Black-backed Antshrike - Thamnophilus melanonotus
Black-backed Antshrike
Thamnophilus melanonotus
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia
Male; this bird unexpectedly started opening and closing his wings, just for a couple of seconds, but luckily I had been following it with the camera and got a shot. I had used a bit of playback to call it in, and I think this may have been an aggressive response to that. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera and a Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS II lens with a 1.4x teleconverter, handheld, on 17 February 2017.You can find previous featured photos here.

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9 March: A short trip to Northern Colombia got me a few decent shots, including a lucky photo of a Black-backed Antshrike (now the "featured photo" above). I've added a few more below, all of them improvements on images I had gotten on previous trips: Golden-winged Sparrow, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, and Green-rumped Parrotlet. I leave in a couple of days for a very long trip to Mexico. The last time I went to Mexico I had only just gotten a decent DSLR - this time around I have much better gear, so hope to get some better material. 

Strong-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
A very approachable Strong-billed Woodcreeper from El Dorado Lodge in Northern Colombia

Golden-winged Sparrow - Arremon schlegeli
Golden-winged Sparrow scavenging some seeds beneath a feeder in Minca, Colombia

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus fuscater
This Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush was near the woodcreeper - both were feeding on recently-hatched insects that were in and near the trail

Green-rumped Parrotlet - Forpus passerinus
A tiny Green-rumped Parrotlet hanging in a fruiting tree near the Caribbean coast in Northwest Colombia

9 February: I've finally been able to do a reasonably big update, adding a bunch of species from my Ecuador trip late last year, and changing the "featured" photo to a Helmeted Woodpecker from a Southeast Brazil trip in October. For a first time in a while, I've been able to add another antpitta species (29 now) to antpitta.com, a Plain-backed Antpitta from eastern Ecuador. It's not the prettiest antpitta out there, but still neat (as are all antpittas!). I highlighted a few other shots below: Masked Mountain-Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, and Dusky Piha. Some other bew shots are Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Uniform Treehunter, Lita Woodpecker (crappy shot but documents a nest), Lawrence's Thrush, and Yellow-browed Sparrow. I've also added two external galleries on Flickr, one for a trip to Yellowstone in October and another for Myanmar in January. Tomorrow I head off for a short tour to Colombia.

Plain-backed Antpitta - Grallaria haplonota
A Plain-backed Antpitta at a worm feeder at WildSumaco Lodge in Ecuador

Masked Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis wetmorei
A Masked Mountain-Tanager at the edge of the páramo at 3700 m (12,100 ft) near Papallacta in Ecuador

Black-winged Saltator - Saltator atripennis
Black-winged Saltator coming to a banana feeder in Northwest Ecuador

Dusky Piha - Lipaugus fuscocinereus
We were lucky to get eye level shots of a Dusky Piha along the Guacamayos Ridge Trail in Ecuador

31 December
: I have been neglecting antpitta.com lately, unfortunately, due in part to a busy schedule that has taken me to Brazil and Ecuador over the last several months, among other places. Later today I leave for another trip to Southeast Asia, so I wanted to find time for one last update for 2016. I just changed the "featured photo" to Rufous-crowned Antpitta, which has become a lot more approachable at Mashpi Shungo since my first visit. I've also picked a few of my favorite shots from the Brazil and Ecuador trips to upload: White-eared Puffbird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, and Green (Inca) Jay. Happy New Year everyone!

White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru
White-eared Puffbird waiting to take food to an active nest

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow - Pyroderus scutatus
Female Red-ruffed Fruitcrow at Intervales State Park in Brazil

Dark-backed Wood-Quail - Odontophorus melanonotus
Dark-backed Wood-Quail at Angel Paz's refuge in Ecuador

Green Jay - Cyanocorax yncas
Green (Inca) Jay at eating insects near a light at San Isidro in Ecuador
1 September: I have reorganized the antbird galleries and improved a lot of the photos, making them brighter and sharper. I also added a few additional shots of certain species, such as Chestnut-backed Antbird and Ocellated Antbird. Antbirds are often photographed in extreme low light conditions, and it is tricky to process them to make them look bright and natural, but not too noisy. One of these days I may make a blog about how I do this. For example, the Chestnut-backed Antbird was shot at an extreme ISO (12800) yet still came out quite nice. The Ocellated Antbird was shot at 6400 ISO.

Chestnut-backed Antbird - Poliocrania exsul
Chestnut-backed Antbird - now a new monotypic genus: Poliocrania

Ocellated Antbird - Phaenostictus mcleannani
An Ocellated Antbird attending an antswarm in Panama

19 August
: I've been improving some of the Neotropical galleries, such as woodpeckers and parrots, by reprocessing old photos and even uploading some new ones, like this Magellanic Woodpecker. I've also added various non-neotropical photos to my Flickr account.

