eBON the Monthly Newsletter of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

This is the site of eBON,  the online newsletter of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Visit us every month to read new and original articles about wild birds, birdwatching, and bird photography in the Philippines written by the members and friends of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. Learn about the Philippines and its wonderful birds by reading eBON!


Happy New Year!

Here’s to another year of birds, birdwatching, and birding!

Check out the January 2015 issue of eBON for some firsts in this first month of the new year:

  • the first bird photo by newly hatched bird photographer Mike Lu!
  • a country first record by the Romy Ocon, the Philippines’ #1 bird photographer

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 4 The 1870s by Christian Perez

Walden’s On the Collection made by Everett in the Island of Dinagat (1878): Celestial Monarch, Rusty-crowned babbler and Silvery Kingfisher

Walden’s On the Collection made by Everett in the Island of Dinagat (1878): Celestial Monarch,
Rusty-crowned babbler and Silvery Kingfisher

Christian Perez continues his series on Philippine bird books. In this part of the series, we get a sense of the some of the adventures, dangers and thrills that historical figures faced in exploring the Philippines and discovering new species.


Black-headed Gulls with Spicy Vegetables by Willem van de Ven

Indian Cormorant. Photo by Mike Lu

Indian Cormorant. Photo by Mike Lu

WBCP Vice-President Willem van de Ven and WBCP Treasurer Mike Lu represented WBCP at theThailand Bird Fair. Willem writes about the his many duties at the fair from giving a presentation about Philippine Hornbills in the wild to learning to enjoy hot peppers as an after dinner snack.


Photo of the Month: Amur Falcon by Romy Ocon

Amur Falcon by Romy Ocon

Amur Falcon by Romy Ocon

This wonderful photo came about through an amazing series of fortunate events that put the right person at the right place and the right time. The best bird photographer of the Philippines happened to capture a country record in his home province!


 The Bird Traps on Mount Polis by Kitty Arce

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Hunting is illegal in the Philippines. Yet the practice hunting a few birds for the cooking pot is common and prevalent in this poor and largely rural country. WBCP Founding Member Kitty Arce takes a long, hard look at the illegal practice of hunting birds for food and reexamines her beliefs about hunting.


 December 2014 Roundup by Mike Lu and James Biron

Ibong Dayo Festival

Ibong Dayo Festival

WBCP members took time out from their busy December schedules to attend Balanga City’s Ibong Dayo Festival, give a guided trip for students, make plans for an even busier birding year in 2015.


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