Limbo Hunt Club, off Pipeline Road in central Panama, 1983
Sleeping quarters at the Limbo Hunt Club
Our kitchen at the Limbo Hunt Club
A pair of diminutive blue-crowned manakins.
Manakins have an elaborate courtship display;
males gather to display in groups, called leks,
where they zoom around making snapping and
buzzing noises with their wings
A slaty-backed forest-falcon,
caught as it pursued a small bird through the forest understory
The very small, common tody-flycathcher
Several more species captured in second growth habitats by Peter and Greg:
great antshrike, fasciated antshrike, rosy thrush-tanager.
Jill Trainer's oropendulas
During one of our first wanderings into the forest around Limbo Hunt Club, just days after arriving in Panama, we heard a rustling in the distance, a noise that grew louder and closer. Soon a huge swarm of fast-moving army ants (thousands and thousands) moved through the forest understory. They scooped up insects, spiders, and even small lizards that were crawling in their path. Some birds are keyed into these raids and follow along above the army ant swarm scooping up the crickets, grasshoppers, other bigger and faster insects that can out-manuever the ants, but not the birds. A few species--such as the ocellated antbird that we caught in our nets--are considered professional ant-following birds, as that is how they forage almost exclusively.
Ocellated antbird, a professional ant-following bird
Tomorrow I will highlight some of the other plants and animals--other than birds--that we saw in our jungle wanderings.