WildSiargao

The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Wildlife

golden-headed cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

A cisticola is a kind of warbler; the Golden-headed Cisticola ranges from India to Australia and can be found throughout the Philippines.

August 22, 2017

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.┬áNot 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

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 Philippine sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus) on Siargao island.

The Philippine Sailfin Lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus)

We’ve written before about the large sailfin lizards┬áthat lurk outside our kitchen window. Recently, I’ve been seeing smaller juvenile sailfin lizards in the river out back. While they are skittish and will bolt and scamper over water when alarmed, they do often rest unobserved for long periods on rocks and branches.

July 28, 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 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

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