What time of year to bird?
Many folks like the dry season (about Dec through Mar) better than the green season, but each season has its pluses and minuses. In the dry season, the days are sunnier (birds may quiet down earlier; sometimes better, sometimes worse for photography) and hotter (bring plenty of water!), but you don't have to worry about getting rained on. In the green season, it tends to be cloudier, cooler (the birds may stay active later), and muddy, but it may rain. However, most days during the green season are wonderful birding all morning; typically, it starts clouding-up when we get back to the vehicle and rains en route to the hotel or when you're back in your room taking a nap. See our Rainy-day Policy above.
The Panama bird field guide:
Angehr G, Dean R. 2010. The Birds of Panama: a Field Guide. Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, New York, USA. 456 pp. At www.amazon.com.
Your guide will have his Swarovski binoculars, Swarovski scope, tripod, bird song player, laser pointer, and field guide.
To bird in Cerro Azul, which is about 45 minutes east of Panama City at 800 m elevation, add $21.40 per person entrance fee and $12.00 per person for lunch to the 8-hour price above. Rounded, this means $300 for 1 person, $360 for 2 people, $440 for 3 people, and $560 for 4 people. Here are some of the eBird links for various places in the Cerro Azul area: Birders' View, Maipo Trail, Altos del Frente, Las Nubes.
To bird in other parts of central Panama (like Nusagandi or San Francisco Reserve) or eastern Panama (like the Darien), contact us for quotes. We may be able to accommodate you.
No deposit is required. Please pay in cash right after birding.
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One of the great things about Panama is we get lots of rain, especially between April and November. Of course, rain isn’t good for birding. Most guides charge the whole amount, even if you get rained-out, but we don’t think that’s quite fair, so this is what we do. When your guide shows up to get you, you’ll owe him $100. For each hour he's with you after the pickup, you’ll owe him 20% of the morning’s price until the full price is reached. You make the decision whether to continue birding. This has never been needed!
Tours are operated via Ecotour Darien (www.ecotourdarien.com)
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We see cool mammals, too!
Photos, here by permission, were taken while birding with Kent Livezey: Streak-chested Antpitta (Rolando Jordan), male Crimson-backed Tanager (Evelyn Fiddes), Common Potoo (Evelyn Fiddes), Striped Owl (Evelyn Fiddes), female Fasciated Antshrike (Franklin Kwai Ben), female Ringed Kingfisher (Mario Olteanu), collared anteater (Angela Hooton), male mantled howler monkey (Saurin Munshaw), three-toed sloth (Saurin Munshaw), Geoffroy's tamarin monkey (Franklin Kwai Ben). Header photos of male Spotted Antbird (Jacques Giraud) and Keel-billed Toucan (Wayne Lynch) are here by permission. Website by Kent Livezey.
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