Hats off to Panama, searching for everything from Antbirds to Harpy Eagles - An illustrated talk by Alan Peters

Panama in Central America forms the narrowest part of the Meso-American isthmus linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Only slightly larger than Ireland it has an amazing avifauna of around 1000 species.


This talk is based on a visit to the Canopy Tower in 2010 set in avian-rich tropical rainforest in the Soberania National Park, very close to the famous Panama Canal.  Many species were seen including Trogons, Cotingas, Parrots, Honeycreepers and lots of Antbirds.


A second trip was made in 2019 to the Darien region in eastern Panama close to the Columbian border.  With limited accommodation this was in a tented camp and with very limited roads travel was often by river in dugout canoes.  The major target bird of this location was the majestic and powerful Harpy Eagle with a chance to visit an active nest site.


This new paper, published on World Curlew Day on 21 April 2022, describes the current and historical status of the Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in an area of 1200 square kilometres centred on Banbury.   Click here to link to the paper Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all the species encountered and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

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