Photo of the Month – October 2014

by Tonji Ramos Eastern Grass Owl Tyto longimembris Rosario, Batangas 8 September 2014 I was walking in our farm one afternoon when I came upon this grass owl on a low tree. It was so cool. It would open its eyes for a little bit, look at me, and then go back to sleep. I…

Trying to Make Sense of a Senseless Killing

by Tonji Ramos Birders were heartbroken and disturbed to hear the news of the violent and untimely death of yet another Philippine Eagle. The victim was a well-known eagle, part of a nesting pair and the mother of a young eaglet. Many birders had witnessed first hand this particular eagle feeding and caring for her…

Birding Destination: Laoag

Migration is in full swing and some of you may feel like taking a trip up North to Laoag to see some interesting birds.  WBCP member Tonji Ramos prepared a short guide to help you plan your trip. — The Rare Migrants of Laoag by Tonji Ramos The birding in Laoag is for migratory specialties.…

Featured Bird: Colasisi

This article first came out in the June 2013 issue of Animal Scene magazine. The article explores how the pet trade affects wild bird populations. — The Colasisi by Sylvia Ramos First off, this is NOT an article about a mistress or a kept woman! This is an article about the Colasisi (Loriculus philippensis), a…

Championing the Isabela Oriole

Joni Acay and Nikki Dyanne Realubit invited members of the club for a 1-day workshop and a chance to see the Isabela Oriole in the wild. Tonji and Sylvia Ramos represented the WBCP at the Seminar-Workshop for the Conservation of the Isabela Oriole held in Isabela State University – Cabagan Campus. This article was first…

Target Bird: Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher in Polillo Island

Tonji Ramos gives a quick guide for planning a trip to Polillo Island to see the endemic Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher. It is the smallest of the kingfishers found in the Philippines, measuring only 121-132 mm. It is so tiny and so swift that it is usually difficult to observe. Bob Natural of Polillo Islands Biodiversity…