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Panama: Fall at the Canopy Tower

The Canopy Tower is perched atop a hill in Soberania National Park… …and offers great views of the expansive forests… …that guard the Panama Canal’s watershed. Formerly a U.S. military radar site, the Tower has been refurnished, with an expansive and excellent dining room.. …and the view from the tower’s upper deck is superlative…   …and provides views of treetop animals such as this Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth… …the wildly colored Collared Aracari… …the stately Black-breasted Puffbird… …inquisitive Geoffrey’s Tamarins… …or perhaps a bright insect or two attracted to the warmth of the tower. Using open-air vehicles we’ll explore the myriad birding locations within a few miles of the tower. Slaty-tailed Trogon is among the species that can be seen along the drive… …as is Rusty-margined Flycatcher. A trip to the famous Pipeline Road… …should reward us with a few antswarms attended by the simply stunning Ocellated Antbird… …and the vocal but shy Streak-chested Antpitta. There will as well be plenty of colorful birds like this Broad-billed Motmot… …and there always seems to be a surprise or two, like this Collared Forest Falcon. Mantled Howler Monkeys may follow us along the trail… …where we’ll pause to admire the occasional bubbling waterfall… …or perhaps some of the harder to spot denizens of the forest like this Brown Wood-Turtle… …or these young Spectacled Owls… …this Black-tailed Trogon… …or the glittering Fork-tailed Woodnymph. If we’re really lucky we might catch sight of some roosting Panama Night Monkeys. A trip to nearby Cerro Azul will provide a comfortable perch from which we hope to see… …gems such as Emerald Tanager… …and in wonderful surroundings… …perhaps encounter the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker. After our week around the tower we’ll move to El Valle… …where the comfortable and very well appointed Canopy Lodge… …and its spacious and comfortable rooms provide a very relaxing atmosphere. The lodge’s feeders support a wide array of species such as this Flame-rumped Tanager… …or this Rufous-crested Coquette. A nearby pond is often good for butterflies like this attractive metalmark… … and for many species of frogs like this Red-webbed Treefrog.    The cloudforest above the lodge abounds with orchids… …and a host of new birds, like this rare Yellow-eared Toucanet. …while the arid lowlands support their own avifauna; here a Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture. We’ll finish the tour off with a setting sun over the Panama Canal.