Thursday, August 6, 2009

Canopy Tower to Los Altos de Cerro Azul

White-whiskered Puffbird © 2009 Leslie Lieurance

Friday morning, July 31, we went on our final field trip at the Canopy Tower - today the weather was good and we drove to Plantation Road and took a nice walk up and back to the vehicle. We saw many species that are becoming regulars for us (most of them are still really exciting, though!), with the highlight on the way up being a male and a female White-whiskered Puffbird. (See Les's great video capture of the male.) On the walk back we got lucky with a small ant swarm. Jose, our guide again this morning, heard a Northern Barred-Woodcreeper and said there must be ants nearby. Sure enough - attending the swarm we saw a couple of the N. Barred-Woodcreepers, some Cocoa Woodcreepers, several Spotted Antbirds, White-bellied Antbirds, an Oscellated Antbird, Red-throated Ant-Tanagers. It was a good way to end the stay at the Canopy Tower.

Lorenzo drove us to Tocumen International Airport, where we picked up a rental car. The Toyota Yaris we got this time has a decent-sized trunk instead of a hatchback, so we had no trouble fitting in all the luggage for the three of us. The windows, except the front windshield, have black film on them - no need for sunglasses while in this vehicle.

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