This Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) flew through our yard here on Siargao yesterday and perched on this coconut frond. Unfortunately, it was mostly obscured by a large mango tree and it was difficult to get an open view. But thought I’d share a few photos since this medium-sized migratory hawk is not a common sight […]
These are photos I took in 2017 of seventy-five different species of birds on Siargao island in the Philippines. Regular readers of this site will have seen many of these pictures before but thought I’d do a year-end ’round-up’. You can hover over each picture to see the English and scientific name of each bird […]
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!
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 […]
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…
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…
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 […]
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.
We spotted this Philippine pygmy squirrel climbing a coconut tree near our front porch very early this morning. Found only in the Mindanao Faunal Region this endemic species is also called the Mindanao pygmy squirrel. Locally it’s known as “buot“.