A Zamboanga Adventure – Part 1

Many heartfelt thanks to Mary June Bugante who put together this amazing trip to Zamboanga. It was a feast of birds, sights, Zamboanga cuisine and laughs and camaraderie. Since the job of writing about four days’ worth of adventure for our Ebon newsletter seemed like an onerous job, we all decided to assign one person…

A Birder-Foodie’s List: Zamboanga

by Karen Ochavo During the Zamboanga club trip on the first weekend of October, our group absolutely enjoyed not only the birding but also the eating! The food in Zamboanga is greatly influenced by its history, local culture, and natural environment. Many of us were first time visitors to “Asia’s Latin City”, so several of…

Some notes and observations on the distinctiveness of the female Visayan Shama including apparent first photographs

by contributing writer Brendan Sloan Note: This article was recently published in the latest issue of BirdingASIA Visayan Shama Kittacincla superciliaris was long considered to be conspecific, essentially the same species, as White Browed Shama Kittacincla luzoniensis which occurs further north in the Philippines mostly on the large island of Luzon. That taxa is split…

Birder Profiles: Q&A with Records Committee and Execom Members

by Ruth Francisco AJ, ecologist, ornithologistBorn in Denmark, raised in Copenhagen Christian, retireeBorn and raised in France Gina, looking for a job or businessBorn and raised in Bacolod City Willem, conservation biologist from Someren, Netherlands Childhood Dream Job AJ: ZookeeperChristian: Air pilotGina: Ballerina (‘till I realized I had absolutely no rhythm)Willem: Carpenter or pilot Favorite…

ORIS Project for the Conservation of the Isabela Oriole

by Joni Acay The Isabela Oriole was categorized as a Critically Endangered species under the IUCN Red List and the just recently updated Philippine Red List of Threatened Species. With very little known information about this bird, it was presumed that there are less than 250 mature individuals left in the wild. This served as…