call 011 (507)
6728-3501 and personally
answer your questions on the birds of Panama
BIIRDING IN PANAMA
Gonzalo Horna, your local birdguide.
Birding in Panama.
Former owner and manager of Sierra Llorona Panama Lodge, Gonzalo has been
birding central Panama and adjacent low and highland areas since 1997.
Attending groups and individuals he has mastered the needs and logistics to
make a birders journey a successful one. He created and implemented a unique
Birding by Boat day tour to explore the fresh water avifauna (and related
birds) difficult to see while normal hiking secluded areas. Has being
actively involved with the Embera Quera indian community located at the
Panama Canal basin (Caribbean site) helping them develop a tourism program
with emphasis on birding. In the government conservation programs he have
served at national levels. Also he is a very active member of the Panama
Audubon Society (PAS).
His wide ranging interests include butterfly, mammals, insects, good food &
Friendly, fun and knowledgeable, Gonzalo (60 years old) is always ready to
take you birding any time any place in Panama.
Chat with Gonzalo
Our birding trip with you was great. You were knowledgeable about the individual
birds and where to find them, as well as being a most gracious host. Our
accomodations in Achiote and Gamboa were excellent. We enjoyed the rural
atmosphere and food in Achiote and, well, Ivan's B and B was wonderful. Please
give Ivan and his family our regards. While birding in both Achiote and Gamboa
was excellent, Marlin would have liked to spend more time in Achiote than in
Gamboa. On leaving you, we went to the Canopy Tower. That evening we birded at
the munitions depot where we saw a Rail. The next day we spent most of the
morning in the tower, then. Future birding at the tower included most of the
places, we had been at with you, we decided to join another couple and go to the
Canopy Lodge. We were there three days and two nights. Each day were birded all
morning (and then some) as well as three to four hours in the afternoon, seeing
many different birds at that higher elevation.
Thank you for giving us such a wonderful tour of the Panama city area and such a
comprehensive overview of the history of Panama, as well as the opportunity to
see the workings of the Panama Canal lock system.
All in all, it was a memorable adventure and birding trip and you helped make it
Marlin and Anita Jones, Iowa marlinjones28(AT)gmail.com
Gonzalo, Thank you so much for your expert guidance!
David Jordet, New York, 2008. sailbirder(AT)yahoo.com
We all really appreciated the time and effort that you put into showing us the
birds of the Gamboa and Achiote Road areas.
Barbara, Kathleen, Don, Howie, Dave, Dennis, Carol, Rob, Melissa, Miriam and Eva
Callahan, 2008. "The -noisy- group!