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  • Birdmageddon A Journey To Ursulas Deepest Secret

    Birdmageddon A Journey To Ursulas Deepest Secret

    Had Alfred Hitchcock seen this island, it could have been the location of his famous movie The Birds. The only difference is, the aves are not menacing crows and do not violently attack humans. Instead, they give you expressions of wonder and awe.

    For those who do not know, Ursula is a one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary, the country's best-kept secret for a lot of reasons. It is located in an island in Rio Tuba, Bataraza town, Palawan, far remote from civilization. It is actually an islet off the beaten track that looks like it had been spit out from Palawan mainland some 20 kilometers away.

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  • Aboitiz Park Saves Turtles And Birds

    Aboitiz Park Saves Turtles And Birds

    The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, an eight-hectare biodiversity park jointly managed by the Aboitiz Foundation and Davao Light that is home to 66 species of wildlife, is fast becoming a sanctuary for birds and a nesting site for hawksbill turtles or pawikan.

    Thirty-six bird species, some of them endangered, were found to be living in the park by the Davao Wild Bird Photographers and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

    The presence of two more bird species, the endangered Spotted Imperial Pigeon (Duclua Carola) and the Brown Noddy (Anos Stolidus), were observed. The former is native to the Philipp ...

  • The Philippines Perusing Palawan May 10-14 2016

    The Philippines Perusing Palawan May 10-14 2016

    In another attempt to dodge reality, Ross and I decided to hop on over to the Philippines for some last-minute, fast-paced birding. With only three and a half weeks off, we decided on an itinerary that would include Palawan, Cebu, Negros, Bohol, and Mindanao (this last island Ross would be doing alone because I could only get two weeks off of work).

    Ross and I were both super excited to visit Southeast Asia again, and were especially excited to visit the Philippines, where we'd heard nothing but good things from those who had visited. The Philippines is an archipelago made up of over 7,000 ...

  • Just Enjoying The Birds

    Just Enjoying The Birds

    I was lassoed in by friends who suddenly became passionate about birds, I've been waking up at dawn just to try to capture our little feathery friends.

    In the process, I learned to look closely and hear and see the different birds whether at home or walking to the mall or swatting mosquitoes in a patch of forest downtown or trudging up never-ending mountain trails, all in this big city called Davao.

    My birding mates, all males, are obsessed about it. I just go la-di-dah.

    "Nakita mo yun? 'Yung nasa gitna ng puno!" Martin said.

    And so I pointed my camera at it and struggle with the f ...

  • 36 Bird Species Discovered At Aboitiz Cleanergy Park In Davao

    36 Bird Species Discovered At Aboitiz Cleanergy Park In Davao

    A total of 36 bird species??"a number of which are considered endangered??"have been recently identified living at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, reinforcing the park's status as a thriving outdoor biodiversity preserve that is also one of the country's few nesting sites for hawksbill turtles.

    This initial discovery, made by members of the Davao Wild Bird Photographers group and the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) following Philippine Eagle Week (June 4 to 12), revealed the existence of 36 bird species in the park.

    Two prominent species discovered include the endangered Spotted Imperial P ...

  • Philippine Birds Facing Extinction First Of Three Parts

    On September 7, 36-year-old Bernie Apal and two companions were on their way to the barangay hall of Sibulan in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur to get residence certificates. They tried to follow the short-cut way instead of the usual road going to the place.

    The area was covered with trees as it was located in the foothills of Mount Apo, the country's highest peak. The three were talking while walking when Apal saw a bird that was entangled in tree-roots and was wrapped with perennial vine. Even though the bird was in a cliff, Apal decided to rescue it.

    Apal, a Bagobo-Tagabawa farmer, thought ...