Category Archives: Panama

Random Oddities from the Rainforest Planet

The word of the day: mucilage. Rolls right off the tongue. It’s a zoo out here. And a botanical garden. And a science camp, a steam bath and a cabinet of wonders all grabbled up in one writhing clump of … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- The Lady Oropendola Weaving Collective

A flock of chestnut headed oropendolas, oriole relatives common to the Canal Zone of Panama, are establishing a colony in a bare-branched tree near our cabina on the hill. There are seven of them and they’ve just gotten started as … Continue reading

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Another Bird Drawing Method That Works- Blind Contours

I’ve always used more than one method for drawings birds. My usual fallback is the mental snapshot freeze-frame: I snag the bird in my mind’s eye, plop it on the page and draw it before it dissolves. Scope drawing is … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- Tropical Flycatchers

There’s a vine-covered tree mass beside the lab building which I’ve tried to tease apart, unsuccessfully, in botanical terms. It’s like untangling cables without using your hands. Two trees side stand by side in the clearing, one identified for me … Continue reading

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My Short-Attention-Span Rainforest Theater

A peculiar form of entertainment here on Science Island is going out for a short walk and getting waylaid by natural history. Distraction from head-scratchers to jaw-droppers to warm and fuzzy cuteness will cut you off at the knees, trip … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- slaty-tailed trogons, masked tityras, and one big, beautiful fly

First day out of the box on the island and we had birds, thunderstorms, and a gorgeous huge tropical fly caught by researchers (and released unharmed). The birds were very cool but the bugs, oh my, the bugs. And now, … Continue reading

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Back in the tropics, with paint

Arrived on the morning boat from Gamboa yesterday morning, after a long day’s travel from Oklahoma which included an unscheduled landing in Cartagena, Colombia (my seat mate looked at the in-flight magazine and said thoughtfully, “American doesn’t actually fly to … Continue reading

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