Magellanic Woodpecker - Campephilus magellanicus
A Magellanic Woodpecker feeds recently fledged young in Tierra del Fuego.

1 August
: While guiding my last tour I visited a lodge in Southeast Brazil called Itororó Lodge. It's near Nova Friburgo in the state of Rio. It's not really a "new" lodge, but the owners partnered with with Andy Foster, who formerly operated Serra dos Tucanos Lodge, and he's helped turn in it into a very nice birding and bird photography lodge. The feeders are absolutely superb with the likes of Magpie Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager,
Golden-chevroned Tanager, and Maroon-bellied Parakeet regularly coming in - all these photos are from their feeders.

Magpie Tanager - Cissopis leverianus
Magpie Tanager

Brassy-breasted Tanager - Tangara desmaresti
Brassy-breasted Tanager

Golden-chevroned Tanager - Thraupis ornata
Golden-chevroned Tanager

Maroon-bellied Parakeet - Pyrrhura frontalis
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
 26 July: Here's a Planalto Slaty-Antshrike from one of my recent Brazil tours. It has a large range stretching from northeastern to south-central Brazil.

Planalto Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus pelzelni
Planalto Slaty-Antshrike

Birds of Western Ecuador23 June: Birds of Western Ecuador has been released! I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's been a long road, and I'd like to thank everyone who helped make it a reality. If you contributed photos and are still awaiting payment and/or complimentary copies, please send me an email and I will pass it on to them.

The book is widely available from most online retailers including Amazon, Buteo Books, NHBS, Andrew Isles, etc. I hope for it to be available within Ecuador at some point, but that may take some time.

I'm leaving today for a couple of Brazil tours, so hopefully will have some new shots to share when I return in a few weeks.

7 June
: I have a nice shot of White-tipped Sicklebill from almost three years ago that somehow slipped through the cracks and never got uploaded. I just added it as the headline shot, which was due to be changed anyway.

23 May
: I haven't had a chance to work on the website lately, but today I added a couple of shots from western Ecuador, Streak-headed Woodcreeper and Fasciated Wren.

Streak-headed Woodcreeper - Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Fasciated Wren - Campylorhynchus fasciatus
Fasciated Wrens

31 March
: This morning I'm adding the rest of my photos from Colombia in February and March. Some of my favorites come from the deserts of the far North on the Guajira Peninsula: White-whiskered Spinetail, Vermilion Cardinal, White-tailed Hawk, and 
Orinocan Saltator. A few new species find their way onto the website: Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Coppery Emerald, White-bibbed Manakin, Scaly-naped Parrot, and White-lored Warbler, and I've replaced older shots or added additional shots for Pale-bellied Hermit, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Saffron Finch, Bicolored Wren, Golden-winged Sparrow, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Masked Trogon, White-tipped Dove, White-tipped Quetzal, Whooping Motmot, and American Coot.

White-whiskered Spinetail - Synallaxis candei
White-whiskered Spinetail, one of the nicest-looking of all the spinetails

Vermilion Cardinal - Cardinalis phoeniceus
Vermilion Cardinal is definitely one of the most striking species found in the deserts of northern Colombia and Venezuela

White-tailed Hawk - Geranoaetus albicaudatus
A White-tailed Hawk soars over the desert at Los Flamencos in Colombia

28 March: New shots from Colombia: Sooty Ant-Tanager, Crowned Woodnymph, and Lance-tailed Manakin.

Sooty Ant-Tanager - Habia gutturalis
Sooty Ant-Tanager is a neat-looking Colombian endemic

Crowned Woodnymph - Thalurania colombica
A male Crowned Woodnymph glows in the late afternoon light at El Dorado Lodge in Colombia

Lance-tailed Manakin - Chiroxiphia lanceolata
Lance-tailed Manakin from Tayrona National Park in northern Colombia

24 March: A few more from Colombia today, including this Spot-flanked Gallinule. I've added some new hummers as well: Glowing Puffleg and Coppery-bellied Puffleg.

Spot-flanked Gallinule - Porphyriops melanops
Spot-flanked Gallinule at La Florida near the Bogotá airport

22 March
: Starfrontlets are the theme for today, as I upload the remaining two species of the genus Coeligena that I hadn't previoiusly photographed, 
Blue-throated Starfrontlet and Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (female below, male here). I also added a better shot of the superb White-tailed Starfrontlet.

White-tailed Starfrontlet - Coeligena phalerata
White-tailed Starfrontlet from the Santa Marta mountains in Colombia

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet - Coeligena bonapartei
A female Golden-bellied Starfrontlet that was coming to feeders at Parque Chicaque near Bogotá

12 March
: I'm back from a great trip to Colombia, and added my favorite shot, Turquoise Dacnis, as the headline photo. More soon!

