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A Lifer Red as Blood

The words “Belated!” or  “Happy Birthday!” is what has welcomed me in Lipa that Saturday morning as my relatives greeted me. We all invited them to go in Lipa, Batangas, after all the day before this was my birthday, and of course I had to go birding the day afterwards. My birthday wouldn’t be complete without having an adventure full of birds or gaining a new lifer.

We started off with day one in Lipa with some water birds in Taal Lake where we stayed in a small barangay in Mataas na Kahoy. It was fun yet at the same time challenging since water birds are some of the hardest to identify. Questions like “What type of Egeret is that?”, “Are those Whiskered Terns or something else?”, or “Why are water birds so complicated?!” would occasionally pop-up. In the end, we listed the following species in Taal Lake:

  • Whiskered Terns, and other unidentified terns
  • Little, Great, and Intermediate Egrets
  • Little Heron, and an unidentified heron
  • Barn and Pacific Swallows

Afterwards, we went to a small nature trail inside a Cemetery in another part of Lipa. It was a small field with tall grass and cattle fesses; around it, left, right, and forward, was a forest full of Yellow-vented Bulbuls and Brown Shrike. Some beautiful flower-covered trees attract a lot of Olive-baked Sunbirds and Lowland White-eyes, and White -collared Kingfishers also occur.

A bit deeper inside, we were left dumbfounded by a bird looking like a flycatcher. It was brown with a black bill, and a streaked breast. I had no idea what it was and neither did the rest of us, and we were disappointed of the sight of it flying away before we got the chance to ID it. We waited a while longer for it to come back, but it was a no show, so we just went directly out of the trail to the Cemetery.

A Long-tailed Shrike here, and a Striated Grassbird there, but I still couldn’t get the flycatcher out of my mind until I heard my tito say “Flowerpecker!” And there it was a tiny bird, the size of a sunbird, perched on the slim branches of a tree. My tita asked “Isn’t that a bleeding heart?”. It wasn’t, but it was very close since this bird also has a red breast, but it was way too small. My only Lifer in Lipa, the Red-keeled Flowerpecker.

We spent the night in the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club, a place I have went to a lot before I have started birding,which actually had the most species of birds in all the places we went to, because just in the fishpond there were already swallows, Great and Little Egrets, Common Sandpipers, Little Herons and Common Kingfishers with some White-collared Kingfihers.

Great Egret <Photo by King Pandi>

Common Kingfisher <Photo by King Pandi>

The golf course and empty lots had a lot of grass-dwelling birds like Long-tailed Shrikes, Striated Grassbirds, Barred Rails which we laugh at because of their way of running when we flushed them, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters perched on wires, Scaly-breates Munias, Red-Turtle Doves, Richard’s Pipits, White-bellied Woodswallows, and Yellow Wagtails. There was also a flock of Black-naped Orioles in an area of palm trees.

White-bellied Woodswallow <Photo by King Pandi>

The next day we went up a mountain, tired and sweaty we hoped to find many birds. We did find Philippine Bubuls and on of both Philippine and Lesser Coucals, but other than these and some common birds it wasn’t such a birdy place. This our last adventure of the weekend and even though I only got one lifer I was very happy, and the celebration of my birthday was complete.

The Tree of Life in a Birder’s Paradise

The weather was better now than when we last came here, now my bird loving tito, tita and cousin came with us. There were still light rain showers but it would only last for a short while then the rest of the day was sunny and perfect for birding. Subic still had the usual Large-billed Crows and White-breasted Woodswallows, which were sort of as common as Eurasian Tree Sparrows in the area.

The common birds, Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Zebra Doves, Glossy Swiftlets, Pacific Swalows and Brown Shrikes, flew around the residential areas of Subic Homes as we checked-in. If you ever come to Subic, this is the place I suggest you stay because even in Subic Homes a lot of birds can already be found but let me tell you about Subic Homes later on.

