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GAMBOA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (15-16th March, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This site is easily reached by public transport from Panama City. Orange buses leave hourly (?) from next to the Legislative Palace from 5:30 am. It takes 30 mins to an hour depending on traffic. The first bus is quite quick. From Gamboa. Keep walking straight along the road for a few hundred metres. Bear right at a bend in the road and then turn left onto a gravel track. The road only carries on for a short while after that anyway and ends in a barb-wire gate and security guards with guns. Turning left you will see a sign reading 'Camino del Oleoducto'. Follow the road around and you will come to the gate where someone may sell you a ticket ($3). I birded the pipeline road twice and only paid once. The road has great birding but the better forest is further along. I walked 6 kms along the first day and 10km the next seeing a few different species further along. I failed to see all my target species: Plumbeus Hawk, Great Curassow or Harpy Eagle. Another birder I met had seen a juvenile Harpy recently that had been reintroduced. I did however see an antswarm with Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Spotted, Ocellated & Bicolored Antbirds. I saw 114 species including 25 lifers. 

Species seen

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse