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Panama: Darién Lowlands

We’ll start off the trip in Nusagandi looking for Sapayoa. As we drive east we’ll stop at Lake Bayano, where Cocoi Heron… …the hulking and subtly beautiful Greater Ani… …and active Lesser Kiskadees should be visible. Our base for this tour is the newly constructed Canopy Camp… …where we’ll settle into our comfortable hard-floored tents…    …each with a private deck overlooking the adjacent park. A central open-aired dining and sitting room provides a friendly atmosphere… …and the camp grounds are birch-rich with Streaked Flycatcher, …tiny Black-headed Today-Flycatchers… …Rufous-tailed Jacamars… …and Spot-crowned Barbets. Perhaps we’ll find a surprise too, like this stunning Ruby-Topaz… …or share our tent decks with some colorful companions. The camp trails hold lekking Golden-headed… …and Golden-collared Manakins… …and it’s always a good idea to watch the forest floor as well. Nearby the camp we’ll explore the lowland forests by walking along small roads… …where we’ll look for range-restricted birds like Black Antshrike… …the beautiful Black Oropendola…        …and more widespread ones like Black-tailed Trogon… …Gray-cheeked Nunlet… …and raucous Red-throated Caracaras, At Yaviza, the southern terminus of the Pan-American highway in North America… …we’ll be surrounded by tiny Embera villages…             …where we should find Barred Puffbird, …cute Spectacled Parrotlets…       …and under story birds like Rufous-winged Schiffornis. On at least one day we’ll take a picnic lunch enroute…              …to a full day in the forest, looking for Olivaceous Piculet… …the beautiful Spot-breasted Woodpecker… …woodcreepers such as this impressive Northern Barred… …striking American Pygmy Kingfishers…             …Geoffrey’s Tamarins… or perhaps even a Spectacled Caiman or two.