Before we talk about the birds in Subic Homes, let’s first talk about the Boton Forest Trail. There were actually not many birds here except Black-naped Orioles, but this was the place I first laid eyes on my first malkoha, the Red-crested Malkoha. It is a Luzon Endemic, and a common resident in the forests of Subic. Later that day, we even found them flying in front of us.

White-throated Kingfisher perched on wire
<Photo by King Pandi>

Well, other than the malkoha it wasn’t really a birdy place, so we drove to the old Bat Kingdom and on our way there we saw a lot of White-throated King-fishers occasionally parching on wires or small trees beside the road. I then saw something brown with some spot-like  patterns and I knew it was different. We nearly ignored it, but then I shouted “Wait! Stop the Car!” I was right; it was something else, a Female Blue Rock-Thrush.

Female Blue Rock-Thrush <Photo by King Pandi> Lifer no. 88

At the Bat Kingdom, Me and Tristan (Cousin) saw two species of woodpeckers, happily pecking on these bark-less trees. They were the cut little Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, and to my surprise a woodpecker we didn’t expect to see, a Greater Flameback. I was a beautiful woodpecker with its red back, and another surprise, we didn’t just see one, but three! A very nice lifer.

Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker <Photo by King Pandi>

I was also finally able to see the Stripe-headed Rhabdornis, which I have been trying to track down ever since I missed it at Mt. Palay-Palay. Then once we were done with the Bat Kingdom, wile driving back to Subic Homes, we saw Philippine Serpent-Eagles, another bird I missed out on in Mt. Palay-Palay, flying in circles which I think i’s called thermaling.

In the afternoon, we planned to go to Hill 394, but sadly we had to have a permit to got there. I guess when WBCP has a Club Trip there, they issue first a permit. We sadly weren’t informed of this, and we didn’t have time to get one, so we had to go with the back-up plan, birding near Zoobic Safari. We saw more or less the same birds, Philippine Bulbuls were here, and so were White-bellied Woodpeckers, and an abundance of Balicassiaos.

Now, let’s go back to Subic Homes. We birded there a bit late, from noon to night then again at early morning and found a Colasisi and a White-collared Kingfisher. There was actually a particular tree there which I really want to know what kind. It surprised me because in this one three we listed the following birds:

  • A flock of 10+ Pompadour Green-Pigeons, Lifer

Pompadour Green-pigoen <Photo by King Pandi> Lifer no. 81

  • About 3+ Coppersmith Barbets
  • Large-billed Crows
  • A few Coletos
  • Yellow-vented Bulbuls
  • Brown Shrikes
  • A Blue-naped Parrot
  • Balicassiaos, Lifer
  • And a flock of 8+ Luzon Tarictic Hornbills

Luzon Tarictic Hornbill <Photo by King Pandi>

What surprised me really was the flock of Hornbills that fly there to feed in the morning and the Pompadour Pigeons that never leave the tree. My Ninang Princess calls it “The Tree of Life”. If anyone could identify this tree for me, hopefully those of the WBCP would know this tree, I would be very grateful.

“Tree of Life” <Photo by King Pandi>

Also, in front of a Brent International School, Subic, which was located in the same area as the Subic Homes residential, was a flock of SEVERAL, about 20 to 30 parrots. The parrots composed of Blue-backed Parrots, Guaiaberos, a single Green Raquet-tail, and the most plentiful were the Blue-naped Parrots. The Guaiabero was my lifer, but I didn’t count the Blue-backed Parrot and the Raquet-tail since I only saw both for barely a second before it flew off.

Blue-naped Parrots <Photo by King Pandi>

In the same area, we also found some strange looking woodpeckers. Some were pure black while others had red faces. They were in fact Sooty Woodpeckers, the all black being females and the rad face being males. We also saw Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes which I had almost mistaken as a Balicassiao, but just my luck, an actual Balicassiao was right beside it and I was able to see the difference.

