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  • Back In The Grove

    Back In The Grove

    During our daily walk around our condominium (which is called The Grove) we always make it a point to look for birds. We sometimes bring binoculars and on a few occasions, a camera. Since we saw quite a number of birds the previous day, I decided to bring along the camera with the shorter lens (300mm) the following day. At the lawn, there were the usual Eurasian Tree Sparrows.

  • Island Paradise Birding on Siargao

    Island Paradise Birding on Siargao

    The Katala Foundation ( has always been a close partner of the WBCP in pursuing common goals of education and conservation. The foundation is personified by husband-and-wife team Peter and Indira Widmann whom I had met several years ago as a newbie birder who found herself in Palawan with fellow WBCP members Adri Constantino (now my husband) and Tere Cervero. Peter and Indira had very kindly arranged for us to visit Rasa Island, the last stronghold of the Philippine Cockatoo (aka Red-vented Cockatoo) and one of the key conservation sites of the foundation. I will ne ...

  • Spotting The Birds At The Quiet Place

    Spotting The Birds At The Quiet Place

    I went to The Quiet Place Farm Resort in Bago City expecting to have some quiet time with friends, only to be disturbed by the birds. It was not their melodious early morning calls that I find disquieting but the fact that these beautiful creatures need our constant protection because some of them are already threatened species.

    The Bird Watching Activity of The Quiet Place was such an eye opening activity for me that I swear, I will never look at birds the same way again. Unlike those unscrupulous hunters, shooting birds with a camera doesn't harm them and sharing their pictures would even ...

  • Corregidor Rocks

    To many Filipinos who have been away for so long from their motherland, Corregidor recalls images of a ruined island fortress that bore the brunt of the opening salvos of World War II in the Pacific.

    Converted into a memorial and museum after the war, its main attraction has been a guided tour aboard a tranvia-themed tourist bus around its historic spots.

    Dubbed "The Rock," the island was a Spanish naval checkpoint later rearmed by the Americans as a fortress. It fought in the fiercest battles in 1942 against Japan and in its subsequent retaking in 1945 by the Americans, making it among ...

  • Birding And Family Holiday In Boracay

    Birding And Family Holiday In Boracay

    A family holiday on the tropical paradise of Boracay. As it has what is generally regarded as one of the best beaches in the world it is now jammed solid with people every holiday, and has been 'developed' extensively. Consequently much of the original habitat has disappeared. There is still a small patch of forest clinging on at the northern tip of the island, near the 'bat caves' marked on the map below, and this became my temporary local patch. All the tricycle drivers know the area, and will take you to the end of the tar road for 150 pesos. From there it is a walk of about a kilometre to ...

  • The Secrets and Treasures of Mount Makiling

    The Secrets and Treasures of Mount Makiling

    A land of 7,107 beautiful emerald islands, blessed with natural beauty and more than 600 species of resident and migratory birds. Of these, almost a third are endemic. With such a high level of endemism, the Philippines holds great attraction for the visiting birder. With visions of ground doves with bleeding hearts, a babbler with flames for temples and kingfishers wearing indigo bands, Alfred Chia, Tai Ping Ling, Doreen Ang, Jimmy Chew and myself planned a trip with Birding Adventure Philippines in pursuit of some of the most unique and beautiful birds in South East Asia.

    All of us had b ...