WildSiargao

The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Welcome to WildSiargao.com

We’d like to welcome all our new readers. Our aim is to share stories and photos about the people, places and wildlife of Siargao, our island home here in the Philippines. We warmly invite you to join us in this conversation about our favourite place. Cheers, Greg and the www.wildsiargao.com team

March 31, 2017

Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) on Siargao island, Philippines.

A Migratory Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) in our Backyard

The Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) is a migratory winter visitor to the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. While it breeds in China, the Korean peninsula, and Siberia this accipiter can be found around the Philippine archipelago from August to May. This one has been hanging around our Siargao yard hunting frogs all week!

October 16, 2017

ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) on Siargao island

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

  The turnstone breeds in the high arctic and subarctic tundra but (understandably) heads south for the winter. We see it arriving on Siargao starting in September of each year.

September 14, 2017

Draco cyanopterus on Siargao island

Draco Cyanopterus

We’ve written before about the tambokaka (flying lizards) of Siargao island. Recently I was able to get some better photos of this particular species named Draco cyanopterus and some of its diagnostic features. While this lizard is familiar to Siargao natives, the range map for this species doesn’t include Siargao and we’ve received some interest from the […]

September 4, 2017

The Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao island.

Siargao Rice Field Ducks in Late August

With some recent August rains the rice field ponds here on Siargao are again hosting a great number of Philippine and Wandering Whistling Ducks.

August 31, 2017

Mindanao Hornbill (Penelopides affinis) on Siargao island.

Mindanao Hornbill (Penelopides affinis)

A pair of these Mindanao Hornbills, preceded by their noisy call noisy, flew by yesterday. An hour or so later a solitary hornbill of the same species came and perched in our gmelina tree for just a few moments before moving on…

August 29, 2017

sailfin lizard on siargao island

Sailfin Lizard in the Treetops!

This sailfin lizard is easily the largest we’ve seen around our property here on Siargao island in the Philippines. And it showed up in such an unexpected spot…

August 27, 2017

Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island

Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island

Okay, it’s not really a lemur and it can’t really fly but this Philippine flying lemur is an interesting and regular visitor to our nighttime yard. Usually it comes to our attention shortly after sunset as it begins moving through the guava and jackfruit trees.

August 22, 2017

Philippine boys fishing with roots

Rice Field Fishing with Nets (and Roots!)

Walking past these kids, I couldn’t help but ask what they were up to. They said they were “going fishing” but instead of a cane pole and some worms they were carrying tangled roots. This would require some investigation…

August 22, 2017

golden-headed cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

A cisticola is a kind of warbler; the Golden-headed Cisticola ranges from India to Australia and can be found throughout the Philippines.

August 22, 2017

Siargao kids birdwatching

Siargao Birding with My Nephew Miljune

My nephew Miljune came to hang out today; he really likes birds and lizards and stuff so we get along famously. Not long after he arrived we heard some noisy rustling of dried palm fronds behind the house. Not sure if it was a large bird or perhaps a sailfin lizard we rushed outside to check […]

August 15, 2017