Sooty Woodpecker <Photo by King Pandi>
Lifer no. 82

In a wetland area near Subic Homes, next to a golf course, we found a Buff-banded Rail. We then saw something HUGE fly across the wetland. It perched on a tree, and if we didn’t see it fly there we would have thought it was a branch since it was really well camouflaged. It was a very huge Purple Heron. It turns out that the Subic Homes Area had the most birds among all the places we went to in Subic.

Purple Heron <Photo by King Pandi>
Lifer no.86

I left Subic with sadness in my heart. I wish I lived there with the birds just outside my window, but my place is here in Metro Manila. A “Maya’s Paradise!” :D. This has been my best birding trip so far, and I can’t wait for the day I would finally come here with the WBCP. When that time comes, it would mean more birds and an access to hill 394.

Overwhelmed By Waders

We nearly got lost in the Pampanga area while finding our way to the Candaba Wetlands, but good thing the local Pampangueno people knew the way. One by one we asked them directions to Candaba and slowly we started making progress getting there. They talked to us with a sort of accent and used the terms “dine” and “rine”.

We finally stumbled into the muddy trails of Candaba, but sadly we could not go in deeper to the actual site due to the very deep muddy road. We had to make do with the ricefield at the side of the dirt road and hoped for the best. We actually saw tons of birds in the ricefields and most of them were waders.

The very first wader we saw that day was the Black-winged Stilt; I have not seen it before due to the fact that it was a migrant. I actually thought at first that my first Black-winged Stilt would be in LPPCHEA, a much closer habitat to home, but with almost the same kinds of birds.

Black-winged Stilt <Photo by King Pandi>
Lifer no. 77

Candaba was an amazing experience for me. I got a total of five lifers that morning; one of which was the Black-winged Stilt, but other than that I also got the Wood Sandpiper, along side with some Common Sandpipers. I finally got to see the deepness of the fork of a Barn Swallow and can finally count it as a lifer. I also got the Red Turtle Dove there while they were flocking together with the waders, and me and Tristan (Cousin) were sure that most of the egrets we saw there were Cattle Egrets.

Wood Sandpiper <Photo by king Pandi>
Lifer no. 78

I was so happy to see such a diverse array of water loving birds in one area. I actually love water birds, but they are just so hard to ID since they nearly look the same. If we were with other WBCP members on this trip, we would have seen more birds, but what I liked about this trip that I was able to ID most of the water birds here myself and that makes me a bit proud.

We did see many other birds in Candaba like Chestnut Munias the size of mayas, and mayas the size of Brown Shrikes, and Brown Shrikes the size of Long-tailed Shrikes, and Long-tailed Shrikes the size of Zebra Doves, and Zebra Doves the size of Yellow Bitterns, and Yellow Bitterns the size of Cinnamon Bitterns, and the Cinnamon Bittern being the biggest Cinnamon Bittern that I have ever seen. I swear that birds here look or ARE bigger than those found within Metro Manila.

There were many birds there and esspecially many waders but I only got to see their true diversity when the mixed wader flock flew just a few meters off the water of the ricefield. I saw an amazing display of different species of waders, but didn’t know how to ID them. They looked so similar but you could see different shades of gray, black and white, and occasionally see a glimpse of color in the flock.

I was so glad that I have finally got to bird in Candaba, but the day is still young and this is only part one of my birding weekend. The rest will be left on suspense mode until tomorrow :).

To be continued…

More Common than the Residents

“There are no birds here!” my Dad said a while ago in the car when we drove to a place called “Tumana” in Marikina City, but already we have found Long-tailed Shrikes perched on wires and a lot of Brown Shrikes. I was surprised to see so many Brown Shrikes beacuse they were actually more common than Yellow-vented Bulbuls in that area.

We saw some strange looking Crested Mynahs, brownish black in color with a small crest on the bill but not as obvious as the usual Crested Mynahs we see.  Tristan (Cousin) explained them as juvenile Crested Mynahs; he sees them all the time in places near his place. In the same area were some Scaly-breasted Munias, perched on the tall grass with the Long-tailed Shrikes.

