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
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 ...
We wanted something new. Something we have not experienced before. Something that would make our collective hearts beat faster. Something that would burn the flame of our desires.
Last Saturday we went back to Infanta to do some roadside birding. With us was our birding buddy, Peter. When we got to the place, we were surprised that we were the only birders there. Unlike last week. Perhaps it was because the fruits of the Hagimit tree that the birds feed on were now all gone.
It had been a long birding hiatus for me and my wife. We blamed it on the fickle weather of course. June and the early part of July were exceedingly hot. So hot that we dared not leave the paradise of our airconditioned room. After that came the rains. The thought of getting drenched or even sloshing through mud dampened whatever birding spirit we had.
Then came the news that spread all over the birding community - an uncommon flowerpecker had been sighted. Quite easily at that. So I communicated with a couple of birders who had been so lucky to get close up shots of this flowerpecker. Than ...