The 384-hectare Infanta Watershed Forest Reserve in barangay Cawayan and barangays Gumian and Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon is a tropical rainforest with a bounty of dipterocarp species like red and white Lauan, Tanguile, Apitong, Malaruhat, Balobo, Rattan and Anabiong.
Local species of wild pig, snakes, deer, lizards, monkeys, bats and kalaw also abound in the area.
ince it is only one kilometer away from the national highway and two kilometers away from Rizal town proper, it is fairly easy to reach the area using a variety of means -- on horseback, car or even public transport.
Nature trippers often enjoy the lack of recreational facilities in the area to experience the beauty of nature and trek to the Talon Waterfalls near barangay Cawayan, in Real Quezon.
The weather follows the same pattern as most of the country with a distinct dry season and a pronounced rainy season.
The HTPL is usually used for commercial and reservation areas. One-fourth of the area is composed of recreation and research facilities while the rest are for reservation and a mini-forest for important wildlife species of flora and fauna.
Infanta Watershed Forest Reserve News
It was a nice beginning and a beautiful ending. The sad part was what happened in between. Or to put it another way, nothing happened in between.
It was a short unproductive trip to Infanta last Saturday. The skies were gloomy and the birds were scarce. Despite that we still had some good encounters. There was this Sulphur-billed Nuthatch that kept on creeping and hopping all over the branches looking for insects.
We returned to Infanta Saturday morning with the hope of acquiring one, or maybe even two, lifers. At first when we encountered a Coleto in Tanay, not far from where we have our usual breakfast, we thought that it would be a portent of good things to happen.
Drizzle. Rain. Fog. Sunshine. Repeat.
That was the fickle kind of weather that welcomed us at Infanta last Saturday morning. Birding in that situation was challenging to put it mildly. It was during those gaps between showers that some feathered creatures showed up. Occasionally we would be rewarded by the passing of mixed flocks. These were usually led by Yellowish White-eyes which preferred the tree tops.
Members of the local government of Infanta, Quezon recently gathered in a training that teaches the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in disaster risk reduction and forest management.
UAVs, or more commonly known as drones, are remotely-controlled and used for recreational and scientific purposes.
Participants from the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO) of Infanta were taught UAV-based photogrammetry or the use of photography to measure and obtain information about physical objects and the environ ...
For almost four hours that deep "hmmm" kept haunting us. We could tell that the source of that taunting call was not that far from us. And yet, even with the help of five other birder friends all with binoculars, the Flame-breasted Fruit Dove, despite its repeated cooing, was never located. Considering that this was our (my wife and I) fourth attempt at trying to get a photo (or at least a good look) of this mysterious bird and failing on all those occasions was a heart-breaking experience. The fact that a whole bunch of photographers got close up shots of this species just the day before adde ...