Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Our Backyard Birds

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Updates have been a little slow of late after I took a spill down a mountainside just after photographing that Handsome Sunbird nest. Being temporarily restricted to sedentary observation of our backyard birds, I thought I’d showcase those seen most commonly around our house these days.

Looks like there’s some pelagic birding in store for next weekend though so be sure and stay tuned! In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at some recent photos of Siargao’s most frequently seen backyard birds…

 Red-keeled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum australe)
The ever-present Red-keeled Flowerpecker.

 

A juvenile Olive-backed Sunbird
A juvenile Olive-backed Sunbird

 

 Black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
A Black-naped Oriole. Some adult orioles have been teaching their young to fly right behind our house. We’re hoping for some action shots of that soon!

 

The Philippine pied fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis)
The Philippine Pied Fantail is an active all-day visitor and has a nest down near our duck cages. Largely insectivorous, you can see in this photo the rictal bristles it uses to catch its prey.

 

The Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Another reliable early-morning visitor seen flying around the tops of our coconut trees is the Pied Triller.

 

Coleto (Sarcops calvus)
Many Coletos can be seen throughout the day in the forest understory. A distinctive Philippine endemic, this pair was spotted from the veranda of our restaurant.

 

The Purple-throated Sunbird (Leptocoma sperata)
A female Purple-throated Sunbird. These seem to be in a constant state of activity and are always in the guava tree outside our front door.

 

The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
A gentle and familiar “te-croo-croo” call starting just after sunrise announces the arrival of the Spotted Dove.

 

The Rufous-fronted Tailorbird (Orthotomus frontalis)
The Rufous-fronted Tailorbird (Orthotomus frontalis).

Regular followers of our WildSiargao Facebook page will be familiar with the recent local abundance of this tailorbird which is limited in range to the Southern Philippines. They seem to be nesting, hatching, and learning to fly all over the place at the moment!

All of these ‘backyard birds’ can be seen reliably around here on any given day so drop by anytime and we’ll be happy to point them out for you!


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