North-west Costa Rica Birding

Panama Beach - October 2007

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Playa Panama

This beach is in the Gulf of Papagayo which means that there is no view of the open sea. Brown Pelicans and Magnificent Frigatebirds are frequent and we also saw Royal, Bridled and Forster’s Terns and Brown Noddies. Streams enter the sea to the left and right of El Nakuti and here small numbers of waders were present including up to four Wilson’s Plovers.


Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
Seen in the Mangroves behind Panama Beach

Tri-coloured Heron

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Semipalmated Plover

Greater Yellowlegs - A single bird seen several times on Panama Beach

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Willet - The only one seen during the week

Black Vultures - A small group roosting in the Mangroves behind the beach

Black Vultures

Ringed Kingfisher perched in the Mangrove area behind Panama Beach

Wilson's Plover
Seen daily in small numbers


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Magnificent Frigatebird
Up to ten were seen feeding just offshore.

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Western Sandpipers
Only seen on one day


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