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Panama’s Metropolitan Natural Park

March 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

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My trip to Panama started this morning with a four-hour hike through Metropolitan Natural Park in Panama City. It is the only park in Central America within a big city. It covers about 573 acres, and we seem to have explored all of it.

Our leader Eric Horvath, a professional ornithologist, identified a huge number of birds, and I took hundreds of pictures of them. These are my two favorites:

A Black-Throated Trogon

A Black-Throated Trogon

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A Squirrel Cuckoo

A Squirrel Cuckoo

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Eric took just me and two other guys, Bob and Larry. Others will join us later for a total of 10.

We also saw several animals. This little monkey — the smallest species in the world — was my favorite:

A Geoffroy's Tamarin

A Geoffroy's Tamarin

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After lunch at a restaurant in a mall that looked very much like the States, we drove 2 1/2 hours to Canopy Lodge, where we are staying for a week. We crossed the famous Panama Canal and drove north. Along the road we stopped when Eric spotted the only bird of prey that we saw today:

A Pearl Kite

A Pearl Kite

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This was the first day I ever experienced in Central America. What a start!


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Norman Cavior // Apr 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hi, I have been to Panama twice, 1954-1957(US Army) and for 2 weeks in 1982. I would enjoy seeing pictures you took of Panama City and wherever else you went. Thanks,

  • 2 David Mendosa // Apr 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Norman,

    Thank you. I have six or seven posts on my Panama trip at

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