Just a short note. My friend Natalia, of the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, posted some photos of a shy bird that is often heard... but very difficult to see. The bird have been resting in the same general area for about a month... a Vermiculated Screech-Owl. So, after leaving my daughter at the school, I went with Gloriela to the PRDC where Natalia was waiting for us. We where in a hurry, the only access to the town of Gamboa, an old one-lane bridge, would be closed to maintenance until noon, so we only had 30 minutes to find the bird.
|Vermiculated (Choco) Screech-Owl|
As you can see, the little guy was right where Natalia said. The form present in central and eastern Panama (and northern South America) is sometimes separated as Choco Screech-Owl due to vocal differences compared to the rest of the population en western Panama and Central America. Thanks Natalia for showing us this sleepy owl!