When: July 2015 Weather: Hot, 31deg C and wet +++
Nikon P900 for all bird shots. Other shots : Leica Q
We had planned this birding trip to Palawan in the Philippines some time ago and we were a group of 7, plus guide and driver. Apart from one day in which we went to the Puerta Princesa underground river cavern, we had 31/2 days of birding in various locations in Palawan. These included the old zig zag road, Irawan Eco Nature Park, Iwahig Penal Colony(!!), the Crocodile Farm and Puerta Princesa Underground Park Ranger Centre. In general the weather was hot and humid and there are lots of mosquitos so be prepared!
And then to our surprise, we found our first star bird and a lifer for all my friends…one of them actually spotted the Hooded Pitta hopping around on the ground just near to where we parked near a stream. It stayed for about a minute before flying off but we managed to see 4 more of the same pitta in the same area of the Irawan Nature park! Whilst I had seen it as a migrant before in singapore…(see my previous blog post) it was still a thrill to see this magnificent bird again in the wild, a resident Palawan species. I didn’t manage to take a good picture but thanks to Dr Espiritu, I can show his picture of the pitta here…