Ninang Princess nearly jumped for joy when she saw one of her favorites hiding in the clusters of bamboo. It was a Pied Triller, and it was one of my favorites as well. It also has a very nice local name which is “Ibong-Pare” (see the translation in the glossary).

Since the area was right beside the river, we saw a lot of Pacific Swallows flying around; most were flying very low, nearly touching the ground, but never do. We decided to enter a subdivision with more empty lots than there were houses.  There, we saw some Pied Fantails and Zebra Doves on the streets, and a lone White-collared Kingfisher flying out of the subdivision to the grasslands were we were a while ago.

We saw something quite big fly from one empty lot to the other and tried to find it. It landed next to a large puddle in the middle of some tall grass. We nearly given up on it since it wasn’t coming out, but then it flew away and revealed its identity. It was a Cinnamon Bittern flying towards the next subdivision over a high wall.

We went deeper in the subdivision where we found a lot of Striated Grassbirds, and Ninang Princess even asked me to ID a tree since many birds seem to be going on them. Sadly, I don’t know how to ID trees, but she thought I did. Other WBCP members are great are identifying tress, almost as much as they can ID birds.

Striated Grassbird <Photo by King Pandi>

My Dad and Tito Jerome showed us some Eurasian Tree Sparrows on the side walk, and there was something very strange with one of the Eurasian Tree Sparrows. I never saw a Eurasian Tree Sparrow that looks like this one. It was very light in color and very noticeable when in plain sight. It looks almost like it is beige.

Light Colored Eurasian Tree Sparrow
<Photo by King Pandi>

On the roofs of the houses were some doves that, at plain sight, look like Zebra Doves. But as we looked at it closer with the Spotting Scope, it had a black patch on the nape with white spots. It was the unique field mark of the Spotted Dove. I was actually surprised to see them here because the only doves I expected were Zebra Doves, but I guess you’ll never know what to expect.

We left at around 8 am since we all had some other matters to attend to. Ever since then, I always hear or see the Brown Shrikes  once in a while. I actually see them more often than I see Yellow-vented Bulbuls. I had never expected that a migratory bird could be this common, but when migration season ends, I see none at all. The fact of seeing or even just hearing a migratory bird in the morning is a really a good way to start my day.

Bird List

  1. Long-tailed Shrike
  2. Brown Shrike
  3. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  4. Crested Mynah
  5. Scaly-breasted Munia
  6. Pied Triller
  7. Pacific Swallow
  8. Pied Fantail
  9. Zebra Dove
  10. White-collared Kingfisher
  11. Cinnamon Bittern
  12. Striated Grassbird
  13. Spotted Dove

A Migratory of the Coasts

It took me a while until I posted this,  due to many different reasons. One reason is that I am having my Trimestral Exams this week, and I had to do some studying. I actually put in mind not posting it at all, but of course you, my loyal readers, would not like that. I took the thought of not posting this out of my mind, and started typing.

I put my head down and peeked into the bush, something was moving inside, wagging its tail slightly. It was obviously a wader, a bit grayish-brown. I slowly got closer to the unknown bird, but then I flushed it. No matter, I was still able to see it quite enough to ID it. It was another Common Sandpiper.

There were relatively six species that were very common there that Sunday afternoon. The first two were too obvious, which were the Little Egret and Black-crowned Night Heron. The White-collared Kingfisher was very common, every minute we would at least see two White-collared Kingfishers fly in front of us and we would usually hear its loud call. Little Herons were more common today than all the other days we have been there, and so were Pacific Swallows.

The other bird was a bit of a surprise for me to see so many; Common Sandpipers, everywhere. The migration season is really starting to come out of its shell, and reveal itself. A month ago, I have never even seen a Common Sandpiper, but now here I am in LPPCHEA seeing dozens of them flying over the water occasionally landing on the shore or on rocks or boulders, hiding behind them making it hard for me and my Dad to see them.

