Viewing Nature With Eileen.
Gamboa would prove to change directions for me in my pursuit of wildlife. Last year at this time, I didn't really understand birding and kind of laughed at it. But a friendly man by the name of Ivan helped me take a closer look at our winged friends. This place is not only beautiful but it changed me. If I had money, I'd buy one of those old homes there and live! It was really beautiful. Birders if you haven't been to the famed Pipeline Road in Gamboa, it's really worth your time. You won't regret the trip at all.
But onto the photography. I didn't post a lot of these shots because they were blurred or at the time, I thought rather boring. But with blogging, it's okay to post the not so perfect shots as well. I went back on several of my albums and pulled these beauties out. I hadn't been planning on doing these posts as I was studying the Ivory Bill Woodpecker which led to several other Woodpeckers in Mexico etc. It was devastating to find out that several of the largest woodpeckers were wiped out and now labeled extinct. But I remembered a shot from the rainforest of this colorful number above and I went back into my files(thank you to a fellow birder who told me never to delete pics). Good advice because I was able to ID this particular Woodpecker.
Oh and this story. Here we are catching a break from the downpour. I was filming a heron and my camera cap rolled into the water. I thought it was gone but when I looked down I could see it in the water but they were full of caiman and crocs...so a boat person came along and fished it out for me. I was extremely thankful for his help.
The hikes were long and difficult. Bring plenty of water with you as we dehydrated quickly. It was one of the sweatiest experiences of my life, but the wildlife was a treat to observe. I made a video last year capturing the beauty of this area. More tomorrow.....
|This is pretty scary. Harbinger of Death?|