Photo of the Month: Philippine Cockatoo

by Willem Van d Ven WBCP Vice-President Willem Van de Ven was in Narra, Palawan with a small WBCP contingent to support the Katala Foundation’s 9th Katala Day and mini-birdfest. While he was there, he was treated to amazing views of the endearing Philippine Cockatoo.   The Critically Endangered Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropya) is quite at…

Photo of the Month – Saunders’s Gull

by Romy Ocon The Philippines’s best bird photographer is on a roll! This is Romy Ocon’s second country record for 2015! His first one was an Amur Falcon in January 2015, and his follow up is a Saunders’s Gull! Saunders’s Gull Saundersilarus saundersi 1st winter conservation status: vulnerable new Philippine country record Santo Tomas, La Union,…

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,…

Camera Review: Canon Powershot SX50 HS

There are many good reasons for bringing a camera while birdwatching. You can use it to help you ID a bird and show others what you’ve seen. There are also many different camera options. You can use a point and shoot, a DSLR, a scope and camera combo or even binoculars and camera combo.  Maia…

Birding Places: Bulusan Lake

It’s all about the birds! WBCP member and Canon Ambassador Ely Teehankee visited Lake Bulusan in Sorsogon to photograph Philippine birds. — Bulusan Lake: Home of Philippine Endemics by Ely Teehankee Bulusan Lake, Sorsogon is 636 kilometers from Manila. I took a plane to Legaspi and travelled by car for 2 1/2 hours to get…

THE BLIND SPOT: CORON, BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE

Bob Kaufman writes about why Coron, Palawan is one of the favorite destinations of bird photographers. Bird Photographer’s Paradise by Bob Kaufman Photography Editor You have your camera gear all set up. While munching on some delicious snack you sit and wait. Then all of a sudden you hear, “Lovely! Lovely!”. The local bird guide…