Fiery-Billed Aracari

Gonzalo Chaiy Aizpurua, a local bird guide from Volcan, visited Mount Totumas with his family on Saturday May 26th. He parked his car in the lower pastures and hiked up to the cabins where he greeted me excitedly having just shot an image through his spotting scope of the Fiery-Billed Aracari, an uncommon bird here in Western Panama and a first for Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. This individual drifted up from lower down the valley where rarely they are spotted along the road.

A great addition to our bird list.

Chaiy ended up inviting our family to join them climbing Volcan Baru on Sunday May 27th which we did. It was a great hike up to the peak with perfect weather. Stay tuned for the next blog entry on photos of this memorable hike.

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