.

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