The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Tag: Birdwatching

Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).

Purple-throated Sunbirds (Leptocoma sperata)

Okay, it’s hard to see the purple throat of this Purple-throated sunbird unless you observe this bird in just the right direct sunlight, but sometimes you can. The Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) is another year-round resident in the Philippines. Here on Siargao it’s not seen quite as often as the ubiquitous Olive-backed sunbird but it’s not uncommon […]

April 14, 2017

The Coleto (Sarcops calvus).

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.

April 6, 2017

Silangga (at Globe Tower)

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 […]

April 5, 2017