Rough week that ends well

Birding PanamaI had a rough week last week – this Blue Dacnis and I were on the same page. Between rain, migraines and emergency dental work for our eight year old daughter (which included a quick day trip to Panama City), I also had amazing conversations, saw friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, got to know some new and very interesting people, see my daughter on a horse for the first time (not the reason for the emergency dental work), and watch both the children and our business grow. Steve Ingraham was here to check us out and take photographs. His photographs are a wonderful reminder of why we have chosen to make Bocas del Toro, Panama our home. God has been very kind to Bocas. The natural resources that exist here are beyond compare.   The fact that we have the gift and opportunity to do what we can to steward this small piece of the earth we call Tranquilo Bay is such a blessing.

I ended the week with a sore throat I caught somewhere along the way during a bumpy and exhausting ride. However, I have a new set of wall-to-wall bookshelves in our new classroom to store our very large collection of books and the kids’ schoolwork. Tranquilo Bay received four new excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, the promise of a future trip with Steve Ingraham, lots of laughs with our guests this week, and a reminder of just how lucky we are to call this piece of paradise home.

Bocas del Toro HotelPlease click-through to check out Steve’s photos from his time here in Bocas del Toro.   They are amazing in their own right, but they also give you a very good idea of the colors you might see here in Bocas – rain or shine.

Canopy Observation Tower

Tranquilo Bay’s new canopy tower is an outstanding place to observe many birds, mammals, reptiles, and butterflies living high above the forest floor in Bocas del Toro, Panama.  The rainforest trail system here at Tranquilo Bay is very productive in terms of wildlife sightings, but you might find yourself looking up all the time.  That’s because in the tropical rainforest everything, it seems, is in competition for light.  There are some very specialized flora and fauna living in the upper levels of the forest canopy.  They ruthlessly creep, crawl, climb, scurry, fly and flutter until they reach the top.  When you ascend the tower, emerging through the canopy, your eyes are treated to an unobstructed view of a tropical rainforests most desirable real estate.  The views are absolutely incredible and the wildlife seems to be undisturbed by your presence, you are not a threat.  That makes wildlife watching much easier for many different reasons.  First, there is plenty of light above the canopy making photography and binocular use a dream.  All those fancy optics you paid for actually get to do their best work.  Furthermore, your subjects seem to be more cooperative or content.  On the ground, everything is always moving away, or gone before you pass through if you aren’t quiet, which is hard to do in groups.  Above the canopy birds, mammals, and reptiles are foraging on tree top seeds and flowers or soaking up the sun for a daily dose of warm blood.  They stay in the same areas for longer periods of time thus giving you a better chance for a great view.  What’s more important is that the animals moved in to see you because in the tower you are not stirring up leaves, stepping on sticks or moving around making a lot of noise.  Since you are not disturbing anyone, you are able to observe natural wildlife behavior and daily habits.  The combination of good light and less movement of the subject make Tranquilo Bay’s canopy observation tower an excellent place to study your field marks or take that wildlife photo of a lifetime.

Birding Group at Tranquilo Bay

Bocas Canopy Tower

From the tower, eye-level views of the canopy help visitors see many birds, mammals and reptiles that are often hard to find from the trail.

Panama Bird Watching

A great place for birding groups and individual bird watchers to hone their tropical identification skills. Birds high on perch above the canopy can be clearly observed while locked in the scope.



New Canopy Wildlife Observation Tower

Bocas Canopy Tower

Our canopy wildlife observation tower is complete and in service.  We built the tower to fulfill the needs of our birding and wildlife enthusiasts who desired access to the most exciting and vibrant part of the forest, the canopy.  It is here where birds openly feed on fruits and seeds, monkeys forage in treetops, iguanas seek energy from the sun, sloths laze within the trees, and constrictors search for their next meal.  The biodiversity at Tranquilo Bay is incredible, but there is only so much that can be seen from the ground.  The tower gives you a vantage point of the canopy that is just not possible from below.  There is a completely different world once one emerges from the canopy with so much to explore, we hope guests will enjoy the view.

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