Rice farming, Siargao, Philippines. August 2017

Siargao Rice Farming Update. August 1st, 2017

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Let’s check in on this season’s rice farming in the fields of Del Pilar in San Isidro here on Siargao island.

Rice farming. Siargao island, Philippines.
Insectiside is sprayed on the growing rice to control pests.

 

Rice farming. Siargao island, Philippines.
A farmer uses his machete to make a tether for his carabao.

 

Rice farming. Siargao island, Philippines.
These catfish are caught with worms on a hook in the muddy irrigation streams running through the rice fields. Cooked with coconut milk, ginger, garlic, chili and vinegar they will make a filling breakfast for this hungry farmer.

Rice farming, Siargao, Philippines. August 2017

 

Rice farming. Siargao island, Philippines.

These buildings are used to house rice field workers during the planting and harvest seasons. After harvest, they’re used to store sacks of rice before they’re transported to town for sale.

 

 

Rice farming. Siargao island, Philippines. Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus(.
The Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) atop a pile of rice straw.

This pile of rice straw will most likely be burned and and left on the field before the next ploughing. Read more about the Paddyfield Pipit here.

Philippine Ducks *Anas luzonica) and Wandering Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata)
With the ripening rice growing taller, the wetland birds are becoming more difficult to spot.

Do you remember our primer on ducks? Which ducks do you see here?

The Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea). Siargao island, Philippines.
The Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea) is a waterbird in the rail and crake family, Rallidae.

While not the best in-flight photo of a Watercock, this was a ‘lifer’ for me this morning. Living in marshy vegetation, such as rice fields, the Watercock feeds on insects, small fish, and seeds. Due to pressure from hunters, it’s become somewhat difficult to find.

Rice farming, Siargao, Philippines. August 2017

 


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