The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

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 tern (Chlidonias hybrida) seen this morning in the rice paddies of Siargao Island,

A Whiskered Tern in the Rice Paddies

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

June 19, 2017

Tayangban Cave Pool in Pilar, Siargao.

Tayangban Cave Pool in Pilar

We recently explored  Tayangbang cave in Pilar and cooled off in its refreshing swimming holes before picnicking in the lush garden setting

June 18, 2017

The Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) at Paghungawan Marsh in Pilar, Siargao.

Philippine Crocodiles at Siargao’s Paghungawan Marsh

Today we went to Paghungawan Marsh to watch the release into the wild of twenty-nine critically endangered Philippine crocodiles.

June 17, 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

Tambokaka: The Philippine Flying Dragon

Tambokaka: The Flying Dragon

A dozen or so species of draco flying lizards find their home in the Philippines. Collectively known as tambokaka in this region, they glide gracefully between trees for distances up to sixty meters.

June 14, 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