After our quick trip to the Peñón de San José, some of us (Rafael, Beny and me) decided to look after another potential lifer... the pair Pearly-breasted Cuckoos that was found nesting in eastern Panama province, specifically at the Rio Mono bridge. In the way, we stopped near Chepo before lunch to try for the Whistling Heron reported elsewhere; however, it was raining and dark... and we didn't find the heron. This Pearl Kite (taking advantage of the rain to took a bath) was a nice consolation prize.
After having lunch at the Coquira port under a heavy rain, we departed to Rio Mono. It was dark by the time we reached the bridge, not good for photos. As expected, a Pearly-breasted Cuckoo was at its nest. We digiscoped it from the far side of the road to not disturb it. Remember, the light was awful for photos.
After a couple of minutes we decided to bird around the bridge, because the cuckoo was not moving. We saw/heard some species not found farther west, like Rufous-winged Antwren and White-eared Conebill. A group of three Collared Aracaris feeding in some Cecropia fruits allowed some photos.
Then, we heard the cuckoo calling. I was able to see the second Pearly-breasted Cuckoo approaching through the shrubs into the nest. This time, I noticed the lack of any rufous in the primaries (just in case). While one of the parents was perched aside the nest (showing perfectly its undertail pattern and white underparts), the other fed two hungry chicks! Yes, now they are four (4) cuckoos in Bayano! These are good news!
Remember, if you are going to see this rarity, try not to disturb the family (do not play recorded calls nor approach to closely). Happy birding!