Raptorwatch Update

by Alex Tiongco and Teresa Cervero The Philippines has on record 32 species of raptors:- 6 endemic species Philippine Eagle (Pythecophaga jefferyi) Philippine Honey-buzzard (Pernis steerei) Philippine Serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus) Philippine Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus  philippensis) Pinsker’s Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri) Philippine Falconet (Microhierax erythrogenys)   11 sedentary species Jerdon’s Baza (Aviceda jerdoni) Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Grey-headed…

My Amazing Thailand Raptor Adventure

by Jelaine Gan WBCP Raptor Group’s young member Jelaine Gan spreads her wings to Thailand! She provides thoughtful insights about studying raptors, doing research about raptors in the Philippines, meeting fellow raptor enthusiasts, and going raptor watching in Thailand. The 9th ARRCN Symposium in Chumphon, Thailand was an adventure of many firsts. It was my first trip…

Raptor Watching by One’s Self in Tanay, Rizal

by Linda Gocon Amazing things can happen when you put your mind to it! You can overcome all sorts of obstacles that threaten to get in the way of your goals. Linda Gocon doesn’t let typhoons, sick children, or even a lack of raptor watching buddies keep her from keeping her watch at Tanay! “Even the smallest…

The Great Raptorwatch Adventure

by Jelaine Gan Raptorwatching in the Philippines is like going on a mystery hunt. The Philippines has even been called “The Black Hole of Asian Raptor Migration Route” because the thousands of raptors that are duly recorded flying out of Taiwan seem to disappear once they reach the Philippines. Where do they make landfall? Jelaine…

WBCP BIRDWATCHER ABROAD: USA RAPTORS AND BUZZARDS

Birdwatching is a great way to explore a country. WBCP member Brian Ellis writes about combining work and birdwatching during a recent trip to the US. Raptors and Buzzards in the USA by Brian Ellis After many many years I have recently taken up birding again. So I am very much a newbie but have…

HOW TO START RAPTOR WATCHING

Puerto Galera based WBCP member Peter Stevens writes about the hows and wheres of raptor watching and why every birdwatcher should try raptor watching. space Raptor Watching by Peter Stevens When I was asked me to write an article for eBON about the joys of raptor watching, the following general headings were suggested: What you…

RAPTORWATCHING AT PAGASA WATCH TOWER, TANAY

Jelaine Gan describes what it’s like to go raptorwatching at the PAGASA watch tower in Tanay. Space Raptorwatch: From a Newbie’s Perspective by Jelaine Gan The first thing you should know is that raptorwatching is different from birdwatching. Birdwatching usually involves listening for bird calls and expertly spotting them amidst their camouflage. Meanwhile, Raptorwatching (from…

RAPTOR MIGRATION IN THE PHILIPPINES: AN OVERVIEW

This article is based on a presentation made by Alex Tiongco and Marts Cervero at the 7th ARRCN Symposium held in South Korea in January 2012. Delegates from countries along the Asian Continental and Oceanic flyways from as far north as Mongolia and east as India attended the symposium. There were also delegates from the…