A couple of pet egrets mill around the Presidential Palace courtyard entrance, seeming to stand guard at Panama City's equivalent to Washington's White House. The Palacio Presidencial, as it is known, is prominently poised on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The elegantly white 17th century building is just at the entrance to the Casco Viejo, the historic district, where the shoreline curves away from Panama's explosively edgy section lined by modern skyscrapers. In order to see the birds (and the courtyard, for that matter), you need to smile and ask the guards to let you walk past the security barriers for a glimpse of the birds.
Or, you can try for a tour, arranged in advance.