9 February
: Today I added some shots from a recent Ecuador photo tour I guided, mostly from the Amagusa Reserve and Paz de las Aves Refuge. Amagusa is good for tanagers and hummers, like Flame-faced Tanager (featured above), Moss-backed Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Velvet-purple Coronet, and
Rufous-throated Tanager. Angel Paz's place was, as usual, great for antpittas (five including the tiny Ochre-breasted and hulking Giant) but for me the Rufous-breasted Antthrush stole the show, with one that was gathering all the worms it could manage to stuff in its mouth, presumably for unseen nestlings.

I also made improvements to the tanager galleries, reprocessing a bunch of photos and rediscovering a few I forgot I had.

Moss-backed Tanager - Bangsia edwardsi
Amagusa is the only place I know where Moss-backed Tanagers come to feeders

Glistening-green Tanager - Chlorochrysa phoenicotis
The same is true for Glistening-green Tanager!

Velvet-purple Coronet - Boissonneaua jardini
Velver-purple Coronet, also from Amagusa, where it was the most common hummer on a recent visit

Rufous-breasted Antthrush - Formicarius rufipectus
Rufous-breasted Antthrush showed well ad Paz de las Aves - this bird appeared to be collecting food, and must have had a nest nearby

26 January: Multi-flash photography is a very popular activity for many bird photographers, especially for hummingbirds. It's something I only do occasionally since I prefer to get out into the field and shoot with natural light. However, I need to know the ins and outs of it for the groups that I guide that want to spend time with it. Last weekend I spent a few hours to get familiar with some new gear, and this Fawn-breasted Brilliant was my favorite. I also finished uploading some shots from by Brazil trip late last year, and a few shots from Ecuador in December: Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Black-crested Warbler, Bare-necked FruitcrowChapada Flycatcher, Spix's Guan, Elegant Woodcreeper, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, and Ladder-tailed Nightjar.

Fawn-breasted Brilliant - Heliodoxa rubinoides
Fawn-breasted Brilliant at Tandayapa in Ecuador

Rufous-tailed Flatbill - Ramphotrigon ruficauda
Rufous-tailed Flatbill from the Brazilian Amazon.

Rusty Flowerpiercer - Diglossa sittoides
A male Rusty Flowerpiercer about to have a feast.

17 January: It's been nearly a year since I went on a cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Today I have finally finished uploading the photos from what is generally considered to be part of the South American region, which includes shots form between mainland South America and the Falklands, the Falklands themselves, and from within 200 nautical miles east of the Falklands. I've finally got better pelagic shots in the galleries as well as more penguins! I'll create separate external galleries for the photos from South Georgia and Antarctica. New species for the website include Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Black-browed Albatross, Wandering AlbatrossRoyal Albatross, South Polar Skua, Falkland Steamer-Duck, Striated Caracara, Northern Giant-Petrel, Great Shearwater, Slender-billed Prion, Sooty Shearwater, Soft-plumaged Petrel, and Gray Petrel.

Southern Rockhopper Penguin - Eudyptes chrysocome
Southern Rockhopper Penguins at a colony on West Point Island in the Falklands

Black-browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophris
Black-browed Albatrosses nested alongside the Rockhoppers on West Point Island.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans
This immature Wandering Albatross followed the ship for a long time

14 January: I've added a new external gallery for my Madagascar trip in November. I've uploaded all the birds (82 shots) already, but still still need to work on the mammals, chameleons, etc.

25 December
: Happy holidays! today I uploaded a festively-colored Crimson Topaz along with some cool shots of Pied Puffbird and Agami Heron, all shown below. Others include 
Bare-faced Curassow and White-crested Spadebill. These were from a recent tour to Amazonian Brazil.

Crimson Topaz - Topaza pella
A male Crimson Topaz from Rio Azul Jungle Lodge in Brazil.

Pied Puffbird - Notharchus tectus
This Pied Puffbird was near a nest, so it was perched unusually low. From Jardim da Amazônia Lodge in Brazil.

Agami Heron - Agamia agami
It's rare to see Agami Herons foraging out in the open like this. From Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil.

13 December
: I updated the featured photo to a pair of Sunbitterns seen at Rio Azul Lodge in Brazil on my last tour. It seemed appropriate to also upload a Sungrebe as well.

Sungrebe - Heliornis fulica
A male Sungrebe in the Pantanal.

20 November
: I've added an external gallery for my photos from Kruger National Park in South Africa.

23 October
: I'm about to leave for trips to South Africa and Madagascar. I haven't uploaded very much lately, but did a few shots from the Falklands and nearby offshore waters. A few shots are below, but there are more to come.

Cobb's Wren - Troglodytes cobbi
Cobb's Wren, endemic to the Falklands.

