The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Wildlife

Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).

Purple-throated Sunbirds (Leptocoma sperata)

Okay, it’s hard to see the purple throat of this Purple-throated sunbird unless you observe this bird in just the right direct sunlight, but sometimes you can. The Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) is another year-round resident in the Philippines. Here on Siargao it’s not seen quite as often as the ubiquitous Olive-backed sunbird but it’s not uncommon […]

April 14, 2017

The Coleto (Sarcops calvus).

A Philippine Endemic The Coleto is another of the commonly seen birds on Siargao Island. Often spotted around forest edges and on coconut palms, the Coleto (sarcops calvus) is a Philippine endemic.

April 6, 2017

Silangga (at Globe Tower)

An hour hike from the rice-farming village of Mabini (a barangay of Santa Monica) led me to one of the highest places on Siargao: the main Globe Telecom tower. The trail starts out easy enough but is quite steep and unmarked on the final approach to the top. You can’t get lost though as you […]

April 5, 2017

I am not a hummingbird!

Many visitors to Siargao tell me they’ve seen a few hummingbirds around the island. However, the hummingbird’s range is actually restricted to the Western Hemisphere. What’s actually being referred to is the Olive-backed sunbird, which you’ll find in great numbers around the island. They’re the birds I see in my backyard more than any other. This […]

April 5, 2017

White-Collared Kingfisher

Another species to add in our list of the birds can be easily found here on Siargao Island. Consequently, it is familiar to everyone on the island. The Collared kingfisher is locally called “takray”. Other English names are White-collared kingfisher and Mangrove kingfisher. This noisy medium-sized kingfisher can be easily spotted on tree branches and electrical […]

April 5, 2017

One wary Little egret

This Little Egret arrived at our boat landing exactly four in the afternoon everyday for week. Took some patience as they’re wary and spook easily but I finally got a passable shot.

April 2, 2017

Welcome to WildSiargao.com

We’d like to welcome all our new readers. Our aim is to share stories and photos about the people, places and wildlife of Siargao, our island home here in the Philippines. We warmly invite you to join us in this conversation about our favourite place. Cheers, Greg and the www.wildsiargao.com team

March 31, 2017