The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

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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

These woven traps are called 'pangal' and used solely for crab fishing. Siargao Island in the Philippines.

Crab Traps and Rooster Sparring.

I wrote yesterday about the raptor which briefly and noisily presented itself for a few quick photos on the tidal river here in San Isidro on Siargao Island. While we jokingly asked if this could be a crow, another question of identification soon presented itself.

June 5, 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

The Morning Shrimp Catch

We walked down to the river this morning at 6 o’clock to watch the shrimp catch come in (and to buy some for our breakfast shrimp and corn grits). These are the handmade traps constructed of split bamboo and plastic netting: The traps are baited inside using white coconut meat: Everyone waits patiently for the […]

April 28, 2017

What to do with Carabao Horns?

I’d been looking around for some carabao (water buffalo) horns. We have a project in the works to make some machetes at the village blacksmith’s and will use the horns for the handles. 

April 12, 2017

Staring down a Yellowfin Tuna

This  fishmonger from Santa Monica came by at six o’clock this morning with the catch of the day: we got a 2.7 kilogram yellowfin tuna for a lunchtime bbq. 

April 11, 2017

10th Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament

Opening Ceremony Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament – Today, April 6, 2017 was the opening ceremony for the 10th celebration of the fishing tournament. At around

April 6, 2017

Building Dugout Canoes in San Isidro, Siargao

This week we’ll be visiting with our neighbours here in San Isidro as we reveal their step by step process of building dugout canoes. In addition, they are building six native river canoes with

April 5, 2017

Fisherman tending crab traps

Behind our house in San Isidro a fisherman readies his crab traps.

April 1, 2017