Other than those birds we also spotted some others as well. The Yellow Bittern stayed in its usual spot, but it ran away once it saw me and my Dad coming closer. Deeper in LPPCHEA, we saw some electrical wires and on them were more birds. We first saw some Spotted Doves on these wires, they would occasionally drop on the ground and feed, I think. My Dad also saw a green bird looking like a parakeet. It looked like an escaped pet bird and it was not in the Kennedy Guide so we suspected that it was.

Going back to the neared side of LPPCHEA, we decided to go in what Ivan Sarenas (WBCP member) calls the Tiklingan” “Place of the Barred Rails”. We went inside and saw some Pied Fantails, hopping about and fanning their tails. We spotted one Barred Rail which flew immediately after sensing us coming. Once we reached what I think was the DENR station, we really wanted to see a lot of birds in the lagoon, sadly I think the yapping of the dog scared all the birds away.

Deeper inside we heard a very awful noise that I know, but cannot recall. We slowly tip-toed to where we heard them and at the sight of the bird, I remembered the call. It was the unpleasant call of the White-breasted Waterhen. One glimpse of it, then when it realized it was being stalked on; It ran into the vegetation.

We returned back to our car, the last birds we saw were Glossy Swiftlets as they flew above our heads, then the bats came out and replaced all the birds. I was very happy today because it was just the start of the migration season and already, migratory birds were everywhere. Excitement ran through my veins at the thought of what I will see once the migration season has reached its peak.

Bird List

  1. Little Egret
  2. Black-crowned Night Heron
  3. White-collared Kingfisher
  4. Little Heron
  5. Pacific Swallow
  6. Common Sandpiper
  7. Spotted Dove
  8. Yellow Bittern
  9. Barred Rail
  10. White-breasted Waterhen
  11. Pied Fantail
  12. Glossy Swiftlet

Pledge to Fledge Weekend (Part One)

For the past two days WBCP has been holding “Pledge to Fledge” Guided Trips  to the public. Guided Trips in which we try to “Fledge” non-birders to try on birding, most of the participants were actually some of the member’s friends and relatives. The word “Fledge” means to take care of a young bird until it is ready to fly.

Day one of the of the “Pledge to Fledge” weekend, I was a bit confused because I thought we weren’t going to join it. I originally thought we were going to UP Diliman, but to my surprise my dad said “Okay, were going to La Mesa Ecopark.” I thought he was messing with me, but then I knew he was serious as we passed the road on the way to La Mesa Ecopark.

We met with the other birders at the Spill Way and they were just as surprised to see us there as I was. I saw a group of 20+ participants, and each face was surely ready to learn more about birds. Before entering the actual park, Kuya Jun showed me a Common Kingfisher. It was so cute with its orange belly and blue-green back, definitely my favorite Kingfisher that I have seen so far.

We entered the park entrance, hoping to get lucky on the Ashy Ground-Thrush, but alas, no Ashies. We went deeper into La Mesa Ecopark, seeing Olive-backed Sunbirds on some heliconia plants and birds of paradise plants. I have now realized that knowing plants and trees are actually important in birding, so that you can tell what plants and trees do birds favor.

We spotted some Osprey before entering the Nature Trail, and inside the trail were some cute little Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers and Black-naped Orioles which got a lot of attention from the participants. Yellow-vented Bulbuls and Pied Fantails would show themselves once in a while

My dad saw the very first Rufous Paradise Flycatcher and I was disappointed because I thought I wouldn’t see one that day, but as I was walking down the path with Alain Pascua behind me. I saw something orange, in my mind I’m like “Dried Leaf?”, but the leaf moved “Rufous Paradise Flycatcher?!” I got my binoculars and sure enough, it was. I was so happy, and later on, everyone got a chance to see the Flycatchers.

