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Birding from the top of the Canopy Tower

Sunrise from the roof of the Canopy Tower

With a view of the Panama Canal and the surrounding  forest canopy, the Canopy Tower is an incredible place to stand in the early morning light.  I climbed the narrow steps to pop my head above the hatch to see the vista open before me.  As I walked in wonder around the roof, a flicker of movement caught my eye in a cecropia tree.  There, facing east, as if waiting for the sun’s rays to dazzle the eye, were 2 Golden-hooded Tanagers.  Nice. 

Golden-hooded Tanagers

I continued my walk around the huge yellow dome with a jig in my step.   

Roof of Canopy Tower

Both Turkey and Black Vultures were swirling around at eye level.  Three Red-lored Parrots landed in a clump of leaves and disappeared.  A Keel-billed Toucan clacked in a tree across the way. 

Arcoiris 

Each direction had new trees to scan.  I made the turn on my route around the dome when a flash of blue zipped into a cecropia tree.  I stared in disbelief.  My first lifer in Panama was not a little nondescript something, something, but…Holy Crap… a Blue Continga.

blue continga

I’ll tell you more about all of this tomorrow. Right now the rain is letting up and there are birds to see.

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Skywatch Friday at the Beach

sunrise-on-the-atlantic

I was standing at the water’s edge watching the sun’s first rays color the sand when I heard a screaming flock of gulls further down the beach.  I watched as they swirled and swooped low to the sand. 

gulls-at-sunrise

Curious, I ambled down the beach in their direction.   Always fascinated by what gifts the tide brings in the night; I was looking down as I walked.  I stopped short when I saw the first tiny fish, its silvered scales catching the light.

washed-up-fish

I followed the glistening line of fish; the beach was littered with them.  The gulls were eating what must have been a large school of  fish the was caught in the tide and washed ashore.  I have no idea what they were.  The largest was about 2 inches and the smallest about an inch.  Most of  them were pale to translucent.  A few were sandy colored.  The loose flock of gulls was having a field day.   

I love being outdoors and watching bird behavior, you just never know what you are going to see.

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