10 Years of Philippine Bird Festivals

by Mike Lu Mike Lu looks back at 10 years of Philippine Bird Festivals celebrating country’s natural treasures and spreading the joy of birdwatching  to different provinces across the Philippines.  The Philippine Bird Festival was the Wild Bird Club’s response to the World Bank Environmental Champion award that we received a few months earlier in…

December 2015

My Amazing Thailand Raptor Adventure by Jelaine Gan Photo of the Month: Canvasback Duck by Richard Ruiz 9th ARRCN Symposium 2015, Chumphon, Thailand by Alex Tiongco and Teresa Cervero Learnings from the Manila Bay Seminar by Gina Mapua November 2015 Roundup by Mike Lu and James Biron

New Photographic Field Guide: Birds of the Philippines

by Maia Tañedo Good news for Philippine birders! A new photographic field guide of Philippine birds is available at local bookstores. WBCP members Maia Tañedo, Robert Hutchinson, Adrian and Trinket Constantino have just come out with a new field guide of 280 of the most commonly seen species in the country. This would make a great book…

Photo of the Month: Tiger Shrike

by Lando Inclan Lando Inclan is frequent contributor of amazing Mindanao bird photos to the Philippine Bird Photography Forum Facebook group.  His most amazing contribution so far is this Tiger Shrike. According to the WBCP Checklist “the only recent record is 13 Dec 2011 from Puerto Princesa, Palawan by Stijn De Win”. Previous to that it was…

Back in Davao with the Philippine Eagle Foundation

By Trinket Constantino Trinket Constantino writes about an exciting and action-packed workshop conducted for the Philippine Eagle Foundation staff and volunteers. This was not your ordinary workshop. This workshop had a river crossing, camping, dancing under the moonlight, Silvery Kingfishers, mini bird races, raptor watch, and more! In a follow-up activity to last year’s birdwatching workshop , Adri and I found…

All-night Owling at Angono

by Christian Artuso Dr. Christian Artuso is the Manitoba Program Manager of Bird Studies Canada. He is an ornithologist, wildlife photographer and birder. He has a special interest in owls and his thesis was on the Eastern Screech Owl. He is so passionate about owls that he happily and willingly spent the night at the Angono Petroglyphs…

News from the Field – April 2014 to March 2015

Compiled and edited by Rob Hutchinson and Maia Tañedo   Summarized in this article are records collected by the WBCP Records Committee and Rarities Committee that cover the period from April 2014 to March 2015.   New Country Records From April 2014 to March 2015, there have been three new country records for the Philippines. An…

Photo of the Month: Sunrise on Bird Islet

by Christian Perez The Photo of the Month reminds us that the best camera is the one in you have with you. Christian Perez used an iPhone to perfectly capture the thrill and wonder of the early morning bird count at Bird Islet in Tubbataha. This was the magnificent sunrise on a magical island called Bird…

Gino and the Cuckoo

by Juan Mesquida The Oriental and Himalayan Cuckoo were split in the 2013 WBCP Checklist. They are difficult to tell apart in the field. In this article, Juan Mesquida makes a provisional ID based on the comparative sizes of he birds. He also states however that he leaves it to the experts to decide on the…

March 2015 Roundup

 by Mike Lu and James Biron  WBCP had lots of activities for March including a birdwatching talks, raptor watching, and guided trips. March 6, 2015 – Meeting with CCP re Earth Day in Manila Manila March 6, 2015 – Talk on Birdwatching Treston College in Taguig The 3rd and 4th year level hospitality course students held their final…