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Old Wednesday 27th August 2014, 13:52   #1
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Bird Guides for Central Panama

We are visiting Central Panama (Canal Area, Cerro Azul, El Valle) on a short independent birding trip. However we will probably decide to take bird guides on the spot for some hours or half days. Can you recommend any local guides (name, phone number) for those places that can be contacted/hired on site?
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I spent a morning birding with a guide called Mario Bernal in El Valle. This was arranged through the place I was staying at (which is recommended):
http://www.elvallepotosi.com
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Old Wednesday 27th August 2014, 14:44   #3
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urbandove, welcome to birdforum!

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I spent a morning birding with a guide called Mario Bernal in El Valle. This was arranged through the place I was staying at (which is recommended):
http://www.elvallepotosi.com
Sounds great. Anybody out there having recommendations for the other places?
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Go to this part of birdforum: http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=244

Search for Panama. One of the hits should be my rather old report which mentions a couple of guides. Other newer reports hopefully have more timely info.

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I birded Panama with a bird guide (Gonzalo Horna) who in turn used other more local guides in certain areas in Panama. You can contact him and see if he can put you in touch with guides in the area(s) you need:

http://www.birdingbyboattour.com/index.html

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Gonzalo Horna is on the Birding Pal page with a few other birding contacts:
http://www.birdingpal.org/Panama.htm

Jan Axel has a long running blog about birding in Panama. You might pose your question to him: http://janbirdingblog.blogspot.com/

If you haven't run across it yet, this is a rare bird site for Panama:
http://www.xenornis.com/
It may lead you to some helpful names. A understanding of Spanish would be almost necessary to get the most out of it but some sightings are posted in English. I see they had a report of a Pearly-breasted Cuckoo recently, a bird I didn't even know existed.

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Thank you all for the www-links and recommendations!
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There are several fully bilingual great birding guides in Panama
Here are some names.

Ariel Aguirre http://www.arielbirding.com/
Jacobo Ortega http://www.birdinginpanama.com/4357.html
Justo Camargo http://www.justadventurespanama.com/#!bird-guide/cv89
Beny Wilson (My self) http://www.benywilson.com

Zecke Jakub https://www.facebook.com/ezekieljakub?fref=ts
Euclides Campos https://www.facebook.com/euclides17campos?fref=ts
Jose Alberto Perez https://www.facebook.com/jose.alberto.5891?fref=ts
Kent Livezey http://www.birdingpipelinepanama.com...ine-guide.html

Have a great birding trip!
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Euclides Campos -- that name is different enough that I cannot believe there are two: he must be the person that took us out to San Fransisco well towards Darrien. He really knew his birds, and helped a lot with the problem that two tires blew at the same time.

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Hahahahaha
I heard that story! The one and only Kilo Euclides Campos!
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