The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Mindanao

Mud fight at the Buhing Kalipay reservoir.

Mud fights, Pomelo Harvest, Medicinal Vines, and Some Boxing Day Birding.

On the morning of December 26th, Boxing Day, we decided to take a walk and work off some of the heavy holiday meals. We headed out for the village of Buhing Kalipay (also known as Borawin) here on Siargao island and for once it was a nice sunny blue sky day (it’s been pretty wet […]

December 26, 2017

Philippine Pygmy Squirrel (Exilisciurus concinnus) on Siargao Island.

Philippine Pygmy Squirrel (Exilisciurus concinnus)

We spotted this Philippine pygmy squirrel climbing a coconut tree near our front porch very early this morning. Found only in the Mindanao Faunal Region this endemic species is also called the Mindanao pygmy squirrel. Locally it’s known as “buot“.

July 9, 2017

The Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) at Paghungawan Marsh in Pilar, Siargao.

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

A Hydrosaurus Sailfin Lizard on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

A Hydrosaurus Sailfin Lizard

This sailfin lizard of the genus Hydrosaurus paused just long enough outside of our house this afternoon for me to get a few pictures.

June 7, 2017

The Rufous-fronted tailorbird (orthotomus frontalis) on Siargao Island.

Rufous-fronted Tailorbird

The Rufous-fronted tailorbird (orthotomus frontalis) is another Philippine endemic found here on Siargao Island.

June 6, 2017

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

Machete Making on Siargao: The Completed Project

Our machete making project with Pacquiao, the village blacksmith in San Isidro here on Siargao Island, was completed and delivered yesterday. We think he did a great job and are pleased with his work. Let’s take a look!

May 28, 2017

Tobacco Vendor

Every Wednesday morning just around 5:30 we get a visit from the tobacco vendor from Dapa. People wake up early around here but there’s not too much traffic that time of day and usually he displays his wares for sale right on the road.

May 24, 2017

Ordering Machetes at the Village Blacksmith Shop

This afternoon we finally got around to visiting, consulting, negotiating, and placing orders for a few projects with our village blacksmith. His forge and smithy is just south of San Isidro on the way to Tigasao. 

May 23, 2017

Birds of Siargao

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 […]

May 18, 2017

Edward Harrison Taylor; The Pioneering Mindanao Herpetologist (and a Spy!)

Reading recently through some older scientific journals on Mindanao fauna I kept seeing citations for Taylor (1934). This it turns out is Philippine Land Mammals: a monograph published in Manila by the Bureau of Science.   While an invaluable early scientific document of Philippine mammal species and their distribution, it’s full of things like cranial measurements of rats […]

May 11, 2017