Royal Albatross - Diomedea epomophora
Royal Albatross between mainland South America and the Falklands

Slender-billed Prion - Pachyptila belcheri
Slender-billed Prion, just west of the Falklands

11 October: I had a nice trip to Northern Peru, though with a big group I didn't have too many opportunities for photos. Here are some of my favorites, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, White-winged Guan, and Speckle-chested Piculet.  I got a better shot of Long-whiskered Owlet, but the silly bird refused to look at the camera, so it is still not great. The local guide (rightly) only allows a short time to photograph the bird so as not to harrass it too much. I also got some decent shots of Black-throated Hermit and Ecuadorian Piculet.

Cinnamon Screech-Owl - Megascops petersoni
Cinnamon Screech-Owl

White-winged Guan - Penelope albipennis
White-winged Guan

Speckle-chested Piculet - Picumnus steindachneri
Speckle-chested Piculet

19 September: Very busy lately, but I found time to add some shots from my last Brazil trip, like Brown-banded Puffbird (featured photo), Collared Plover, Greater Rhea, and Blue-and-yellow Macaw. I'm leaving for Peru tomorrow. More when I get back.

Collared Plover - Charadrius collaris
Collared Plover in the Brazilian Pantanal

Greater Rhea - Rhea americana
Greater Rhea at Pousada Piuval in the Pantanal

Blue-and-yellow Macaw - Ara ararauna
Blue-and-yellow Macaws from the original canopy tower at Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Birds of Western Ecuador4 September
: Birds of Western Ecuador is the hands of the editors now, and will be going into final design and production pretty soon. Hopefully it will be on the shelves sometime between March and July of 2016. It has been a far larger project than I ever imagined considering the relatively tiny area covered. However, it is such a species-rich region that the guide has full species accounts for almost 950 birds along with over 1450 photos. It is a true field guide, and includes full-color range maps. If it is well received, I'll consider doing another volume that covers the East, or even one for the whole country.

On a totally different subject, I finally finished going through all my Australia photos from July and August, and uploaded the best and most interesting ones to this Flickr album. Hopefully in the next few weeks and I can add a few Neotropical photos to the main website.

23 August
: I've been mainly working on my Australia photos, but today I am adding two more shots from Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil, White-banded Swallow and Channel-billed Toucan. I am testing out Flickr for my Australia photos, and have uploaded over 60 of them to this gallery. I have many more shots to process still. Flickr has some neat features like geotagging, and the upload process is very easy, so I am considering using it at least for my non-neotropical photos. That would allow antpitta.com to remain focused on the Neotropics, which of is my area of expertise.

White-banded Swallow - Atticora fasciata
White-banded Swallows perched on a treefall in the Cristalino River

Channel-billed Toucan - Ramphastos vitellinus
Channel-billed Toucan seen from one of the canopy towers at Cristalino

15 August: After too long of an absence, I finally have a chance to add some more photos. After guiding a tour in the Pantanal and Amazon of Brazil, I spent three weeks in Queensland, Australia. It had been over nice years since I had a chance to visit Down Under, and it was great to revisit this very unique land. I'll post those photos eventually, but I still haven't caught up with this year's backlog. My favorite bird from the Brazil trip was Bare-eyed Antbird, so I've added it as the "featured photo".  Perhaps it's not a "good" as some of my other shots, but few decent photos exist of this localized species. I also added a nice photo of Olive Oropendola from Cristalino.

Olive Oropendola - Psarocolius bifasciatus
Olive Oropendola, also known as Amazonian Oropendola. I photographed it from one of the canopy towers at Cristalino

14 June
: A bunch more new shots today from Sani Lodge in Ecuador, including Crested Owl, Black-capped Donacobius, and Gilded Barbet. See the recently-added photos for links to the rest.

Crested Owl - Lophostrix cristata
Crested Owl at a stakeout near the Sani Isla community

Black-capped Donacobius - Donacobius atricapilla
Black-capped Donacobius from the oxbow lake at Sani

Gilded Barbet - Capito auratus
One of several Gilded Barbets we saw from the Sani canopy tower

12 June: This morning I uploaded my last shots from Tierra del Fuego in January, including Black-faced Ibis, Austral Pygmy-Owl, Magellanic Cormorant, Austral Negrito, Black-chinned Siskin, Chilean Skua, South American Tern, Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Imperial Cormorant.

Black-faced Ibis - Theristicus melanopis
Black-faced Ibis resting near Lake Fagnano in Tierra del Fuego

Austral Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium nana
A fierce-looking Austral Pygmy-Owl in Tierra del Fuego National Park

Magellanic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax magellanicus
Magellanic Cormorant, also known as Rock Shag, at a nesting colony in the Beagle Channel

9 June: I'm adding a couple nice shots today from Tierra del Fuego back in January. The Buff-winged Cinclodes obviously had a nest nearby. I liked the interesting background of the Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant. Other additions are Correndera Pipit, Austral Blackbird, White-throated Caracara, and Dolphin Gull.

