Morning Birding Session

Birdwatching Panama

A few weeks ago I went for a short morning walk around Tranquilo Bay’s gardens, to check on some of the plants I had planted recently.  In the end, I had one of the most amazing birding days I have experienced on site. I had the good fortune to be outside when things started to get active.  So I had two wonderful hours of great bird watching.

Panama Birding

Some of the highlights were two Broad-winged Hawks, a young one attacking an adult one, in front of my eyes, three young Three-wattle Bellbirds, practicing their calls, and a Stub-tailed Spadebill, playing with me while I tried to capture its picture.   On the trail during my wonderful walk, I spotted a Green Iguana, climbing to the canopy of the forest, just to make my morning even better.

Wildlife Panama

Here is the list of what I saw and heard (H):

Magnificent Frigatebird
Cattle Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Double-toothed Kite
Gray-necked Wood-rail H
White-throated Crake H
Short-billed Pigeon
Pale-vented Pigeon
Red-lored Parrot
Blue-headed Parrot
Stripe-throated hermit
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Woodnymph
Band-tailed Barbthroat
Blue-chested Hummingbird
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Lineated Wookpecker
Western Slaty-Antshrike
Chestnut-backed Antbird
Dot-winged Antwren
White-flanked Antwren
Great Kiskadee
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Dusky-caped Flycatcher
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Stub-tailed Spadebill
Three-wattled Bellbird
Red-capped Manakin
Golden-collared Manakin
Masked Tityra
Lesser Greenlet
Barn Swallow
Bay Wren H
House Wren
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Long-billed Gnatwren H
Gray Catbird H
Northern Waterthrush
Yellow Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Bananaquit
Blue-gray Tanager
Tawny-crested Tanager
Passerini´s Tanager
Green Honeycreeper
Plain-colored Tanager
Buff-throated Saltator
Variable Seedeater
Summer Tanager
Red-throated Ant Tanager
Blue-black Grosbeak
Montezuma Oropendola
White-vented Euphonia

Green Iguana One

Green Iguana Mating Pair

Mating pair of Green Iguanas found off the porch of our main building.  Ramon captured this photo last week.

The Green Iguana or Common Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. A herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to movement and body temperature regulation as a result of its diet. It generally grows to almost five feet in length from head to tail with body weight upward of 20 pounds.

Green Iguanas are daytime animals that live in the trees and are often found near water. Ours are agile climbers, as we are observing them on the branches of trees for the most part. An Iguana iguana can fall up to 50 feet and land unhurt by using its hind leg claws to clasp leaves and branches to break a fall.

Despite their name, Green Iguanas can come in different colors. In Costa Rica they tend to have red coloring, in Mexico it is an orange coloring. Here in Bocas del Toro, the coloration is normally green with orange coloration coming out during mating season. Mating season in Bocas del Toro hits around the end of March or the beginning of April and lasts for about a month.

Iguana iguana have a row of spines along their backs and along their tails which helps to protect them from predators. Their whip-like tails may be used to deliver painful strikes and like many other lizards, when grabbed by the tail, the iguana can allow it to break, so it can escape and eventually regenerate a new one. In addition, iguanas have well-developed dewlaps which helps regulate their body temperature. This dewlap is used in courtship and territorial displays.

Green Iguanas have very sharp teeth that are capable of shredding leaves and even human skin. These teeth are shaped like a leaf, broad and flat, with serrations on the edge. The teeth are situated on the inner sides of the jawbones which is why they are hard to see in smaller specimens.