We started at daybreak at Pipeline Road, an abandoned and now vehicle-free road into Soberania National Park, a sliver of access into the jungle. Manakins snapped their courtship displays from the gloomy underbrush, and a few minutes search revealed a male Golden-collared, one closer.
A female Violet-bellied Hummingbird was one bird closer to the magic number.
Of course there were a lot of the showier birds of the Neotropics. Broad-billed Motmots were fairly common.
Trogons were quite common, with Slaty-tailed the most prominent.
We walked about 3 miles along the slowly ascending road in 90 degree heat (with similar humidity) before turning back to retrace our steps. While we may not have been acclimated to the heat, the birds were. A Great Tinamou walked slowly past.
We would not however get another look at one of the cooler birds in the Neotropics, Sunbittern.
A person probably would have predicted that some combination of those birds would have been the highlight of the day. They'd be wrong ... stay tuned.