(Last Updated On: January 21, 2019)

Tropical Birds are some of the most colorful and photogenic birds in the world. I’ve been looking for a relatively easy and very productive location for a new workshop that would feature great tropical birds and dazzling hummingbirds. After exploring and googling and thinking, I’ve decided we are going to do this in Panama!

Why? 616 Bird Species and 74 Mammals are Possible That’s a big why!

Well, that and the lodge has high bio-diversity, they love bird photographers almost as much as birders, and their feeders have been filled for nearly 20 yrs. All of the elements are there to ensure a productive tropical bird photography workshop.

The one element that is missing is my personal experience at the lodge. I rarely if ever take clients someplace that I have not personally explored and although the guides at the lodge have forgotten more about birds than I will ever know, it’s not the same. I need to experience the trip so that you will be able to have a productive and educational workshop from the moment we arrive. I am heading to Panama in May to personally explore the locations to make sure everything works as expected.

Commonly Seen Tropical Birds

Male Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Lampornis calolaema

Purple-throated Mountain-gem

Dazzling Humming Birds
  • White-necked Jacobin
  • Bronze-tailed and White-vented Plumeleteers
  • Long-billed, Stripe-throated, and Rufous-breasted Hermits
  • Blue-chested
  • Violet-bellied
  • Rufous-tailed
  • Snowy-bellied
  • Garden Emerald
  • Purple-crowned Fair
  • Long-billed Starthroat
  • Green Thorntail
  • Rufous-crested Coquette
  • Green
  • Green-crowned Brilliant
  • Rufous-tailed
  • Violet-headed
  • Violet-capped Hummingbirds
  • White-vented Plumeleteer
Stunning Tropical Birds

Green Honeycreeper, Chlorophanes spiza

  • Blue-gray, Crimson-backed, Lemon-rumped Tanagers
  • Golden-hooded and Dusky-faced Tanagers
  • Thick-billed Euphonia
  • Rufous and Whooping Motmots
  • Clay-colored Thrush
  • Chestnut-headed Oropendola
  • Keel-billed, Black-mandibled and Collared Aracaris
  • Striped and Buff-throated Saltators
  • Black-striped Sparrow
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail
  • Blue Cotinga
  • Green Shrike-Vireo
  • Various Trogons, Tityras, and Puffbirds

About the Tropical Birds Workshop

This is what I am expecting, a small group of 4 to 6 photographers heading to Panama in May of 2018 for an eight-night workshop. I expect the workshop will be less than $4500 depending on where our date lands. May is the green aka rainy season and it is also quite a bit less expensive that time of the year. If I decide that it is not too wet, then the price will be lower if we go in May. It should be pretty close if we go in one the dryer seasons.

Blue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopus

Blue-grey Tanager, Thraupis episcopus