Yesterday, I blogged about how to arrange a visit to Soberania National Park. Now I will show you some of the birds you can expect to see there. A comprehensive bird list can be found on the Canopy Tower’s website. Of course you won’t see them all but with luck you can see some of the highlights.
RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTER OBSERVATION TOWER
I always prefer to climb a tower to have a bird’s eye view over the rainforest. When you are at ground level in dense forest, bird sightings may be only a colored rustling in a tree or a fleeting glimpse as they fly over your head and disappear into the forest before you can aim your camera. The observation tower here was good for sightings (from a distance) of Red-lored Parrots, Yellow-crowned Parrots, Blue-headed Pionus Parrots and Toucans. In the last photo you can see a glimpse of a ship going through the Panama Canal!
The construction of the tower is pretty cool too! Since it is deep in the rainforest, you can’t get a photo of it from the ground except looking straight up or from the top looking straight down.
We fled back to the main building and kept busy watching the jewel-toned hummingbirds. We were the only people there until a tour group showed up on segways (not sure how they drove them over the bumpy Pipeline Road)!
RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTER MAIN BUILDING
DRIVE TO GAMBOA
After leaving Pipeline Road, we drove past the Panama Canal to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort to check out the birds down by the river. We had planned to have lunch there but the restaurant was closed.
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT
We had to drive across this rickety looking bridge that made me very nervous! I crept along at 5km per hour with annoyed locals piled up behind me.