American Pygmy Kingfisher Panama-style

American Pygmy Kingfisher, Snyder Canal, Bocas del Toro, Panama.

You have a pretty good chance of seeing at least 5 of the 6 possible Kingfishers for Panama along the banks of the Snyder Canal in the Changuinola district of Panama. And the 6th is at least a possibility…but it is only seen occasionally. On our trip there last week we saw Ringed, Green, Amazon, and Pygmy…but no Green Rufous Kingfisher…for 5 out of 6. The American Pygmy Kingfisher has to be one of my favorite birds. It packs more attitude into its tiny body than birds 10 times it size 🙂 Along the Snyder Canal we are in bigger boats so a close approach is not always possible, but I am happy with this shot from further out.

Sony RX10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 800 @ f4. Cropped and processed in Lightroom.

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