WBCP and DENR-BMB Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

by Gina Mapua WBCP signed a formal agreement with the DENR-BMB to work for the protection and conservation of birds and their habitats. WBPC President Gina Mapua calls on WBCP members to help by working on the ethics and protocol of birdwatching and bird photography, coordinating with the BMB on their rehabilitation and release projects,…

Photo of the Month – December 2014

by Marester Bas Macasiano Husband and wife birders Marester Bas Macasiano and Clemn “Boymac” Macasiano had the rare experience of seeing and photographing the endangered Japanese Night Heron while birding in Negros Oriental. IUCN classifies this bird as endangered. It breeds in Japan and is described as highly migratory. It has been recorded in Taiwan,…

Birding Destination: Samar Island Natural Park

by Carmela Balcazar Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) is a birding area in the Visayas. Some of the target birds there are: Samar Hornbill, Rufous Hornbill, Visayan Blue Fantail, Visayan Miniature Babbler, Pink Imperial Pigeon,Visayan Broadbill, Steere’s Pitta, Mindanao Bleeding Heart, Rufous-lored Kingfisher, Celestial Monarch, and Little Slaty Flycatcher. This is one of the first…

November 2014 Roundup

November 3, 2014  – GMA News Interview Quezon City Mike Lu shared a series of photos posted by Bob Kaufman on the fb-WBCP page. The photos were of bird carcasses – Black-naped Oriole, Phil Bulbul and Coppersmith Barbet. One photo even featured two hunters with more than a dozen guns. The hunter even said he…

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 2

by Christian Perez This is the highly anticipated continuation of Christian Perez’s series of articles on the major publications on Philippine birds throughout the years. This second part covers the remainder of the 18th century. Introduction Part 1 of this series of articles reviewed the ground-breaking works of Kamel, Brisson and Sonnerat. This second part…

Photo of the Month – November

by Nilo Arribas Jr. Nilo captures an unusual view of one of the speediest fliers in the country. According to the Kennedy guide, Brown-backed Needletails “are considered by some to have the fastest average flying speed of any bird”.   BROWN-BACKED NEEDLETAIL Hirundapus giganteus Puerto Princesa, Palawan 03/02/2014 Canon 40D + 600mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO400,…