Monday, May 3, 2010

Panama Audubon

We joined Panama Audubon in April. An announcement of a shorebirding trip to Costa del Este arrived by e-mail, so we went along for the fun. The tide was very good for mudflat birding, but the highlights were gulls, not shorebirds. A large gull kept us all speculating and discussing through the trip. Later, Darién Montañez consulted Howell & Dunn and concluded it was an immature Kelp Gull. The video was shot through my scope and later stabilized with software. Sharp-eyed viewers will see another rare gull at the end. A Ring-billed Gull is standing on the left.

Passers-by stopped to see what all the fuss was about.

Rosabel Miro, Executive Director of Panama Audubon, was able to keep them thoroughly engaged and motivate the youngsters with views of all the birds.

They really enjoyed the Black Skimmers.

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