Tranquilo Bay’s canopy observation tower was opened in 2014 and since then it has been a great addition to the different alternatives the lodge place offers. The amazing view along with the nightly Red-lored parrot (Amazona autumnalis) commute are some of the guaranteed experiences. Some times, we see different species of animals, like White-faced capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capuchinus) or the raptor migration, when Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platypterus) and Swainson´s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) fly over Bastimentos Island by hundreds or thousands.
This is a common scene that can be observed every morning and evening from different points of Tranquilo Bay, but for me, the observation tower is the ideal place to do it, and proof of that is this great picture that Ramon got of these colorful and noisy birds from the tower.
At Tranquilo Bay we have seen and heard over 200 different species of birds, from those 126 have been seen or heard from the tower. Ramon and I put together a list of the different bird species we have seen and/or heard from the tower, to give you an idea of how diverse and abundant the tower can be. Download it here: TowerBirdList
Tracy Curran took this pretty shot of a Montezuma Oropendola, while she was at the tower. This species is a common visitor to the balsa tree next to the tower, allowing to get really nice views and if you have a camera, the possibility to take a great picture.
A few days ago, we enjoyed the flight of Red-lored Amazon (and some Mealy Parrot) couples. These parrots were going back home, to their perches in the Bastimentos Marine National Park, which borders Tranquilo Bay. Since we are adjacent to the park, every morning and afternoon, as a daily ritual, they will fly over our observation tower making us feel very fortunate.
The ritual consists of them arriving and landing in any fruiting or flowering tree, where they will have their last meal of the day. Suddenly and very noisily they will fly, always in pairs (except when the chick accompanies its parents, so you are seeing a family if there are three) to perch on the trees of the national park. Once they arrive in the park, they will get a deserved rest after a hard day. In the morning, that protocol will be repeated but in the opossite direction, in the search of an early breakfast to get energy for the new day that is starting.
This same ritual that we have observed here for 14 years now, suggests that, generation after generation they have been using this same route and the inhabitants of this peninsula have enjoyed their noisy call and nervous flight all that time.
Learn more at parrots.org: Red-Lored Parrot
In the March-April 2013 issue of Audubon Magazine, there is an article entitled Why Do Birds Matter?
A number of avian enthusiasts share their thoughts. The thoughts included in the article as well as those expressed by commentators on the Audubon Blog are thought-provoking. You might want to participate in the conversation. http://audm.ag/12wH7so