HOW TO SEE PANAMA’S HARPY EA­GLES

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Harpy Eagles -

WHEN TO GO

Harpy ea­gles can be seen year-round. Tourist high sea­son, when it is mainly dry, is De­cem­ber–April; most rain falls in May–Oc­to­ber.

Visit in Oc­to­ber–De­cem­ber to ex­pe­ri­ence one of the world’s great avian spec­ta­cles. Three mil­lion North Amer­i­can hawks, kites and vul­tures mi­grate south across the isth­mus of Panama, and many mil­lions of song­birds, waders and other mi­gra­tory birds also pass through.

GET­TING THERE

There are no di­rect flights to Panama City from the UK, but KLM flies di­rect from Am­s­ter­dam, Air France from Paris, Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Ibe­ria from Madrid.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Canopy Tower and its sis­ter lo­ca­tions Canopy Camp and Canopy Lodge can be vis­ited on all-in­clu­sive seven-night bird­ing pack­ages, which of­fer a chance of spot­ting harpy ea­gles as well as many other rain­for­est species. De­tails at www.canopy­tower.com.

Some wildlife tour com­pa­nies that stay here in­clude Geodyssey (www. geodyssey.co.uk; 02072 817788), Green­wings ( http://green­wings.co; 01473 254658), Jour­ney Latin Amer­ica (www.jour­ney­lati­namer­ica.co.uk; 02038 117378), Na­ture­trek (www. na­ture­trek.co.uk; 01962 733051), Steppes Travel (www.steppes­travel.com; 01285 601765) and Wild About Travel (www.wild­about­travel.co.uk; 01480 370593).

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