Readers’ wildlife photos

November 5, 2023 • 8:15 am

Today we’ll have the last wildlife photos for about ten days, and they come, as always on Sunday, from John Avise. John’s notes are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

Panama Birds, Part 2     

Last week’s WEIT post showcased a dozen bird species that I managed to photograph on a seminar trip to Panama in 2008.  This week’s post shows another dozen or so avian species that I photographed during that same several-week excursion.  As I mentioned before, I found the dark and rainy forest understory to be an extremely difficult environment in which to get good bird photographs.

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii):

Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus):

Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi):

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus):

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor):

Common Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum):

Crested Guan (Penelope purpurescens):

Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus):

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos):

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica):

Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus), male:

Fasciated Antshrike, female:

10 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. wow! What a collection of photos! The color on that Crimson-backed Tanager is such a rich and gorgeous red.

  2. Nice! I love the mixture of extravagant birds and “mundane” (not to be disparaging) birds. All must have been exhilarating to see in person.

  3. Thanks for these, John. Seeing these reminds me of the richness of the Neotropical bird fauna, something that I encountered for the first time in Panama.
    I remember watching a pair of guans leaping from branch to branch far above me in the forest on Barro Colorado. Magnificent big birds.

  4. Your bird photos are the best! I always look forward to them. I live in the Sonoran Desert region of Arizona (Tucson) and have seen some familiar species in your collection (mostly the less colorful varieties) and it’s fun to see how these guys “get around”, so to speak.

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