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.
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 ...
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.
Trogons are colorful birds and yet difficult to spot in the canopy of trees. We had to roam the Panama jungle for a long time before we saw a mountain trogon. But the male showed model qualities, so that a nice photo series was created during the "shooting".
There is a rich wildlife on the islands in and on the Panama Canal. In addition to howler monkeys, there are also the endemic Panama capuchin monkeys, which can hardly be distinguished from their relatives, the white-shouldered capuchin (Cebus capucinus).
Howler monkeys (Alouatta) are a primate genus from the family of bracketed monkey (Atelidae). They live in Central and South America and are known for their loud shouting, which they mostly emit in the early morning. They feed on leaves and other plant material.
Barro Colorado Island is an artificial island, created by the damming of the Panama Canal in 1914.