Leaf-mimic frog on Barro Colorado Island trail has asymetric spots to look more natural.
a Heliconia butterfly, and a Harpy eagle. BCI and Gamboa, respectively.
BCI Lagoon and a view of Slothia island, sketched from the BCI balcony, or “bar”.
Keel-billed toucans pose and croak from the canopy. BCI.
Harpy eagle waits out a downpour in a flight cage in Gamboa.
sunlight beaming through canopy plants. Note the spores on the back of the leaves.
The loooong wait in the Miami airport. Contrasts in wild life.
A whitewhiskered puffbird, and a plain brown woodcreeper. Drawn on BCI and in Gamboa, respectively.
Courtship of the Rufous motmot, deep in the forest on BCI.
Redcapped manikins, male and female, male moonwalking. Second page: soaring raptors up above: double-toothed kite and hook-billed kite. BCI.
quick sketches of western slaty antshrikes, BCI.
Rufous motmot perched on a palm leaf in the understory. See how long the tail is!
Little island just beside the Smithsonian’s boat dock in Gamboa. Sketched while waiting for the arrival of the water taxi back to BCI. Frigate birds floating overhead.
Scaled pigeon and shining honeycreeper, drawn from the top deck of the Canopy Tower Lodge in Gamboa.
An afternoon birding at the Summit Ponds in Gamboa with Carlos, a guide from the Canopy Tower Lodge. Anhinga drying its wings, Ringed kingfisher fishing, and a boat-billed heron looking solemn and serious, with huge nocturnal eyes.
A rufous motmot carries food to its young, in a burrow somewhere in a stream bank.
More from Summit Ponds, Gamboa. Anhinga in a classic pose, green kingfishers and a geoffrey’s tamarin.
Keel-billed toucan and Geoffrey’s tamarin mother and baby. Drawn from the top deck of the Canopy Tower Lodge.
White-whiskered puffbird, BCI.
Western Slaty antshrike. BCI.
Barred Antshrike shows its stripes. Gamboa.
Whitewhiskered puffbird and howler monkey. BCI.
Harpy eagle tearing apart dinner. Captive bird in Gamboa.
Green Shrike-vireo forages in the branches of a Gamboa tree.
Exploring the natural world with pencil and paper from high atop a one-story bungalow in the middle of Oklahoma.
Quote of the Week
To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or seaside stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall. Teach him something of natural history, and you place in his hands a catalogue of those which are worth turning round. (T.H. Huxley)
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