WildSiargao

The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Tag: nature

Draco cyanopterus on Siargao island

Draco Cyanopterus

We’ve written before about the tambokaka (flying lizards) of Siargao island. Recently I was able to get some better photos of this particular species named Draco cyanopterus and some of its diagnostic features. While this lizard is familiar to Siargao natives, the range map for this species doesn’t include Siargao and we’ve received some interest from the […]

September 4, 2017

Mindanao Hornbill (Penelopides affinis) on Siargao island.

Mindanao Hornbill (Penelopides affinis)

A pair of these Mindanao Hornbills, preceded by their noisy call noisy, flew by yesterday. An hour or so later a solitary hornbill of the same species came and perched in our gmelina tree for just a few moments before moving on…

August 29, 2017

sailfin lizard on siargao island

Sailfin Lizard in the Treetops!

This sailfin lizard is easily the largest we’ve seen around our property here on Siargao island in the Philippines. And it showed up in such an unexpected spot…

August 27, 2017

Siargao kids birdwatching

Siargao Birding with My Nephew Miljune

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 […]

August 15, 2017

The Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops) on Siargao island.

The Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops)

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.

July 27, 2017

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

Philippine Serpent-eagle (Spilornis holospilus)

Philippine Serpent-eagle (Spilornis holospilus)

This Philippine serpent-eagle paid us a visit this morning and rested awhile on a lofty hardwood tree before circling off and resuming its hunt for prey.

June 11, 2017

Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) on Siargao Island.

Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax)

I’d just finished up getting some night shots of a flying lemur rustling around in a jackfruit tree this evening in front of our porch when I noticed this small golden tree frog sitting on the dead tree branches that host my wife’s epiphytic orchids.   For a small frog (it grows to 50 mm or about two […]

June 8, 2017

Edward Harrison Taylor; The Pioneering Mindanao Herpetologist (and a Spy!)

Reading recently through some older scientific journals on Mindanao fauna I kept seeing citations for Taylor (1934). This it turns out is Philippine Land Mammals: a monograph published in Manila by the Bureau of Science.   While an invaluable early scientific document of Philippine mammal species and their distribution, it’s full of things like cranial measurements of rats […]

May 11, 2017