25 October, 2012

Wednesday in Panama

Island Girl held up for another day in Panama on Wednesday.

She moved just a short distance closer to the Pacific and apparently roosted last night  in a lone tree in an open field. Her location was just off a side road a little ways from the main highway and, oddly enough, just outside a village called "Limon".

This would have been a great place to try to see her due to the open agricultural fields and easy road access.

It looks like she is heading towards Punta Mala as she did in past years.

I vividly remember the beautiful dwelling on this point with its tennis court, swimming pool, oceanside home and private bay. What a gorgeous place. Check it out on Google Earth.

A Panamanian friend of mine thought that it might belong to the President of Panama although I haven't been able to confirm that.

As Island Girl approaches the next country, Colombia, and the first in South America, our Colombian colleague, Alex Ospina, has kindly sent me the following brief report.

"Island Girl flies along the Colombian coast of the Pacific Chocó,
where there are large mangroves, thick forests, and lots of rain.

The Chocó rain forest, is an parted region of Colombia, where there
are many species of birds of prey like the Arpya (Harpy Eagle), and in the high
mountains the Falco deiroleucus (Orange-breasted Falcon).

Colombia is one the richest countries in species of birds. Just when
the Andes reaches the south border, they divide into three ridges, forming
high mountains, valleys, deserts, snow pecks, Paramount, meadows,
and all of this happens in between the Pacific Ocean and the
Caribbean Sea, separated only by the Panama ithsmus. Heading south-
east is the Colombian Amazon rain forest region, a majestic and vast
area, rich in water and, of course, with more than 78 species of raptors.

During 25 years, I have observed the migration of Peregrine Falcon in Colombia.
Many Peregrine remain throughout the winter period. We now know that
is probably the Austral Peregrine (Falco peregrinus cassini) is
nesting in southern Colombia. With the observation of some couples of
Peregrines during these years, most come to the same perch in
different cities of the country, for they know that Colombia,
provides a great habitat during their migration period.

I have a small rehabilitation center for raptors birds, and we have
been able to help many Peregrines who for one reason or another have
suffered flight injury, or have suffered hunting accidents, most  have
been returned to the freedom."

Thank you for the nice summary Alex. We all appreciate it.

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