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
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.
Just a ten-minute boat ride from the popular tourist site of Sugba Lagoon and forty-five minutes from the port of Del Carmen, lies Megancub Island with its
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 […]
Recently we gathered cacao pods from their trees in the barangay of Libertad here on Siargao Island. After opening the pods to collect the nibs inside we took advantage of the excellent weather yesterday to dry them in the sun to make tablea cacao tablets for the favourite Philippine chocolate drink tsokolate.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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.
This area has become my new favorite birding hotspot. Right now you can reliably see egrets in breeding plumage and an abundance of Philippine mallards and Purple herons as well as many other avian visitors. I’ll be writing a post soon about how to find the new farm-to-market road which leads through these fields and […]