We went out out of La Mesa Ecopark, and Kuya Jops collected the binoculars that were borrowed by the participants. Me and my Dad went to the Spill Way again, and saw some participants. One has been birding for a long time, but never joined the club, but he said he would soon. The other was his friend, a first time birder.

We saw some Little Herons and Little Egrets with Common Sandpipers, lifer. An Immature Black-crowned Night Heron was present  and still,  so were Barred Rails, swimming and drying themselves. Lowland White-eyes flew above and a White-eared Brown Dove perched itself on a small tree.

Little Egret <Photo by King Pandi>

Immature Black-crowned Night Heron

Barred Rails

I started raining so we had to leave, plus we were getting hungry, on the way out we saw some Pacific Swallows and a White-breasted Waterhen crossing the road, how ironic.

Bird List

  1. Common Kingfisher (Lifer)
  2. Olive-backed Sunbird
  3. Osprey
  4. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker
  5. Black-naped Oriole
  6. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  7. Pied Fantail
  8. Rufous Paradise Flycatcher (Lifer)
  9. Little Heron
  10. Little Egret
  11. Common Sandpiper
  12. Black-crowned Night Heron
  13. Barred Rail
  14. Lowland White-eye
  15. White-eared Brown Dove
  16. Pacific Swallow
  17. White-collared Kingfisher
  18. White-breasted Waterhen

to be continued…

Rain, Fog, and Crows

Subic Bay was once a Spanish Naval Base in the Philippines which played a major part in World War I and II and the Vietnam War. It was then converted to a Freeport Zone for export-import uses. Now, it is one of the best places vacationers love to go when in the Philippines. Several activities can be done there like Trekking, Snorkeling, Swimming, Scuba Diving, Horse-back Riding, Zip Lining, Jungle Survival, Sight Seeing, and my favorite Birding.

The rain was pouring as my Dad handed down money to the girl in the toll gate. We passed the toll gate, indicating that we were already in Subic. It was a long weekend, no school for Monday and Tuesday and it was Monday when we got here. We were with some of my local relatives and friends, and also some Canadian relatives, all of them have not tried birding, and have no plans to do so. There were no birds in the sky as the rain kept pouring, but after we had our lunch, me and my Dad saw two Large-billed Crows on an electrical post, and Crested Mynahs on a wire.

We checked in to Subic Homes which had an abundance of Crows and White-breasted Wood Swallows which I was able to show to my Tito and Tita. They were a bit interested to see those birds as I explained it to them the best I can. I see the Wood Swallows and ask myself “Why are they on the wires in the pouring rain, don’t they have nests?”

We went to Camayan Beach Resort to meet up with my relatives from Canada, and near the front entrance were some Pacific Swallows, but other than that, it was not a very birdy place. Monkeys though were plentiful there, stealing peoples food. I got a bit annoyed at one woman who took a picture of it with flash. The monkey growled at her. There is a reason why there is no flash photography in zoos and safaris, animals hate sudden bright flashes of light.

Me and my Dad decided to go out of the beach to bird as the rain lessened a bit. I got out of the water and got my binoculars. Swiftlets were everywhere as we went out; I tried to see if I could see a Pygmy Swiftlet among the hundreds of swiftlets that flew, but they were too fast and flying above us so it’s hard to ID them.

We saw more White-breasted Wood Swallows on the wires but then noticed that one bird was blue. It was a White-collared Kingfisher on the wire calling out as it flew away. We also heard some birds calling back at each other but can never find them, and somehow, I agree with my Dad’s statement and I’m sure most birders do too, “I hate those birds that keep calling out, but are very hard to find!”

We finally found a place with no cars and started seeing more birds. I got two lifers in that area, the White-eared Brown Dove in the trees, many of them; and the White-bellied Woodpecker, both genders and noticed that they nest in holes of the electric post, going in and out. At first i wasn’t able to see it, but my Dad was, then second time, I saw it and there were actually four of them.

