September 20, 2009 · 9:59 am
The rain was falling in buckets, yet a tiny Snowy-bellied Hummingbird sat tenaciously on the top of a Heliconia. He would make a foray out occasionally, but then return to his perch, point his bill to the sky and sit for long periods. I stood on the deck pondering this then wandered out into the garden. It turns out our long-suffering sprite had a terrific spot to wait out the elements. Above his head and protecting him from at least some of the downpour was a large banana leaf. What a smart cookie.
Here he is on a better day.
I never saw him sit on that Heliconia again.
September 16, 2009 · 6:22 am
September 9, 2009 · 6:53 am
One of the first things (well aside from the birds) that you will notice in Panama is the incredible array of Butterflies. In the heat of the day (and I am talking serious heat and humidity at the Tower) during the siesta break, I wandered around sampling the butterflies as they sampled the nectar. I would like to show you a few of them. Most of them I do not know the names of, but they are all fabulous.
This one is a skipper and maybe a FrostedFlasher
Domi and I found this wicked looking caterpillar on a bridge railing at the start of Plantation Road. I wouldn’t touch it if you paid me.
Either Ziba Scrub-Hairstreak or Confusing Scrub-Hairstreak
All of these were taken at the Canopy Tower. But let me leave you with the Blue Morpho that floats everywhere at the Lodge. I loved that they came to the feeders to eat the bananas. They rest with their wings closed. It was impossible for me to take a good shot of one flying. They are the most beautiful blue.
Special thanks to Kim Garwood for helping ID the butterflies and to Patrick Belardo for suggesting her website.