Forrest is truly a pleasure. His bird-finding skills, both by sight and ear, are phenomenal, but even more striking is his singular personality and people skills. Always enthusiastic. Not only would I travel with Forrest again, I preferentially would select a tour if he was guiding.
Panama Birding Tour
We begin our set of Panama birding tours in the vast rainforests of the Darien and its myriad of exciting birding opportunities. Key targets in this area include Harpy Eagle, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo, stunning Blue Cotinga, Ocellated and Wing-banded Antbird, Rosy Thrush-Tanager and the bizarre Sapayoa.
Our Best of Panama tour concentrates on three further key areas. We spend several days in the Canal Zone, allowing us an unrivalled opportunity to explore the rainforests of Soberanía National Park. These exquisite forest and wetland sites provide diverse birding, while mammal opportunities are excellent. Our next attraction is the delightful hill country of El Valle de Antón where we explore cloudforest and a new range of mouth-watering Panama birding species!
We finish off our time in Panama with an extension to the Western Highlands of Chiriqui, part of a chain of volcanic mountains straddling the Panamanian and Costa Rican border. One of the obvious targets here will be the awe-inspiring Resplendent Quetzal, along with numerous hyperactive hummers including Volcano Hummingbird, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila (Silky-flycatcher), Turquoise Cotinga, Three-wattled Bellbird, Collared Whitestart, Flame-throated Warbler, the incomparable Snowcap and White-bellied Mountaingem whilst also dedicating time to finding the recently split Chiriqui Yellowthroat.