The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Birds

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Our Backyard Birds

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 […]

August 13, 2017

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) on Siargao island.

Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella)

This Handsome Sunbird (yes, that’s really its name!) nest was spotted while climbing up a steep slope on the back of our property here on Siargao island early this morning. I found a spot nearby to sit, wait and watch for the sunbirds to return.

August 4, 2017

The Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops) on Siargao island.

The Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops)

The Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops) is often heard around our backyard but until today it’s been a challenge to photograph. I was happy to get a few shots of this Philippine endemic cuckoo as it moved around the trees next to the river this morning.

July 27, 2017

Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao Island.

The Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao Island.

Found in wetlands around the country the Philippine duck (or mallard) is the only duck endemic to the Philippine archipelago.

July 6, 2017

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

The White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

The White-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea) is a bird in the family of rails (Rallidae). I’ve found it be somewhat secretive and it usually runs quickly for cover when spotted so I was happy to get this series of pictures in a flooded rice field a few days ago.

June 24, 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 ternĀ (Chlidonias hybrida) seen this morning in the rice paddies of Siargao Island,

A Whiskered Tern in the Rice Paddies

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

June 19, 2017

Yellow-wattled Bulbul (Pycnonotus urostictus) on Siargao Island.

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

Philippine Serpent-eagle (Spilornis holospilus)

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