With typhoon Lan (local name Paolo) passing by Siargao to the east and school canceled for the day, it seemed like a good time to go birding with The Teen and look around for vagrant or accidental birds blown inland by the offshore weather.
The Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) is a migratory winter visitor to the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. While it breeds in China, the Korean peninsula, and Siberia this accipiter can be found around the Philippine archipelago from August to May. This one has been hanging around our Siargao yard hunting frogs all week!
The turnstone breeds in the high arctic and subarctic tundra but (understandably) heads south for the winter. We see it arriving on Siargao starting in September of each year.
My nephew Miljune came to hang out today; he really likes birds and lizards and stuff so we get along famously. Not 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Found in wetlands around the country the Philippine duck (or mallard) is the only duck endemic to the Philippine archipelago.
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.