Nest of the White-bellied Woodpecker

The day ended just like that, not many birds for the first day, but good thing were spending the night here.

The next morning we birded with my two Cousins, Kim and Paulo. The weather was still rainy, but it lessened once in a while. Again we saw Crows everywhere, but then White-throated Kingfishers started coming out. My two cousins seemed so interested as I explained the bird to them.

After a while of driving we finally found a good spot to bird, and I saw a lifer. It was a green bird with an orange-red bill, bluish on the crown and nape, with a sort of yellow stripe on the wing. It was Blue-naped Parrot, staying on the exposed branches for so long, with it on the same branches was an immature Black-naped Oriole, and a Dove I couldn’t ID. Philippine Bulbuls and some Drongos I can’t ID were also present.

Blue-naped Parrot <Photo by King Pandi>
Lifer no.59

We went to old Bat Kingdom which is now abandoned since the bats have moved. We saw a brown raptor with a dirty white belly and a a dark eye stripe. I was foggy so I could not ID it until it flew. It was hard to ID birds without the WBCP members around, being a newbie some birds are still very new to me.

As we were going back to Subic Homes, we passed by grasslands. We saw a whole flock of Crested Mynahs and an Immature Striated Grassbird on the fences of this grassland. Brahminy Kites flew above us as we passed through the grassland as well. I fell asleep in the car on the way back, but then my Dad woke me up to show me a bird. It was Philippine Coucal. I was so happy to see one, since it is another lifer.

I asked my Dad if I could try to take a picture of it with his camera. I think it turned out okay.

Philippine Coucal
Lifer no. 60

Inside Subic Homes, me and my Dad decided to bird some more and found Yellow-vented Bulbuls and two Coletos on a wire. We decided to bird once again in the place we went to a while ago, this time with my Tito Jag, but without Paulo. We saw some juvenille White-breasted Waterhens in the Mangroves, looking like black and white chicks, but just a bit bigger.

In the Old Bat Kingdom some more Black-naped Orioles and two Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers on a tree. My Dad hasn’t seen a Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker so its a lifer for him. Tito Jag took a few pictures with his camera and I was so happy to see him and Kim, his daughter and my cousin, were interested.

We decided to go to the Nabasan Area, sadly nothing but a Barred Rail and White-collared Kingfishers near a resort, since the time was already noon, the birds lessened. While going back we also saw a lone Little Egret in a ricefield.

We were finished birding and left Subic after our lunch, As we left the Crows followed us out, then returning back to the mountains of Subic, every few trees there was a crow. It was almost like they were giving us birders a fine farewell. We didn’t see much and I didn’t get that much lifers, but I am already content with what I got and there will always be a next time.

Bird List

  1. Large-billed Crow
  2. Crested Mynah
  3. White-breasted Wood Swallow
  4. Pacific Swallow
  5. Swiftlet sp.
  6. White-eared Brown Dove (Lifer)
  7. White-bellied Woodpecker (Lifer)
  8. Philippine Coucal (Lifer)
  9. White-collared Kingfisher
  10. White-throated Kingfisher
  11. Blue-naped Parrot (Lifer)
  12. Philippine Bulbul
  13. Glossy Swiftlet
  14. Black-naped Oriole
  15. Dove sp.
  16. Drongo sp.
  17. Raptor sp.
  18. Striated Grassbird
  19. Brahminy Kite
  20. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  21. Coleto
  22. White-breasted Waterhen
  23. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker
  24. Barred Rail
  25. Little Egret
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Lee's Birdwatching Adventures Plus

Birdwatching from a Christian Perspective

birds&pets&wildlife

For the Love of Wildlife,Pets & The Great Outdoors

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

An Artist's Eyes Never Rest

Wren's Nest

My life as a field biologist. Sanity, I miss you.

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The creative study of birds through art, photography, and writing

Chara Photographics

Random photo thoughts...

pindanpost

weather, climate, environment, energy, horticulture

Out, about and home

Photos from out, about and home