August 2015 Roundup

August 1, 2015 – Execom Board Meeting Manila The first Execom board meeting was held on the first day of August with the re-elected officers of WBCP namely Pres. Gina, Vice-Pres. Willem, Treas. Mike and Cristina Cinco as Secretary. The Execom also welcomes the new 5th officer to the board, Karen Ochavo. Maia Tanedo stood as…

Island Paradise Birding on Siargao

by Trinket Canlas Constantino Trinket encourages WBCP members to visit Siargao, Surigao del Norte for an amazing birdwatching experience with beautiful scenery and friendly locals. See the bottom of the article for information on how to arrange your own paradise birding trip! The Katala Foundation (www.philippinecockatoo.org/) has always been a close partner of the WBCP in…

June 2015 Roundup

June 14, 2015 – Guided trip to Georgia Club Sta. Rosa, Laguna Georgia Club (a real-estate development under Vista Land) invited the Club to visit their property and introduce birdwatching to their staff and brokers. Tinggay Cinco, Nina Lim, Mitz de los Reyes, Robert Montgomery and Mike Lu led the group with an introduction to…

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…

May 2015 Roundup

May 4, 2015 – Guided Trip organized by the Office of Administrative Services Ateneo de Manila University A guided trip was organized by the Office of Administrative Services of the Ateneo de Mania University. It was participated by 17 staff and 3 guides. Species seen include white-breasted woodswallow, yellow-vented bulbul, collared kingfisher, pied triller. May…

Plight of Candaba

by Irene Dy Do you know how your favorite wetland is doing? Irene Dy visited Candaba on May 1 and was shocked and disturbed by what she saw. What does this mean for the future of Candaba?   Candaba has been one of the most easily accessible birding spots of Luzon for many years. Its prime…

April 2015 Roundup

April 9, 2015 – Guided Trip at LPPCHEA LPPCHEA, Las Pinas Members of the WBCP went to  Las Piñas Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecosystem Area. They observed that Pond 2 was bone-dry but Pond 1 still had enough water to attract 20-plus moorhens, a crake, a sandpiper, a kingfisher and one mad-looking night-heron. A flock of…

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…

April 2015

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 7 1946 to 2000 by Christian Perez Bird Photos of the Month: Mindanao Brown Dove and Lina’s Sunbird by Pete Simpson Anvaya’s Field Guide to Birds: A First for WBCP and Anvaya by Trinket Constantino We finally found the White-bellied Sea Eagle by Randy Weisser March…