Featured Feathers of Saladero

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Black-throated Trog

I recently got in a brand new camera (Canon Powershot SX 720 HS) which I’ve been putting to good use as it allows me to finally get some descent shots of the plethora of birdlife that abounds here at Saladero Ecolodge.

The Black-throated Trogon is one of four species of trogon we have here on the property (Gartered, Slaty-tailed and Baird’s are all fairly common around the perimeter of the garden along the edge of our primary rainforest. This dapper gent gave our guests a great view during a rainforest tour and seemed perfectly fine to pose for a photo, seeing as how he likely is well aware of how stunning he is.



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Green Kingfisher


This Green Kingfisher is often perched in our small mangrove forest here on the property. It hunts for it’s meals among the Tea Mangroves, which are an important food source for the critically-endangered Mangrove Hummingbird. I took this photo from my “Birding Hammock” yea, I know–rough life! But I’m actually hoping to get a shot of the hummingbird from that comfy position as we’ve seen buzzing around here lately and perhaps some good audio as even Cornell Lab of Ornithology doesn’t have . Not an easy feat..


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Gray-capped Flycatcher


This is one of a pair of Gray-capped Flycatchers that are nesting beside the workshop near my tent cabin. Also nesting near my cabin are a pair of Scarlet Macaws, one of which I can always recognize by a clipped secondary feather on the right wing and a bent tail.

I watched this pair over the course of some weeks searching for a cavity to nest in here in my corner of the garden. Macaws rely on previously formed holes in dead or dying trees and this pair (or another?) suffered a lost nest a couple years ago when their nest tree fell down. I’ve watched them as they searched in earnest for a new cavity, laughing as one stands above a prospective hole watching carefully while the other attempts relentlessly to shove itself in from every angle (including upside down) despite the fact that there’s hardly enough room inside for even a bird a fraction of its size!


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Scarlet Macaw, Yellow-Billed Cotinga, Roadside Hawk


Our Glorious Yellow-billed Cotingas have been feeding in the fruiting wild nutmeg trees around the perimeter of the garden lately, I’ve been keeping an eye on them after having first spotted them about three weeks ago or so. They move in quiet groups high at the tops of the trees and it’s been a thrill to have them here, this being the second year they’ve ever been spotted here at Saladero.

To read more in-depth about this critically endangered bird, click here to read my recent blog post about the sighting and this important species.

Our Roadside Hawks certainly don’t have any roads nearby, being that we’re a boat-access-only ecolodge, but they don’t seem to mind! This is one of a pair likes to hang around the middle of the garden searching for lizards, snakes and crabs.


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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird


This is a little Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, named Rufito, who is ALWAYS in our little butterfly/hummingbird garden out front of the Beach House. You’re pretty well guaranteed a great view of this beautiful little gem if you sit out on the patio outside the dining room for a spell.


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Streaked Flycatcher


This Streaked Flycatcher was another Birding Hammock capture, overlooking the small mangrove forest near my cabin. This lovely bird was in the midst of a refreshing bath, plunging into the water below and preening and shaking vigorously on the branch above. When the tide is low, the water is more fresh than saltwater thanks to a small stream that passes through on it’s way to the Golfo Dulce.

For more photos, visit my Facebook page album, Birds of Saladero and if you’re interested to keep track of what I’m seeing out here, I do post regularly to my eBird account, as I’m hoping to make this place an eBird birding hotspot!

About Stacey M. Hollis

Tropical guide and naturalist at Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge on Isla Bastimentos set within Panama's Caribbean Bocas del Toro archipelago. My aim is to share my passion for birds and the awesome biodiversity of the tropics while spreading the word about the importance of environmental conservation.
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2 Responses to Featured Feathers of Saladero

  1. I loved getting a insider’s view to some of these birds I never get to see in my area!


  2. Mitch says:

    Loved the post with so much interesting
    info on so many of your feathered
    residents. Thanks😃


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