I also hoped to get a better picture of the bluebird on the other side of the kitchen window. After jerryrigging a stand for my camera with its long lens, I discovered that the remote control doesn't work after a long period of inactivity. This is not good for taking pictures of birds.
So instead I kept the camera at the ready on my work table, which is near the kitchen window. When I heard the bird chirping I slowly moved closer and was able to get quite a few good pictures, including this one:
Ah ha! It was TWO birds, not one! Upon closer inspection, I did see some subtle differences between them:
The top one has a smaller head, more elongated body and a pale blue beak. The second one has a larger head and a darker beak, along with somewhat brighter blue plumage. I'm guess that the first one is female and the second a male. The "female" has quite a little potbelly. Could it be from eggs waiting to be laid?
I hope they are a mating pair, because the world needs more beautiful blue birds.
(These were confirmed to be Blue-Gray Tanangers.)
After a lovely and lively dinner with my host family and one of their local Panamanian friends, the day drew to a peaceful close. And now I have made the acquaintance of one more friend as well as two beautiful birds.