Buff-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes fuscus
Buff-winged Cinclodes

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant - Muscisaxicola maclovianus
Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant

7 June: The old Canon 100-400mm zoom lens was my first lens when I got into serious DSLR bird photography back in 2008. It was a lightweight and versatile lens but also had some serious problems with build quality, sharpness, and autofocus speed. I eventually invested in the 300mm f/2.8, which has been my main lens for four years now, but I did get many nice shots with the old 100-400. Well, Canon has now released a new version of this lens, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, and not only is it a vast improvement over the original, it may be the best telephoto zoom I have ever seen. It is not going to replace my 300 2.8 that I love so much, especially in the rainforest where you need something that gulps in the light, but I will use it in other situations. Here's a sample photo (Green-backed Trogon from Sani Lodge) with a 100% crop of the head below:

Green-backed Trogon - Trogon viridis

Shot handheld with a 5D Mark III, 1/320, f/8, ISO1600, no flash, slight noise reduction in raw conversion;
moderate sharpening was applied to the 100% crop below, but not to the resized image above

Green-backed Trogon - Trogon viridis

Sharpness is good and colors are vivid. What's amazing is that I shot it with a 1.4x teleconverter, and even at f/8, the autofocus was very quick (note that only newer cameras will do this, and you may need a firmware update; you also cannot move the focus zone out of the center - this wasn't a big issue for me). As a (relatively) light 560mm lens with decent autofocus and good image quality, that's pretty darn good, especially when you don't want to lug around something larger and heavier. I imagine I will use it a lot when guiding birding tours, when the bulk and weight of the 300 can be a pain, especially when I have to carry a scope as well. It's also a zoom, which is very handy when you also want to shoot mammals or larger birds. Close focus is exceptional, slightly less than a meter, meaning that it also useful as a macro lens. The focus switch can be set to either 3 m-infinity or to full. This is really helpful. Unless shooting macro, I leave it set to 3 m-infinity. Only rarely do I shoot a bird that is closer than 3 m, and resticting the focus range makes the lens autofocus much more quickly. It also has the latest generation of image stabilization. Below are a couple more shots taken with this lens from the Sani Lodge canopy tower.

Many-banded Aracari - Pteroglossus pluricinctus
Many-banded Aracari

Yellow-billed Nunbird - Monasa flavirostris
Yellow-billed Nunbird

3 June: I finally got the chance to visit Sani Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I went down with some of my colleagues at Tropical Birding to check out the potential to run photography tours there, and we were suitably impressed. The Amazon rainforest has justly earned a reputation for being very difficult for photography. Poor light, high canopy, shy birds, and frequent rain are just some of the features that conspire against the serious photographer. Sani Lodge already has a number of things going for it that make it a great option for those willing to take on this challenge, and they are actively working to make it an even more attractrive option for photographers. The lodge is located on beautiful oxbow lake that offers some pretty easy photography nearby, either from a canoe, a floating "catamaran" platform, or even just from the lodge area itself, like the Masked Crimson Tanager below shows. The staff are starting to put out feeders, and with luck they will bring in some great birds like tanagers, jays, and barbets. There canopy tower is the best I've seen for photographers - the steps are wide and sturdy, and the platform is amazingly large, making it easy to set up a tripod or just move around to get a better angle, like with the Black-tailed Tityra. The guides there are already working on forest feeders - while light can be a serious issue, with a big lens and a full frame camera you now have a chance to get shots of things like this White-lored Antpitta that were unheard of before. While the blind needs work to give a cleaner background, we were the first photographers to shoot the bird here, and it is certainly not a bad initial attempt. Sani is also planning on installing more forest blinds to attract antbirds and other shy species, not to mention a tapir observation area; that's pretty exciting news! There are also miles of channels to canoe along, and while we were not there are the best time for this, since water levels were very high, we still had some great opportunities like the Cocha Antshrike below; it was a long-awaited lifer for me. They are also renovating the lodge over the next few months to make the rooms larger and nicer, though they certainly aren't bad at the moment. I highly recommend checking out Sani Lodge if you are looking to visit the Amazon.

