A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 6 American Period

by Christian Perez Christian Perez continues his fascinating series on Philippine bird books. Part 6 covers the American Period. The Philippine government goes from having no interest in natural science under the Spanish rule to having a Division of Ornithology under the Americans! Along with listing which species were discovered during this period, Christian also gives us peek back into…

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

by Christian Perez 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. 1. Introduction  The decade from 1870 to 1880 was the most productive in the…

Photo of the Month: 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! Amur Falcon Falco amurensis female, migrant new Philippine country record…

December 2014

Samar Island Natural Park by Carmela Balcazar A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 3 Early 1820s to late 1860s by Christian Perez Bird of the Month – Japanese Night Heron by Marester Bas Macasiano WBCP and DENR-BMB Sign a Memorandum of Agreement by Gina Mapua November 2014 Roundup by Mike Lu and…

November 2014

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 2 by Christian Perez Photo of the Month by Nilo Arribas – Brown-backed Needletail The Puzzle of the Philippines’ “Disappearing” Raptors by Mads Bajarias and Lu-Ann Fuentes October 2014 Roundup by Mike Lu and James Biron

A Short History of Philippine Bird Books – Part 2

by Christian Perez This is the highly anticipated continuation of Christian Perez’s series of articles on the major publications on Philippine birds throughout the years. This second part covers the remainder of the 18th century. Introduction Part 1 of this series of articles reviewed the ground-breaking works of Kamel, Brisson and Sonnerat. This second part…

Photo of the Month – November

by Nilo Arribas Jr. Nilo captures an unusual view of one of the speediest fliers in the country. According to the Kennedy guide, Brown-backed Needletails “are considered by some to have the fastest average flying speed of any bird”.   BROWN-BACKED NEEDLETAIL Hirundapus giganteus Puerto Princesa, Palawan 03/02/2014 Canon 40D + 600mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO400,…