Bird Photo of the Month: Eastern Spot-billed Duck

Photo by Mike Lu Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha Ulsan City, South Korea November 2017 The Eastern Spot-billed Duck is an uncommon migrant in the Philippines and its appearance in Candaba Marsh can merit a stampede of birdwatchers and photographers, but it is the most common duck species in Ulsan. – Mike Editor’s Note: The Eastern…

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: Purple-throated Sunbird

Photo by Chris Baterina Purple-throated Sunbird Leptocoma sperata Brgy. Cabaritan, Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur August 2017 “Sunbirds are so small that they are more [often] heard than seen. Upon hearing that high pitched one-note call, you can easily find them [usually] where the flowers are. The Purple-throated Sunbird is a joy to see because of…

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: Flame-breasted Fruit Dove

Photo by Rob Hutchinson Flame-breasted Fruit Dove Ptilinopus marchei Mt. Polis, Luzon January 2017 “”The Flame-breasted Fruit Dove is a shy inhabitant of the high mountains of Luzon, it usually prefers to hide among the mossy boughs of the forest but this one was tempted out to feed on the delicious Bugnay fruits. It’s a sexy…

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…