I had been trying to figure out what to do for a trip this year and my mind soared off as far as Borneo. I then found out that there won't be the normal lull in the office and heading off for nearly a month would create a bit of a pinch. I had to downsize the scale of the trip, so I focused on Central America. I was thinking of going to Costa Rica as I am quite familiar with the country and the infrastructure is very good there. After watching flights for nearly two weeks, I was getting a little frustrated with a combination of the cost and fluidity of connections. I randomly decided to check Air Transat for flights and saw Vancouver has direct flights to Panama City. Intrigued by this notion, I plugged in some dates and found the price was staggeringly low, too! I rejigged my brain to start thinking about Panama and my 2006 trip came flooding back.
Here is a little sample of a select set of birds I encountered on my last trip:
|Great Jacamar: seen along Pipeline Road near Gamboa|
|White-tailed Nightjar: found on a gravel road through an agricultural area outside David|
|Southern Lapwings: found near Gamboa|
|Snowy-bellied Hummingbird: sighted along road up to Cerro Campana|
|Crested Owls: a walk down a stream along Pipeline Road revealed two of these beauties staring down at me|
Mentally replaying the adventure of 2006 has served to ignite my excitement for the next installment of Panama, which is set to take place from late February to mid-March. That's right - the flights have now been booked and Janean and I are slowly starting to plan our itinerary. Hard to believe I'll be back in the neotropics that soon!