White-lored Antpitta - Hylopezus fulviventris
White-lored Antpitta coming to a new worm feeder at Sani Lodge

Cocha Antshrike - Thamnophilus praecox
Cocha Antshrike (female) - Sani Lodge is one of the best places to see this Ecuador endemic

Black-tailed Tityra - Tityra cayana
This Black-tailed Tityra came in to eye-level from the canopy tower at Sani Lodge

Masked Crimson Tanager - Ramphocelus nigrogularis
Masked Crimson Tanagers were easy to photograph from the lounge at Sani Lodge

16 May: Another small update from Panama. A pair of Spot-crowned Barbets may be the most interesting shot, as it's often hard to get a decent angle at this canopy species. I also liked the White-shouldered Tanager. I was lucky to have a chance to photograph a Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon, which I have only ever seen a few times. Others include Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Squirrel Cuckoo, Western Slaty-Antshrike, Purple Gallinule, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Tawny-crested Tanager, Vaux's Swift, White-winged Becard, White-vented Plumeleteer, and Yellow-bellied Elaenia.

Spot-crowned Barbet - Capito maculicoronatus
A pair of Spot-crowned Barbets in Panama; the male is on the left and the female on the right

White-shouldered Tanager - Tachyphonus luctuosus
White-shouldered Tanager

24 April: Many more from Panama today: Black-breasted Puffbird, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Crowned Woodnymph, Keel-billed Toucan, Gray-headed Chachalaca, Bay-headed Tanager, Black-chested Jay, Collared Araracari, Crimson-backed Tanager, Long-billed Hermit, Moustached Antwren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rufous-breasted Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Whooping Motmot, Rufous Motmot, and Silver-throated Tanager among others.

Black-breasted Puffleg - Eriocnemis nigrivestis
Black-breasted Puffbird from the top of tower at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Chestnut-headed Oropendola - Psarocolius wagleri
Chestnut-headed Oropendola was visiting the feeders at Canopy Lodge in Panama

Crowned Woodnymph - Thalurania colombica
A female Crowned Woodnymph feeds on a banana flower

Keel-billed Toucan - Ramphastos sulfuratus
A colorful Keel-biilled Toucan perches in a tree above Canopy Lodge in Panama

21 April: Loads more from (mostly) Panama today; I was there for just over 2 weeks from late November to mid December. It was quite wet at times, but I still came away with a surprisingly large number of shots. It's the best place I know for photographing antbirds, and I'm spotlighting two of them here:  White-bellied Antbird and Dusky Antbird. Check the list of recent shots for everything, but some others I liked include Bicolored Antbird, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Olivaceous Flatbill, Southern Bentbill, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Plain Xenops, and Blue-chested Hummingbird. I also finally nailed a Mangrove Cuckoo, which had been a major nemesis for me, having first dipped it in March 1998!

White-bellied Antbird - Myrmeciza longipes
White-bellied Antbird singing in the the undergrowth near the Panama Canal

Dusky Antbird - Cercomacra tyrannina
Nearby was a Dusky Antbird - I finally got a decent shot after many failed attempts over the years.

