Spectacled Antpitta (Hylopezus perspicillatus)

Panama Canopy Tower trip with Naturetrek, 29 April to 6 May 2009

Artwork by Paul Gale

This was one of the highlight birds of the trip. It was heard calling along the "Plantation Road", and was located by our guide, Alexis. I got a good view through the telescope but was unable to get my camera on it, as it was some 50 yards in deep vegetation. My two second view in the telescope made a lasting impression in my mind. As one bird-watcher remarked, "It looks like a juvenile song thrush" with the buffy spots on its back, and the strong black streaking on the breast, hence its other name, "Streak-chested Antpitta". Anyway, not having managed a photograph, I have reconstructed here my view of that bird, relying on an sketch I did on our returning to the Canopy Tower Hotel, and using photographs downloaded from the internet.

12" x 10" Oil on canvas, 125



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