Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pipeline Road"eo"

This week I'm staying at Canopy Tower in Panama. Here are some of my favorite animals that I saw and photographed on Pipeline Road (an excellent birding spot near Canopy Tower)! This was on a field trip led by Carlos Bethancourt.

These are "Western Night-Monkeys". They are a semi rare animal that lives in Panama. This family of four, was photographed through a spotting scope. The small one at top right is obviously young - or really small for his age :P

This is a male Red-capped Manakin. These birds are very special. They perform an elaborate display of bouncing around on a branch. Sometimes even backwards! The reason he displays is to attract a mate. Sadly I didn't get to see him display, but I still got a spectacular look at this magnificent bird! :)

Further down the road, our "guia" heard this Pheasant Cuckoo. It didn't take long for "guia supremo" Carlos to find this bird. Within seconds we all had binoculars and spotting scopes on the bird. This bird is extremely hard to see, so we were very lucky. ;)
All of these photos were taken on Pipeline Road by digiscope today 6 July 2010!


  1. You are making my Jeff jealous with your cool photos! Nice very nice...wish I was there too!

  2. Amazingly cool pics Austin! I am very impressed to see such rare wildlife and gain a little insight into their world. Keep blogging and I will check in again soon!

    Mary Sullivan

  3. Austin-
    I loved reading about your adventures. The photos were so clear and your comments gave me a clear understanding of the unusual animals pictured. Keep up the posts! Ms. Johnston

  4. These are such good pictures Austin, and some very intriguing stories. Wish I was right there with you to see it all. I heard about the 'life bird' that Carlos saw (very cool). I can't wait to see you when you come home and hear all the rest of the stories from the trip. I miss you and love you.
    --Your Eryne
    P.S. The monkeys are my favorite hehe

  5. Way to go Austin!!! You amaze me more and more every day! I´m so proud of you!!! love, Alexis

  6. Hi Austin! I hope you are having fun on your adventure. I hope to visit Panama too someday. Keep up the blogging. Check in with you later. Kim

  7. Nice work boy'o! Your writing is awesome too! I miss you, but am so glad to hear about all your great adventures! Kiss daddy for me.

    xoxo Mom

  8. You must be having an amazing time, AJ. When I was at Pipeline a few weeks ago, those monkeys would barely look out of the tree. Thanks to your post, I finally know what they look like!

  9. Thanks every body I look forward to finish my next article tonigh having so much fun its hard to get on~

  10. Austin,

    Great pics! Looks like you are having fun. I am so jealous! Have a safe trip home and we'll see you soon.

    -The Greenwoods

  11. Wow..what awesome pictures... you are fantastic with a camera!! I can't wait to see more!!

    ~Vicki Antrim

  12. How did you get those night monkeys to pose so nicely for your picture, Dr. Doolittle?