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9 March: Black-backed Antshrike from Colombia.
9 March: Golden-winged Sparrow from Colombia.
9 March: Strong-billed Woodcreeper from Colombia.
9 March: Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush from Colombia.
9 March: Green-rumped Parrotlet from Colombia.
9 February: Helmeted Woodpecker from Brazil
9 February: Plain-backed Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Ochre-breasted Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Masked Mountain-Tanager from Ecuador
9 February: Black-winged Saltator from Ecuador
9 February: Dusky Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Gray-tailed Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Dark-breasted Spinetail from Ecuador
9 February: Uniform Treehunter from Ecuador
9 February: Lita Woodpecker from Ecuador
9 February: Lawrence's Thrush from Ecuador
9 February: Citron-bellied Attila from Ecuador
9 February: Yellow-browed Sparrow from Ecuador
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Yellowstone National Park
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Myanmar (Burma)
31 December: Rufous-crowned Antpitta from Ecuador.
31 December: Dark-backed Wood-Quail from Ecuador.
31 December: Green (Inca) Jay from Ecuador.
31 December: White-eared Puffbird from Brazil.
31 December: Red-ruffed Fruitcrow from Brazil.
1 September: Chestnut-backed Antbird from Ecuador.
1 September: Ocellated Antbird from Panama.
19 August: Magellanic Woodpecker from Argentina.
1 August: Magpie Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Brassy-breasted Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Golden-chevroned Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Maroon-bellied Parakeet from Brazil.
26 July: Planalto Slaty-Antshrike
from Brazil.
23 May: Streak-headed Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
23 May: Fasciated Wren from Ecuador.
31 March: White-whiskered Spinetail from Colombia.
31 March: Vermilion Cardinal from Colombia.
31 March: White-tailed Hawk from Colombia.
31 March: Indigo-capped Hummingbird from Colombia.
31 March: Coppery Emerald from Colombia.
31 March: Pale-bellied Hermit from Colombia.
31 March: Rufous-breasted Hermit from Colombia.
31 March: Saffron Finch from Colombia.
31 March: White-bibbed Manakin from Colombia.
31 March: Bicolored Wren from Colombia.
31 March: Golden-winged Sparrow from Colombia.
31 March: Golden-crowned Flycatcher from Colombia.
31 March: Masked Trogon from Colombia.
31 March: Orinocan Saltator from Colombia.
31 March: Scaly-naped Parrot from Colombia.
31 March: White-lored Warbler from Colombia.
31 March: White-tipped Dove from Colombia.
31 March: White-tipped Quetzal from Colombia.
31 March: Whooping Motmot from Colombia.
31 March: American Coot from Colombia.
28 March: Sooty Ant-Tanager from Colombia.
28 March: Crowned Woodnymph from Colombia.
28 March: Lance-tailed Manakin from Colombia.
24 March: Spot-flanked Gallinule from Colombia.
24 March: Glowing Puffleg from Colombia.
24 March: Coppery-bellied Puffleg from Colombia.
22 March
: White-tailed Starfrontlet from Colombia.
22 March: Golden-bellied Starfrontlet from Colombia.
22 March: Blue-throated Starfrontlet from Colombia.
12 March: Turquoise Dacnis from Colombia.
9 February: Flame-faced Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Moss-backed Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Glistening-green Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Rufous-breasted Antthrush from Ecuador.
9 February: Velvet-purple Coronet from Ecuador.
9 February: Rufous-throated Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Ochre-breasted Antpitta from Ecuador.
9 February: Giant Antpitta from Ecuador.
9 February: White-necked Jacobin from Ecuador.
9 February: Turquoise Jay from Ecuador.
26 January: Fawn-breasted Brilliant from Ecuador.
26 January: Black-crested Warbler from Ecuador.
26 January: Rusty Flowerpiercer from Ecuador.
26 January: Bare-necked Fruitcrow from Brazil.
26 January: Rufous-tailed Flatbill from Brazil.
26 January: Chapada Flycatcher from Brazil.
26 January: Spix's Guan from Brazil.
26 January: Elegant Woodcreeper from Brazil.
26 January: White-winged Shrike-Tanager from Brazil.
26 January: Ladder-tailed Nightjar from Brazil.
17 January
: Black-browed Albatross from the Falklands.
17 January: Wandering Albatross from east of from the Falklands.
17 January: Royal Albatross from Argentina.
17 January: Southern Rockhopper Penguin from the Falklands.
17 January: Magellanic Penguin from the Falklands.
17 January: South Polar Skua from east ofthe Falklands.
17 January: Falkland Steamer-Duck from the Falklands.
17 January: Striated Caracara from the Falklands.
17 January: Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant from the Falklands.
17 January: Northern Giant-Petrel from Argentina.
17 January: Southern Giant-Petrel from Argentina.
17 January: Great Shearwater from east of the Falklands.
17 January: Slender-billed Prion from the Falklands.
17 January: Cape Petrel from Argentina.
17 January: Sooty Shearwater from east of the Falklands.
17 January: Soft-plumaged Petrel from east of the Falklands.
17 January: Gray Petrel from east of the Falklands.
25 December: Crimson Topaz from Brazil.
25 December: Pied Puffbird from Brazil.
25 December: Agami Heron from Brazil.
25 December: Bare-faced Curassow from Brazil.
25 December: White-crested Spadebill from Brazil.
13 December
: Sunbittern from Brazil.
13 December: Sungrebe from Brazil.
23 October
: Cobb's Wren from the Falklands.
