Through the Binoculars of a Rookie Birder

by Michael Ancheta Chua When I joined the WBCP in October of last year, I immediately set my sights on birding in Subic. I was always enchanted by the birds of the forest, especially parrots. I remember repeatedly asking Jops when would we have a club trip there. Eventually he told me that there was…

Racing to the Win! The 2nd WBCP Bird Race

by Trinket Constantino with photos from Tinggay Cinco, Adri Constantino, and Gwen So When Jelaine asked me if I was interested in assembling a team for the 2nd WBCP Bird Race, I immediately answered in the affirmative!  I had also taken part in the 1st WBCP bird race way back in 2007 – and it…

The 2019 Earth Day Celebration at Arroceros Park

By Tinggay R. Cinco The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines participated in the Earth Day Celebration last April 13, 2019 at Arroceros  Park organized by the Winner Foundation.  The event highlighted the importance of Arroceros Park as the last remaining urban forest in Manila, dubbed as the “last lung of the city.”  As a…

Birdwatching 101: Bird Plumage

by Djop Tabaranza Among the representatives of the animal kingdom, birds are the only group which have feathers.  Feathers are specialized skin covers that are collectively known as “plumage.”  The term “plumage” was derived from the Latin “pluma” which means feathers and refers to the bird’s collective feather covering, including its colors and patterns.  During…

March-April 2019 Round-up

Compiled by Mike Lu March 2 – Guided trip in Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park The Club conducted a guided trip at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park for a group of homeschool kids. Participants started at the Wetland Center and ended at Pond 1.  Migratory birds were not as many but there was a good diversity…

RARE MIGRATORY BIRD SPECIES SIGHTED ON FLIGHT OVER PAMPANGA ISLET

By Lu-Ann Fuentes-Bajarias Credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer, where this story first ran on January 15, 2019 (Ref: goo.gl/Xm1Eck).   EAST ASIAN-AUSTRALASIAN FLYWAY     Three globally endangered black-faced spoonbills (Platalea minor) were seen flying over Bangkung Malapad islet in Sasmuan town, Pampanga province, on January 12, more than 100 years after its last recorded sighting in Manila Bay.   The…