While in the Philippines, Shey and I went birding whenever we could. Here was a chance to find birds we otherwise could never find. Studying beforehand, we knew we really wanted to find Sunbirds. We didn’t find as many species as we hoped, but we still found many interesting birds.
Olive-Backed Sunbird. We found lots of these much to our pleasure. Locals call them Tikling
We found two species of Doves (locals call them, Tucmo). This is a Zebra Dove
Pied Fantail. These striking birds like to fanout their tails, hence the name. Locals call them Bilad Bilad.
A rare White-Throated Kingfisher (hard to see the throat in this one).
White-Collared Kingfisher. We saw LOTS. Thrilling every time we saw one. This fellow was eating a small crab when we found him.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow. They look a lot like American House Sparrows, and they are just as prolific. The most common bird by far. Locals call them, Maya. We found them in the rice fields a lot. Not a popular bird with the farmers.
Philippines Frogmouth. A very lucky find, and hard to spot. It’s so still, I thought it was a piece of wood. I got within 8 feet of it and it never moved.
Yellow-Rumped Bulbul. It’s hard to see the rump in this. You can see it better in flight. Curiously, in the Visayas (where I photographed the bird), “Bulbul” means “Pubic Hair.” I wonder if the guy who named the bird knew that.
Another Olive-backed Sunbird
This scary-looking bird actually has a sweet song. It’s a Glossy-Eyed Starling. This is very common. Locals call them Galansiung.
White-Breasted Wood Swallow. They also perched on wood occasionally. 😉
Another kind of Dove (Tucmo). This is a Spotted Dove. How many Doves can you see?
Chestnut Munia. We found them everywhere. And yes, they have a bluish beak.
Javan Pond Heron is full breeding plumage. We lucked out.
And now the icing on the cake. A Scarlett Sunbird. We spent hours trying to get a pic of this bird. It flits around so fast it’s hard to catch it sitting still.