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Capybaras in Panama

When the physicist Shelden Cooper ruined his friends' lunch with the story of the faecal eating capybaras in the series Big Bang Theory, these cute giant rodents became somewhat unhappy. These capybaras from the guinea pig family certainly deserve more appropriate consideration - so it was a pleasure to watch these social animals in a marshland in Gamboa and to see how the adult animals shelter their offspring, they play with each other and together to search for information set out.

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The Kuna - indigenous people in Panama

About 30,000 Kuna, which call themselves Dule (translated: human), live in San Blas, an approximately 200 km long coastal strip along the northeastern Atlantic coast of Panama with its offshore islands up to the Colombian border. You can reach the islands by boat and you will find well-kept huts as accommodations with these friendly people.The Kuna are known for their traditional dances, which we wanted to include in this project. In addition, with years of resistance to Panama's integration efforts, the Kuna have managed to anchor their rights to independence in the Panama Constitution, which has contributed to the high authenticity of today's Kuna. The Panama Constitution guarantees Kuna rights and territorial rights - but they have had to fight hard for their autonomy today.
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The first newsletter

We will soon send the first newsletter, which can only be received as a registered community user. The picture shown here of a violet ear hummingbird was taken during a stay in Boquete, Panama. We will add a link to this photo in high quality and without identification to our first newsletter. Community users may use it free of charge for non-commercial purposes.
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Rufous-tailed hummingbird in Boquete

We have seen the Rufous-tailed hummingbird at several locations in Panama. They dash through the blossoms so quickly that you might get dizzy. It is all the more difficult to photograph them. If you don't want to hope for the snapshot, the only motto is: patience. Once you have found a beautiful flower with a matching background, you have to set up the camera, focus and ...

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Quetzal - bird of the gods

The Quetzal belongs to the genus of trogons, of which we were able to photograph yet another species, the mountain trogon, in Panama. The birds are very colorful and the Quetzal has two other features that make it appear exceptional. Firstly, it has very long tail feathers. These made him a popular hunting object of the pre-Columbian cultures, the priests of which decorated their headdresses with their magnificent feathers.

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Violet ear hummingbirds in Boquete

The highlands of Boquete in Panama are of volcanic origin and reach heights of up to 3000 meters in the north and up to 800 meters in the south. The Quetzal Trail runs here and connects two parallel valleys in which Bajo Boquete and Cerro Punta are located. Not only the impressive Quetzales but also many other inhabitants of the cloud forest can be observed on the hike on the trail. However, there are also many hikers out here who may scare away the shy animals and who want to hear the angelic singing of the Quetzales should also be in place before sunrise.
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