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…

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…

Rare Endemics of Mount Halcon

by Robert Hutchinson Mount Halcon is regarded as the toughest mountain to climb in the Philippines. It is also the only known site for the never before photographed Mindoro Scops Owl and the endangered Mindoro Imperial Pigeon.  The team of Robert Hutchinson, Mark Bezuijen, Ivan Sarenas, and Bram Demeulemeester made a successful climb up Mount Halcon last April 2015…

Photo of the Month: Mindoro Scops Owl

by Robert Hutchinson The never-before photographed Mindoro Scops Owl narrowly edges out Mindoro Imperial Pigeon for this month’s Photo of the Month. More details on the extreme birding trip to Mount Halcon in Robert Hutchinson’s article also in this month’s issue of eBON. Mindoro Scops Owl Otus mindorensis adult Mt. Halcon, Mindoro, Philippines 16 April…

Baer’s Pochard in the Last Pond in Candaba, Pampanga

Robert Hutchinson, Irene Dy, and Martin Kennewell scored big for Philippine birding with this MEGA find — a Baer’s Pochard in Candaba! The Baer’s Pochard  is one of the rarest ducks in Asia. This bird is so rare that in February 2012 a British birder flew from the UK to Japan just to see one. There are…

Ask The Experts: The Arctic Warbler Splits

Christian Perez tackles another difficult new split in the WBCP 2013 Checklist. In this article he gathers advice from experts on how to tell apart Arctic Warbler, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler and Japanese Leaf Warbler. — The Arctic Warbler Splits by Christian Perez New Splits in the WBCP 2013 Checklist Two new species appeared in the…