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A Kingfisher With Many Names

Articles To the veteran wild bird photographer, this particular Kingfisher is very familiar and very recognizable. Compared to the rest of the Kingfishers found in the Philippine Forests, it is relatively common, making them a spectacle to behold for a beginner birder/bird photographer. This is the first Kingfisher I ever photographed during my first birding …

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Blazing Blue

Articles During my first sortie of 2022,  I stopped by a particular trail where multiple Whiskered Treeswifts took off and landed on the same perch. I took the opportunity to grab my tripod to photograph the said Treeswifts out in the open. This gave me multiple perched shots of the Treeswift, but what I really …

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Cuckooshrike On Top!

Articles It all started slowly driving past my traditional birding route in Subic. I heard a couple of high-rising whistle notes coming from one of the tall trees. I wasn’t sure what to make of it because I hadn’t heard of this particular call before. So I patiently waited for the bird to come out …

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One That Is Lovely

Articles Only a few birds in the world are adorned with such vibrant colors mixed in an iconic palette that makes them stand out from the rest. Some of these birds can even stand out with their names alone, shying away from the descriptive words and going for a unique character with a flare. The …

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Alimukon

Articles Alimukon (also spelled as Alimokon) is the local name of the Buff-eared Brown-dove, a Philippine dove species endemic to West Visayas, Tablas, Sibuyan, and Cebu. Last 2016 was my first encounter with the Alimokon during a trip to Negros Occidental with my dad. Our primary goal during that sortie was to photograph the endangered …

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Dimly Lit Ash

Articles La Mesa Ecopark (LMEP), July 2021. Birders started to congregate in the LMEP area, waiting for the appearance of a rare Northern Rufous Paradise Flycatcher that was observed a couple of days before. It was undoubtedly the target to behold because it is a difficult bird to find, and that birders could see it …

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Talakiwan

Articles This is the Northern Indigo-banded Kingfisher, a small Blue-orange Kingfisher endemic to the Philippines. The Subic Aeta tribe calls the Northern Indigo-banded Kingfisher “Talakiwan.” The tribe refers to the Talakiwan as a guardian bird that signals the community when something is crossing the stream. I stumbled upon this individual in a small stream within …

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