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Kite Birds in Panama Canal

Male Snail Kite

Female Snail Kite

Female Snail Kite

Female Snail Kite

Kite birds make their home in the huge fresh water lake in the Panama Canal called “Lake Gatun”.   I believe that these two birds shown, are likely Snail Kites.   This lake is fed by the Chagras River.  The lake is a man-make body of water created to allow ships to transit the locks of the Panama Canal.  There are several small islands in this lake

that have tropical rain forests on them.  The Kites love to hunt for the large tropical snails on leafy plants in the lush rain forest.

The male is the charcoal black bird, while the hen is brown and rust-colored.  Some of the Kites are year around residents while some are Winter visitors or are simply stopping for a bit on their way to South America.  I took these pictures in the Panama Canal on October 30, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Female Snail Kite

Female Snail Kite

Male Snail Kite

Male Snail Kite

A Few Photos of the Panama Canal: Special Edition

New canal construction project work

Some New Canal Construction Work

Just fits!

Just Fits!

Open lock

Open Lock

I had the pleasure to make a partial transit from the Caribbean Sea to Lake Gatun last week while on a cruise vacation.  We entered the first set of locks just at sunrise. The cruise ship we were on  is classified as a “Panamax-sized” ship.  These are the largest ships that fit in the locks.  We had three feet on either side.  One cargo vessel in front of us had less clearance.  The ship’s toll for our particular transit was approx. $300,000.00!   A new canal is being built which will allow  larger ships to transit.

The fresh water in the locks comes from a man-made lake, Lake Gatun, fed by the Chagres River.  The Panamanians are in charge of the Panama Canal operations now.  It was a fascinating morning there at the canal.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy.  P.S.  More wildlife tomorrow!  Sorry about the weird layout – happens when I do captions.  I’ll learn.,,

The Locks

The Locks

Admin. Building

Admin. Building

Next lock

The Gatun Locks

Central American Adventure

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Costa Rica and Panama are lovely countries.  I had the pleasure of being there for a very brief time last week while on a cruise.  I was thrilled to see several Caiman, which are a reptile similar to a Crocodile or Alligator.  I also saw huge Crocodiles (Caiman are shown above and the Crocodiles are seen below).

These reptiles were spotted in Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal, and on the Chagres River, that is a fresh-water source for Lake Gatun.   The large lizards eat fish, birds, turtles, frogs and smaller land animals.  The Crocodiles cannot chew and do all digestion of their food internally.  I took these pictures on Oct. 30, 2013.  I’ll have more to share regarding different animals from the region, in the next several posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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