23 October: (Southern) Royal Albatross.
23 October: Slender-billed Prion from the Falklands.
11 October
: Cinnamon Sceech-Owl from Peru.
11 October: White-winged Guan from Peru.
11 October: Speckle-chested Piculet from Peru.
11 October: Ecuadorian Piculet from Peru.
11 October: Black-throated Hermit from Peru.
11 October: Long-whiskered Owlet from Peru.
19 September: Brown-banded Puffbird from Brazil.
19 September: Yellow-throated Woodpecker from Brazil.
19 September: Blue-and-yellow Macaw from Brazil.
19 September: Greater Rhea from Brazil.
19 September: Collared Plover from Brazil.
19 September: Black-capped Donacobius from Brazil.
19 September: Spot-tailed Nightjar from Brazil.
23 August: White-banded Swallow from Brazil.
23 August: Channel-billed (Yellow-ridged) Toucan from Brazil.
15 August: Bare-eyed Antbird from Brazil.
15 August: Olive Oropendola from Brazil.
14 June
: Crested Owl from Ecuador.
14 June: Black-throated Antbird from Ecuador.
14 June: Dot-backed Antbird from Ecuador.
14 June: Palm Tanager from Ecuador.
14 June: Paradise Tanager from Ecuador.
14 June: Opal-crowned Tanager from Ecuador.
14 June: White-chinned Jacamar from Ecuador.
14 June: Purple Honeycreeper from Ecuador.
14 June: Orange-crowned Manakin from Ecuador.
14 June: Pale-tailed Barbthroat from Ecuador.
14 June: Rufous-breasted Hermit from Ecuador.
14 June: White-winged Swallow from Ecuador.
14 June: Black-capped Donacobius from Ecuador.
14 June: Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
14 June: Buff-throated Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
14 June: Long-billed Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
14 June: Lemon-throated Barbet from Ecuador.
14 June: Gilded Barbet from Ecuador.
14 June: Black-tailed Trogon from Ecuador.
14 June: Greater Ani from Ecuador.
14 June: Wattled Jacana from Ecuador.
14 June: Golden-bellied Euphonia from Ecuador.
14 June: Capped Heron from Ecuador.
14 June: Rufescent Tiger-Heron from Ecuador.
14 June: Hook-billed Kite from Ecuador.
14 June: Slender-footed Tyrannulet from Ecuador.
14 June: White-fronted Nunbird from Ecuador.
12 June
: Flightless Steamer-Duck from Argentina.
12 June: Black-faced Ibis from Argentina.
12 June: Magellanic Cormorant from Argentina.
12 June: Austral Pygmy-Owl from Argentina.
12 June: Austral Negrito from Argentina.
12 June: Black-chinned Siskin from Argentina.
12 June: Chilean Skua from Argentina.
12 June: Hudsonian Godwit from Argentina.
12 June: Imperial Cormorant from Argentina.
12 June: Magellanic Oystercatcher from Argentina.
12 June: Red Knot from Argentina.
12 June: South American Tern from Argentina.
12 June: White-rumped Sandpiper from Argentina.
9 June
: Buff-winged Cinclodes from Argentina.
9 June: Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant from Argentina.
9 June: Correndera Pipit from Argentina.
9 June: Austral Blackbird from Argentina.
9 June: White-throated Caracara from Argentina.
9 June: Dolphin Gull from Argentina.
7 June
: Green-backed Trogon from Ecuador
7 June: Many-banded Aracari from Ecuador
7 June: Yellow-billed Nunbird from Ecuador
3 June
: White-lored Antpitta from Ecuador
3 June: Cocha Antshrike from Ecuador
3 June: Masked Crimson Tanager from Ecuador
3 June: Black-tailed Tityra from Ecuador
16 May
: Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher from Panama
16 May: Spot-crowned Barbet from Panama
16 May: Squirrel Cuckoo from Panama
16 May: Western Slaty-Antshrike from Panama
16 May: Purple Gallinule from Panama
16 May: Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon from Panama
16 May: Straight-billed Woodcreeper from Panama
16 May: Tawny-crested Tanager from Panama
16 May: White-shouldered Tanager from Panama
16 May: Vaux's Swift from Panama
16 May: White-winged Becard from Panama
16 May: White-vented Plumeleteer from Panama
16 May: Yellow-bellied Elaenia from Panama
24 April
: Black-breasted Puffbird from Panama
24 April: Chestnut-headed Oropendola from Panama
24 April: Crowned Woodnymph from Panama
24 April: Keel-billed Toucan  from Panama
24 April: Gray-headed Chachalaca from Panama
24 April: Bay-headed Tanager from Panama
24 April: Black-chested Jay from Panama
24 April: Collared Araracari from Panama
24 April: Common Black Hawk from Panama
24 April: Crimson-backed Tanager from Panama
24 April: Fork-tailed Flycatcher from Panama
24 April: Long-billed Hermit from Panama
24 April: Mealy Parrot from Panama
24 April: Mouse-colored Tyrannulet from Panama
24 April: Moustached Antwren from Panama
24 April: Red-crowned Ant-Tanager from Panama
24 April: Ruddy Ground-Dove from Panama
24 April: Rufous-breasted Wren from Panama
24 April: Rufous-capped Warbler from Panama
24 April: Whooping Motmot from Panama
24 April: Rufous Motmot from Panama
24 April
: Silver-throated Tanager from Panama

19 April: White-bellied Antbird from Panama
19 April: Dusky Antbird from Panama
19 April: Checker-throated Antwren from Panama
19 April: White-flanked Antwren from Panama
19 April: Dot-winged Antwren from Panama
19 April: Bicolored Antbird from Panama
19 April: Spot-winged Antbird from Ecuador
19 April: Golden-crowned Spadebill from Panama
19 April: Olivaceous Flatbill from Panama
19 April: Southern Bentbill from Panama
19 April: Rusty-margined Flycatcher from Panama
19 April: Panama Flycatcher from Panama
19 April: Mangrove Cuckoo from Panama
19 April: Plain Xenops from Panama
19 April: Blue-chested Hummingbird from Panama
19 April: Red-throated Ant-Tanager from Panama
19 April: White-whiskered Puffbird from Panama

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