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Flight of the Banog, Plight of the Bagobo

Photographing the Philippine Eagles at Mt. Apo Natural Park It was discovered in 1895 and was named Monkey-eating Eagle. In 1965, wildlife biologist Dioscoro Rabor called the attention of the world of the eagle’s dwindling population. In 1966, President Ferdinand Marcos declared it a protected species, established a conservation program in 1969, and in 1978, …

Starting ‘Em Young

I have re-started introducing wild bird photography lessons to my 11-year old son Vinz. Yesterday, June 8, 2014, I brought him along with fellow wild bird photographers from Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, Inc. (WBPP) to Bangkong Kahoy Valley Resort in Dolores, Quezon. We woke up at 3:30am and we travelled for more than two hours. I lent …

Do they celebrate Mother’s Day too?

Every second Sunday of May, the entire humanity celebrates Mother’s Day to give recognition and pay homage to mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. Do the birds celebrate Mother’s Day too? The mother eagle started picking up some leaves, cutting off some small branches …

Birds of Ilocos Norte (Part II)

Bird photography and birdwatching in Ilocos Norte is on the rise. The city of Laoag and the towns of Paoay, Pasuquin, Burgos, Bangui, Pagudpud, Adams and Vintar offer birding areas where rare endemic and migratory birds can be found. Part I of this series features birds photographed in Gabu, Lagui and Paoay Lake in the city …

Birds of Ilocos Norte (Part I)

Ilocos Norte is starting to become an interesting birding area where one finds rare endemic and migratory birds. I have first birded the province in 2010 when I and Jonard Gabrino were invited by Laoag-based birdwatchers Doc Petrus Calupe and Richard Ruiz of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP). I was joined later by Wild Bird Photographers of the …

Birds of Mt. Polis

Mt. Polis at the boundary of the provinces of Ifugao and Mountain Province, just after the famous town of Banaue and before Sagada is one good site for birding and photographing montane birds, many endemic to Luzon and the Philippines. Montane birds are birds that can only be found at high elevations, usually above 1,000 …

Birds at Naujan Lake

From January 23 to 25, 2014, we birded in Oriental Mindoro. Our first day and the following morning was spent at the Naujan Lake National Park. Naujan Lake in Oriental Mindoro is the 5th largest lake in the Philippines. It is about about 14 km from north to south, and 7 km from east to west, …

Close Encounters with Mindoro Birds

Naujan Lake offers waterbird species, and during the bird migration season, most of these are migratory birds. But the island of Mindoro offeres Mindoro endemics and subspecies of birds that can only be found in the island. These Mindoro endemics include the Tamaraw (dwarf water buffalo). Mindoro also hosts Philippine Warty Pigs, Philippine Deer, Hairy-tailed …

Chasing Pato Tsinas in Naujan

I almost laugh when I heard the folks say, “Pato Tsinas.” It even went crazier when WBPP Fellow Bj Capacite, Jr. pronounced Naujan as “Naw-dyan” giving a Chinese tone to the lake’s name. Pato Chinas are what the common folks call the Tufted Ducks that regularly winter by the thousands in Naujan Lake. In the year 2000, about 12,000 …

A New Hope for Haring Ibon

MT. APO NATURAL PARK, MINDANAO. It came out of its shell on December 23, 2013 heralding a new hope for the vanishing breed of the largest and most majestic eagle in the world – the Great Philippine Eagle. It is the world’s rarest raptor, albeit critically endangered because of the continuing loss of its natural habitat, …