The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Tag: Birdwatching

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

Red-keeled Flowerpecker and Nest

This morning we walked to some neighbouring houses along the river to buy a few crabs. We were a bit late however and the crabs were sold out and the villagers were already occupied with making nipa roofing panels. However right above their heads I spotted the nest of a red-keeled flowerpecker and a a hyper-active parent […]

May 22, 2017

coconut bird feeders

How to Make: Coconut Bird Feeders

Today we’re going to tackle a fun, cheap, and easy backyard project: how to make coconut shell bird feeders.

May 20, 2017

The Pied Triller

The pied triller, a year-round resident here on Siargao, can be frequently seen around habitation, farmland and forest edges.

May 19, 2017

Birds of Siargao

Birds of Siargao Here are a just a few of the many birds to be found on Siargao island in the Philippines. All pictures taken were taken recently near San Isidro and environs. Kindly stay tuned as we update with new photos and stories of birdwatching here on Siargao. Also, we’d be more than happy to […]

May 18, 2017

White-breated woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)

White-breasted woodswallows (Artamus leucorynchus)

The white-breasted woodswallows are a pleasure to watch as they are agile aerial acrobats. Their diet mostly consists of insects caught in flight so they are quite active and easily observable in mid-air.  A brushy tongue also helps the white-breasted woodswallow consume its second favorite meal: flower nectar.

April 29, 2017