The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Tag: Wildlife

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

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

A Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) on Siargao Island.

A Brahminy Kite Across the River

Late yesterday afternoon I spotted these brahminy kites across the river from our property. 

June 8, 2017

A Hydrosaurus Sailfin Lizard on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

A Hydrosaurus Sailfin Lizard

This sailfin lizard of the genus Hydrosaurus paused just long enough outside of our house this afternoon for me to get a few pictures.

June 7, 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

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


Purple Heron in Flight

While it’s not uncommon to see the purple heron (Ardea purpurea) flying singly around the island, getting a shot in flight remains a challenge for me. Yesterday while approaching a pond near San Isidro, I inadvertently flushed this purple heron along with a few wandering whistling ducks. The latter took off too fast for me […]

May 8, 2017