Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo-Nov 20th was Amaaaazzzzing!

21 11 2010

Awoke to a pretty thick overcast so I was a little slow to get out into the field. Went down to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center for a ‘light’ day. Figured I’d run up their 170ft tall tower and get some canopy birds.

As I arrived, a pretty large and loud group did too and they headed up the tower. So I decided to hit the trails a bit. Wow, am I glad I did. I’m so glad I did, that it makes me want to talk like a college chick for the entire next paragraph.

Ohhhh, it was amazing! So, I go down this was an amazing trail oh my god. And then I get down this trail and I hear this, this, chirping and stuff…and the chirping and stuff was, like, amazing…..and then I went to the chirping sound and there was more and more chirping and it was more and more amazing and there were ooooh like gazillions of these icky bugs all over and they were crawling all over and I was like spastic and stuff and then I saw this one bird……OMG…it was Amaaaaazzzzing!!

And I agree with her. It was Amaaazzzzing. Saw my first Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo. Serious birders (and there are, unfortunately for the rest of us, VERY serious birders) go flat nuts to see one once in their lives. Now, I’m not a birder, so just seeing one….ok, whatever.  I’ve got to get a shot. First Objective..any shot. Once First Objective is achieved, get a Better Shot. Once Better Shot is achieved. Get Fantastic Shot. That’s My Thing. That’s my Modus Operandi. It’s How I Operate.

And I got all three in a two hour session with not one, but TWO of these Amaaaazzzing birds. Plus video. Video which, I might add, is amazing too. As am I…at this moment of great achievement.

Thank you, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. I knew you were a Good Place. I knew you offered a Warm Welcome, Hot Coffee, El Torre and more Colibri (hummingbirds) than any man has a right to want to photograph. Plus a wide selection of Other Birds and Wildlife. But today you came through for this kid. You made me so very happy. Today, you were, in a word………Amazing.

And now, the moment I’ve all been waiting for……Ladies and Gentlemen, Senores y Senoritas….She’s Rare, She’s Special and She’s Beautiful. I present….

The Amazing Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo 

Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo


Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Pipeline Road, Panama



2 responses

22 11 2010
chris mayne

So you could’nt wait? That bird does not suck! Congrats. See you nest monday.

14 05 2012
Mary Ann G

Nice going! Now I’ve seen your awesome photos, now I need to see the bird for myself.

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