It was cold, dark and awfully quiet when we left a resort in San Simon on a bus to the nearby town of Candaba. It was 5:30 a.m. on February 2, the World Wetlands Day (WWD).
The bus stopped in the middle of a highway surrounded by rice paddies on both sides.
From an unexciting bus ride, we got to experience an adventurous ride on carabao sled, sitting down tight and holding on firmly to avoid falling after every curve.
Occasionally, we heard chirping sounds from a distance, adding to our excitement.
As we drew near the area where hundreds of native and migratory birds flock during t ...
In the birding community the term "trash bird" refers to a species that is so common to the point that they are sometimes just tolerated as unavoidable but necessary. Like trash. Oftentimes they are simply ignored by birdwatchers and bird photographers.
It was still dark when our group boarded an outrigger boat on the river off the bamboo park in Lubao, Pampanga. Some stars still shone in the predawn sky. As our boat cut through the waters, the sky began to lighten with oranges and blues. But soon, dark spot upon dark spot flew across the brightening sky.
Birds roosting in this city in Sultan Kudarat province have attracted local and foreign birdwatchers who will gather here for a two-day festival showcasing the Baras bird sanctuary, one of the country's largest nesting sites for egrets and herons.
Emelie Jamorabon, city tourism officer, said bird enthusiasts from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Taiwan and Indonesia would join their local counterparts for the 12th Philippine Bird Festival (PBF) and the 4th Tacurong City Bird Festival here, an event supported by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and the Department of Touri ...
In our past two visits to this coastal town our primary destination has always been the same: Patar Beach. Blessed with white sand and crystal-clear waters, Patar Beach we thought was worth the long 6-hour plus drive from Metro Manila. So when Leo drove his mom, sisters and a nephew to Bolinao in Pangasinan province recently, his first impulse was to bring them to this white beach wonder. Not having been to this beach since 2011, however, he was in for what was almost a rude awakening.
Patar Beach Then and Now
Driving to Patar Beach from their resort (SCL Garden Paradise Beach Resort) he ...
This year's festival themed "Pajaros: Bula sin miedo, sin lingasa"??"Zamboanga's Spanish-based Chavacano for "Birds: Fly Without Fear, Without Worries"??"coincides with the presence of wintering Barn Swallows or layang-layang, a migrant from northern Asia which roosts in hundreds of thousands in downtown Zamboanga.
The Barn Swallow??"a symbol of peace and cultural understanding??"was chosen as the flagship species of the festival to highlight the popular hopes for better ties among the peoples of the region, starting with a common interest in birds and nature conservation.
Zamboanga City ...