Bird Photo of the Month: Mindoro Hawk-Owl

Photo by Mark Jason Villa Mindoro Hawk-Owl Ninox mindorensis March 2013 Owls, being the night creatures that they are, are usually feared or associated with the supernatural especially when they are heard calling unseen in dark places. Imagine hearing an unknown sound coming from somewhere in the dark, only to see a pair of yellow (or…

Bird Photo of the Month: Walden’s Hornbill

Photo by Wenxing Pan Walden’s Hornbill Aceros waldeni Alegre, Sebaste, Panay Island April 2017 “The Walden’s Hornbill (Aceros waldeni), locally called dulungan, is critically endangered. This picture was taken at the project site of PhilinCon near Alegre, Sebaste which is north west of Panay Island. Thanks to the impressive conservation work of PhilinCon, especially the…

Bird Photo of the Month: Masked Booby

Photo by Willem van de Ven Masked Booby Sula dactylatra Bird Islet, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park May 2017 “The Masked Booby used to occur in greater numbers in the Philippines, until they were extirpated several years ago. Hopefully, this lone male is the first of more of its kind to come back. For the meantime…

Bird Photo of the Month: Pied Avocet

Photo by Joed Perez PIED AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta Bulacan April 2017 “The pied avocets were found on a windy afternoon with a light drizzle. They were among Black-winged Stilts in a nearly dried-up pond where both species were feeding along with other waders. Frequent visits to the site were done since a few years ago with…

Bird Photo of the Month: Dunlin

Photo by Rob Hutchinson DUNLIN Calidris alpina Manila Bay, Bulacan First spotted on 18 February 2017 by Mark Villa, Arne Jensen, and Tinggay Cinco, this sighting of the Dunlin is the fourth record of the species in the Philippines. Days after the initial sighting, as many as 9 Dunlins were spotted in the same area…