Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amazing Subic leg)

We woke up raring to bird so after breakfast, we headed out.  I was going to be with the group only until lunch because I had to go back to Manila that afternoon.  

Our first stop was Subic's colony of Flying Foxes.  

While watching the bats, we saw a Green Imperial Pigeon perch on a distant tree and a White-bellied Sea Eagle did a flyby.  Then this unidentified raptor glided above us.  I have asked for ID but at the time of this writing, there has been no positive ID.

Unidentified Raptor

Walking forward, we came across a pair of Philippine Green Pigeons.

Philippine Green Pigeon

While shooting the pigeon, a Guiabero perched on the tree beside us, enabling very close captures. 

Guiabero up close...

Across the street, we saw a Coleto.


And back on our side of the road, we saw a Coppersmith Barbet.

Coppersmith Barbet

We reached the area near Crown Peak where we saw several birds.

Philippne Pygmy Woodpecker

Striped-headed Rhabdornis, lifer #205

Philippine Hanging Parrot or Colasisi

Blue-naped Parrot, Pikoy in Pilipino

Philippine Bulbul, another appearance just before we went to have lunch.

Aside from these, we also sa a Blue-throated Bee Eater, Oriental Cuckoo Shrike, Crows, Collared Kingfisher, and Drongo.  We were hoping to see a Luzon Hornbill, Green Racquet Tail, and the different woodpeckers of Subic.  

After lunch, we headed back to the hotel for a short rest.  Kris brought me to a bus station so I can catch a bus to Manila.  I told the group that I will see them in two days at the hotel of Rafael and Marta (how wrong I was!).  

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