MARCH 29 - APRIL 5, 2018
This trip visited the Canopy Camp Darien in eastern Panama (shown here under the full moon), with a single bird as the primary goal. We were hoping to see the iconic Harpy Eagle, rare denizen of pristine rainforests of the American tropics, the largest and most powerful forest-dwelling raptor in the world. Of course Harpy Eagles are just part of a vibrant ecosystem, and once we’d enjoyed spectacular views of Harpy Eagle, we then enjoyed many other elements of this mega-diverse environment.
We were out before dawn to travel by van, canoe, 4-wheel drive truck, and finally on foot to see this magnificent Harpy Eagle.
The group was assembled by Pat & Clay Sutton, above left. Above center, Clay with our wonderful guide Carlos Bethancourt. Above right, Pat photographs the Harpy Eagle. The rest of the crew below, left to right: John, Katharine, Nancy, Joe, Virginia, Lee, Molly, and Chris.
Carib Grackle, a rare sighting in Panama
This three-toed sloth had just crossed the road.
Above, left to right: White-necked Puffbird, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Gartered Trogon, Black-capped Donacobius.
Below, left to right: Great Jacamar, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Dusky-backed Jacamar.