OLD GAMBOA ROAD & SUMMIT PONDS
Some other places besides Pipeline Road worth
visiting at the Soberania National Park are Old Gamboa Road and Summit
Ponds in Central Panama.
Half an hour from from Panama City, or fifteen minutes from Gamboa Town.
The entrance to Old Gamboa and Summit Ponds is in front of the Summit Nature Park
also a very good place for birding for novices because of the open areas and
the walkways surrounding the place. All located in Central Panama,
Entrance park fee for foreigners is US $5.00 per person. Local US $2.00
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WHAT TO EXPECT
With an early morning start, expect to see by noon 60 to 80 species. By the
end of the day a final count of 95+ is common.
Birding is done through 2 km of dry forest, scrub, and grassland and is the
best place in the immediate Canal Area to find some of the species typical
of those habitats. In the open habitats, it is far more easier to spot birds
compared to what we experience inside a dense forest like the one on
Pipeline Road. So is a great place to be introduce to the tropical birds.
Along the road go into small trails. You will be astonished by the birding
quality in the area.
The climate in Central Panama /Canal Zone is usually warm, with mornings
in the 70s and afternoons in the 80s. Conditions at midday can be humid and
very warm, with temperatures reaching into the lower 90s. Rainstorms may
occur at any time of year, but are more likely during the rainy season,
which runs from the summer months into early December. Generally, the
weather in Central Panama is mild and pleasant, with our activities
corresponding to the cooler parts of the day and heightened bird activity.
6:00am till noon = 6hrs...
price is per person)
BIRDING ALL MORNING
In Gamboa town, you will find a couple of small and comfortable
B&B´s (family type operation) for overnight. Panama City is only
45 minutes from Pipeline Road and driving back and forward is
not a big issue. For
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Besides the B&B which serves meals to their guests, there is no
restaurant in Gamboa besides the fancy Gamboa Rainforest
Resort... if solicited in advance B&B´s can help with this. For
Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts or t-shirts - earth
colors preferable- long and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes,
hat, insect repellent and sun block. Dress for tropical hot
humid weather and be ready for rain.
Binoculars, scope (optional), field guide, notebook and camera
GUIDE BOOK RECOMMENDED
These two books are an example of hard work put into, and for
the benefit, of conserving Panama´s birds:
“The Birds of Panama, a field guide by George R Angehr and
Robert Dean Can be describe as the “bible” forPanama and some
Costa Rica birds. First published 2010 .This excellent field
guide is highly recommended as your primary reference book on
“An Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Panama” by Ernesto
Ponce and Giselle Muschett, 2006, 1st Edition. It can be
described as “a descriptive fieldwork tool” for fast information
BIRDS TO LOOK FOR
This is a listing of birds we have seen along the Old Gamboa
Road, Summit Pond and surrounding areas on different tours, and
some additions from friends, guess and people who have
collaborated sharing with us their sightings. The list is
continuously on the move. Feel free to send Your findings and
comments to email@example.com
for the complete list of Central Panama Birds.
call +(507) 6728-3501 and personally
answer your questions
Among the specialties found in Old Gamboa Road and Summit Ponds :
Also look for:
Chestnut-backed Antbird (H)
Sepia -capped Flycatcher
Yellow-green Tyrannulet (endemic)
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Central Panama birds.