Panama Day 5: Canopy Tower: A Visit To The Metropolitan Natural Park And Causeway In Panama City
I was up early again on Friday, my fourth morning during my stay at the Canopy Tower ecolodge in Panama. We were leaving the lodge and driving to Panama City to visit the Metropolitan Natural Park. Our breakfast was served at 6:30 a.m. but all of the guest in the lodge ( 6 of us) were on the rooftop at sunrise, around 6 a.m. We enjoyed the view, and looked for birds and other wildlife. It was cloudy so we didn’t see a sunrise but the view of the mist rising over the rainforest with the famous Panama Canal in the distance was just as breathtaking.
and a few palm tanagers.
We enjoyed another hearty breakfast and were soon on our way to the Metropolitan Natural Park located about 15 miles from the lodge in the center of Panama City. This 585 acre tropical rainforest is the largest rainforest located in a city in Central America. I was aware of this park since I was staying in a nearby hotel the following day. OI planned to explore it for a the next two days . I was glad to get an introduction to the park on this tour with our experienced guide Jorge.
We encountered some traffic in the city because of local protests but were soon at the Visitor Center of the park. We walking through some beautiful flower gardens near the entrance, displaying many exotic tropical flowers,
and enjoyed watching the many colorful butterflies they attracted. I am not positive of the identifications, I am relying on my iPhone insect App, but I think this is a tropical checkered skipper butterfly
It didn’t take long to see a wide variety wildlife, the first bird we saw was this orange chinned parakeet feeding on a termite nest.
And we continued to see some of the hundreds of species of birds that live in the park, this is a olivaceous woodcreeper ,
this a cocoa woodcreeper ,
and my favorite a yellow billed cuckoo. I have only seen a few of these beautiful birds on my hikes near my home. They are one of my favorite summer visitors from the tropics.
an Isthmian wren,
male barred antshrike.The males and femalers of this bird look different.
and female great tailed grackles . I was surprised with the numder of different species of birds we saw in this open and heavily travled area. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos of the birds I saw on our morning visit to Metropolitan Natural Park. Panama Day 5 Canopy Tower Metropolitan Natural Park birds October 20 2023.
And , of course, we saw another sloth. They are everywhere in PanamaHere is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photo from our morning visit to Metropolitan Natural Park . Panama Day 5 Canopy Tower Metropolitan Natural Park October 20 2023.
We finished are short visit to the Causeway and drove back to the Canopy Tower for lunch. It was another excing ,and educational adventure. It was a birding tour and we sure saw a lot of new and beautiful birds and learned more about this wonderful country and it’s plant and animal life.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru