Daily Archives: August 2, 2022

Bonus Bird for today: Great Pootoo

Great Pootoo: Pipe-line Road, near Canopy Tower, Panama, July 2022 — Birders worldwide know about the Pipeline Road in Panama. It is just a stretch of dirt road up and over a range of hills, alongside the remains of a pipeline that the US started to build during World War Two as an alternative route to get oil to the Pacific Fleet if the Canal should be blocked or taken by Japan. The war ended before it was completed and the project was abandoned, but the road is still there. Most of the traffic on it is birders. Half way up you come to the Rainforest Resource Center, a well known birding destination in itself, but one of highlights of any birding trip to Panama is to walk the Pipeline Road in search of mixed feeding flocks and tropical specialities. If you are at the Canopy Tower for a 7 night bird experience, you will spend at least three mornings on the Pipeline Road, and probably visit the Ammo Ponds (along the road) for night creatures as well. I was only at the Tower for 5 days, and I did the Pipeline Road twice. My own experience of the Pipeline Road was disappointing, as both times it rained so hard we had to hike quickly back to bird-mobile, and then some of us had a very wet ride home in the open back of the truck, but that is the way birding Panama in the green season sometimes. We did manage (or our guide did manage) to find the roosting Great Pootoo along the lower section of the road…not in it usual spot. I have no idea how he saw it were it was, as there was only a tiny widow in the foliage where you get a clear view. He put the scope on it, and after everyone had had a good look, he moved the scope so I could stand in the one spot for this photo. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm, cropped and enlarged to get this image scale, and shot with multi-frame noise reduction to get detail in the low light of the canopy. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. Nominal exposure ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .7EV.

White-faced Capuchin

White-faced Capuchin Monkey: Panama Canal, Gamboa, Panama, July 2022 — While we took the tour boat on the Canal mostly to see birds, most people take a boat out of the marina at Gamboa to see monkeys. There are a few small islands just as the channel opens out into lake Gatun which are called, collectively, the Monkey Islands. On a good day, you can see three species of primates from a small boat. This is the White-faced Capuchin, with its impressive tail and expressive face. I am not certain just what the face expresses, but this is the typical Capuchin “look.” 🙂 Very serious. Perhaps a bit worried? We also saw the Mantled Howler, but we did not spend a lot of time looking for the Geoffory’s Tamarin on their island, since Tamarins are daily visitors to Canopy Tower where we were staying. I have to say, the views I got of Capuchins on the Canal were among the best I have ever gotten of this species. Sony Rx10iv at 447mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 640 @ f4 @ 1/500th.