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Bird Thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon

Canyon Wren captured with a Leica V-LUX (type 114) camera

Yesterday Athena and I had the opportunity to observe and compare Canyon Wrens & Rock Wrens. They are so awesome!

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Canopy Tower – Pure Panama Magic

Panama's Canopy Tower

Day one of the amazingly well-received Leica / Eagle Optics tour to Panama’s Canopy Tower. Athena makes 12 new friends and enjoys many new wildlife species along the way.

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Day 2 – in the Darién

"Sister" species

Review of our experience waking up in the Darién on day two of my Canopy Camp adventure!

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more from day 1 – Canopy Camp, Darién province, Panama

Chestnut-backed Antbird

and now for the afternoon & evening’s adventures…

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Day in the Darién

beautifully landscaped grounds

The wild and wonderful Darién Province in Panama is notoriously difficult to navigate, but it hosts many specialty bird species so is an area many birders want to get to. Happily, the Canopy Family has now answered the call with their newest property, Canopy Camp offering an easy solution to visiting here. Athena & I made a brief visit and loved it. We’re now pining to get back for more.

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Panama – Canopy Tower & the Canal Zone day 1

Streaked Flycatcher digiscoped through Leica APO Televid spotting scope

Athena’s first 1/2 day in the tropics yielded many new bird and wildlife species, to include some rare treats!

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Athena’s View of Panama

Athena makes her way to the Darien

As with any 7×42 Ultravid Athena’s wider view allows her to see more globally as she soaks up a fantastic adventure in Panama!

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Athena Update – field report from AZ

Rufous-winged Sparrow

At the time of this writing, Athena had cracked 500 species seen in the US and counting. The total as of Friday night was 509 with 2 days to go! In all 32 species have been added thus far in the great state of Arizona as part of the Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival sponsored [...]

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They’re not all Gems!… the answers!

Black Oystercatcher on the rocks

The answers of the first Photo Flub Bird ID Challenge should shed some light on the subject and hopefully focus on the finer points of ID. The explanations are meant to aid in ID.

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Athena update July 6, 2014

Atlantic Puffin in Maine

As of July 6th, 2014 Athena had added stops to pick Bicknell’s Thrush in New Hampshire, swung through Maine to see Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Arctic & Roseate Terns. Then headed south to add Mississippi Kites in Mississippi (appropriately enough)! All of these birds were seen with the great assistance of Leica Birding Team member, [...]

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Athena on the Central Gulf Coast of Texas

Least Grebe - Corpus Christi, TX

Athena has been a busy binocular, bouncing all over the country through spring migration. From San Diego, CA to the Rio Grande Valley, TX to Florida to Colorado (for spring chickens) to Arcata, CA to Corpus Christi, TX to the Shores of Lake Erie in Ohio and Wisconsin and Georgia… One of these trips was to [...]

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Slowing Down. Gerri and I joining the hundreds of other migrants – avian and human – at Magee Marsh.

What is Neil Hayward up to since his Accidental Big Year? Well, we caught up with him at The Biggest Week in American Birding in Ohio last month and he’s still out there beating the bushes and finding great birds, albeit without the rabid intensity of a year-long birding competition. Neil took Athena for a spin around Magee Marsh to help capture a few more birds for her life list. Read on for his full account!

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Latest from the Field with Athena

Athena dropped down to Florida where she added the reclusive Mangrove Cuckoo to her big year list, plus saw other Florida specialties including Purple Gallinule, Gray Kingbird, & Magnificent Frigatebirds to name a few! This brings the annual list of 442 species for the year. In 2013 “Travis” has tallied 354 at this same time [...]

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Quick update from the Field

male Blackburnian Warbler - a site to behold!

Dubbed “The Warbler Capital of North America” for good reason! Athena the Wandering Ultravid – a gorgeous 7×42 glass on a mission – is rocking the Biggest Week in American Birding festival. Racking up many new birds & making new friends. The list of birds enjoyed through this beautiful glass is rapidly approaching 425 species [...]

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Godwit Days pelagic with Athena the Wandering Ultravid

Black-footed Albatross. One of the 15 we say today = Athena lifer!

The North Coast of California is a special place full of special people with local birding that ranges from good to epic. The Godwit Days bird festival in Arcata California exemplifies the North Coast vibe, and of the birding tribe, Rob Fowler (owner and operator of Fowlerope Birding Tours – is the finest of specimens. Join Rob has he takes Athena on her first pelagic birding adventure offshore of Humboldt Bay, California in this dispatch from the field.

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