Guided trip with the UP Mountaineers to Ipo Dam

Text by Willem van de Ven Every year the UP Mountaineers have their applicants  who want to join their organization participate in activities such as tree planting, tree walks, and of course, birdwatching! The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines always facilitates the birdwatching part which usually means we trump out at 5:30 am and…

Bird of the Moment: Ashy Drongo

ASHY DRONGO Dicrurus leucophaeus salangensis Photo by Djop Tabaranza La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City December 2018 My take on the rare migrant (white-faced) Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus salangensis). There are 16 recognized subspecies of the Ashy Drongo (according to HBW-IBC). The resident subspecies D.l.whiteheadi found in the Palawan island group is a darker shade of…

Philippine Duck Rescue

by Art and Riza Melicor It was our second day in Abra de Ilog, Mindoro Occidental, and I knew I had to climb the steep hill beyond the thick foliage behind our lodging, and see what world of mystery waited for me there. I picked up my camera hoping to find a labuyo or any…