WildSiargao

The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Siargao

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) on Siargao island, Philippines

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus): First Lifer of 2018!

This Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) flew through our yard here on Siargao yesterday and perched on this coconut frond. Unfortunately, it was mostly obscured by a large mango tree and it was difficult to get an open view. But thought I’d share a few photos since this medium-sized migratory hawk is not a common sight […]

January 18, 2018

75 Birds of Siargao in 2017

These are photos I took in 2017 of seventy-five different species of birds on Siargao island in the Philippines. Regular readers of this site will have seen many of these pictures before but thought I’d do a year-end ’round-up’. You can hover over each picture to see the English and scientific name of each bird […]

December 26, 2017

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

Panggal rattan crab traps on Siargao island, Philippines

“Panggal” Rattan Crab Traps

These panggal crab traps were woven from rattan right here in San Isidro on Siargao island. Let’s see if we can catch some alimango!

October 20, 2017

Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) on Siargao island

A Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) Lifer on a Rainy Morning

With typhoon Lan (local name Paolo) passing by Siargao to the east and school canceled for the day, it seemed like a good time to go birding with The Teen and look around for vagrant or accidental birds blown inland by the offshore weather.

October 18, 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

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