During the last week of October, Natalia and I had the opportunity to explore, with the kayaks, the Auyama River mouth. Where the Auyama River pours it´s water into the Chiriqui Lagoon. Jay was going fishing with a guest in the area, there was space for the kayaks, so we got some water, our cameras in a backpack, and we were ready to go.
When we got there, the tide was rising but it was still very low so we had to find our way over a sand bar, between dozens of logs covered in Neotropic Cormorants and some shorebirds like Ruddy Turnstones, Semi-palmeated Plover and sandpipers. Flying around we could see some Brown Pelicans and Royal Terns while we were getting into the river itself.
Once we got into the river, both sides were covered in Black Mangrove at the entrance and on the first hundred meters. Vegetation grew thicker as we were going up the river, and after enjoying a pair of Pied Puffbird, we heard an unknown sound so we stopped our kayaks and waited. Just a few seconds after we began alert mode, a Boat-billed Heron flew from one side of the river to the other perching in a thick clump of branches and leaves.
It was time to start heading back to the boat, so we left it resting on it´s perch, and we headed out. It felt like we needed more time to discover the wonders that the Auyama River holds, but for an introductory trip … we could not complain. It was a wonderful morning surrounded by interesting birds in beautiful scenery.