The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

A purple heron

Birds of Siargao

Here are a just a few of the many birds to be found on Siargao island in the Philippines. All pictures taken were taken recently near San Isidro and environs. Kindly stay tuned as we update with new photos and stories of birdwatching here on Siargao. Also, we’d be more than happy to join interested parties […]

May 18, 2017

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

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

The Paddyfield pipit, as its name suggests, is often associated with rice cultivation. It also inhabits other open areas and grasslands.

June 23, 2017

A Javan pond heron (Ardeola speciosa) in breeding plumage on Siargao Island.

Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa) in Breeding Plumage

A solitary Javan pond heron in the rice fields of Siargao. This migratory heron can be seen here with its prominent breeding plumage.

June 20, 2017


A Whiskered Tern in the Rice Paddies

A Whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida) seen this morning in the rice paddies of Del Pilar here on Siargao Island,

June 19, 2017


Tayangban Cave Pool in Pilar

We recently explored  Tayangbang cave in Pilar and cooled off in its refreshing swimming holes before picnicking in the lush garden setting

June 18, 2017

Philippine Crocodiles at Siargao’s Paghungawan Marsh

Today we went to Paghungawan Marsh to watch the release into the wild of twenty-nine critically endangered Philippine crocodiles.

June 17, 2017


Yellow-wattled Bulbul (Pycnonotus urostictus)

The yellow-wattled bulbul is another Philippine endemic seen fairly commonly on Siargao Island. The wattles in its name are the bright yellow rings seen around this bulbul’s eyes.

June 16, 2017


Tambokaka: The Flying Dragon

A dozen or so species of draco flying lizards find their home in the Philippines. Collectively known as tambokaka in this region, they glide gracefully between trees for distances up to sixty meters.

June 14, 2017

Philippine Serpent-eagle (Spilornis holospilus)

This Philippine serpent-eagle paid us a visit this morning and rested awhile on a lofty hardwood tree before circling off and resuming its hunt for prey.

June 11, 2017


Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax)

I’d just finished up getting some night shots of a flying lemur rustling around in a jackfruit tree this evening in front of our porch when I noticed this small golden tree frog sitting on the dead tree branches that host my wife’s epiphytic orchids.   For a small frog (it grows to 50 mm or about two […]

June 8, 2017

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A Brahminy Kite Across the River

 Across the River Late yesterday afternoon I spotted these brahminy kites across the river from our property. 

June 8, 2017