September – October 2018 Roundup of Activities

September 2, 2018 – WBCP-Davao 1st Sunday Birdwatching Trip  Cleanergy Park Davao City September 9, 2018 – Guided trip Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area Manila Bay September 9, 2018 – Club trip Pampanga River West Bank Masantol & Macabebe, Pampanga September 23, 2018 – Club trip Mt. Makiling and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Laguna September…

President’s Report 2018

by Willem van de Ven Another WBCP calendar year has finished; the club is now 15 years old! Time for a party! Of course also another General Assembly, another election of officers, and a report on what has happened in the club in the past year. The execom has tried to serve the club faithfully…

Introduction to Taxonomy

by Pete Simpson I am often asked “Why at the WBCP-Davao’s “First-Saturday” birdwatching at Malagos do I say “Brown-breasted Kingfisher” but when the list is published it is called “White-throated Kingfisher?” Here is my attempt to answer that question, and explain bird taxonomy with reference to the Kennedy guide and the birds of Mindanao. Taxonomy…

Birding in the Kingdom of Cambodia

Text by Trinket Constantino Photos by Adri and Trinket Constantino Cambodia of course is best known for its temples, Khmer monuments which are a testament to architecture, religion and politics. Adri and I had always wanted to see the famed Angkor Wat, and so, on the rare occasion that our schedules left us with some…

From a Birdwatcher’s Paintbox

Text and photos by Cristina Cinco  Over the years I have seriously combined two of my life’s passions- painting and birdwatching.  As a birdwatcher,   travelling brought me to  destinations in the far corners of the country with inspiring sceneries where forests or uninhabited beaches still exists.  As a visual artist, vivid  memories from these trips…

Mt. Palay-Palay and Caylabne Birding Part 2

Text by Gwen So, Gina Mapua, and Robert Montgomery Photos from Gwen So, Robert Montgomery, MJ Bugante, Gayatri Hasan, Russ Andaya Supreme Leader Gina Mapua made good on her promise: a part 2 Caylabne Resort overnight birding trip plus a prior stop at Mt. Palay-Palay-Mataas na Gulod Protected Landscape (MPPMNGPL) where she coordinated with the…

Hotspots: Birding in Zamboanga and Tawi-tawi

Text and photos by Emmanuel Ragandang Part of my upbringing is to love and protect natural resources. That way of life statement comes from my understanding that my country is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots: it is an area of exceptional concentration of endemic species and experiencing significant loss of habitat. It is a…

Bird of the Moment: Blue-winged Pitta

BLUE-WINGED PITTA Pitta moluccensis Photo by Christian Perez Valencia, Negros Oriental July 2018 “Just back from a long birding trip abroad, and looking forward to some quiet days at home, I heard on July 29 that a Blue-winged Pitta has been sighted just outside Rene Vendiola’s house in Liptong Woodlands, Bakong near Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. That…