Birding Phillipines: Villa Escudero, Ayala Greenfields and Bangkong Kahoy

Birding Phillipines: Villa Escudero, Ayala Greenfields and Bangkong Kahoy

When:  November 2016    Weather : Cool 22C

Nikon P900.   Leica M 35summilux

We spent a couple of days birding at Ayala Greenfields, Villa Escudero and Bangkong Kahoy, all within a couple of hours of Manila. Ayala Greenfields is a beautiful gated community lush with greenery and interesting sightings….

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Sunset over Ayala Greenfields

 

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early our first morning, the first bird outside the house was the collared kingfisher

 

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Long tailed shrike greeted us

 

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grey wagtail

 

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the Phillipine version of the white throated KF commonly seen in other parts of Asia, is the Brown Breasted KF, which has much less white on the throat..

 

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And after a glimpse of a white browed crake which I failed to capture, this beauty appeared…the Barred Rail..

 

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And here’s looking at you!

 

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brown shrike

 

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a magnificent back lit long tailed shrike

 

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long tailed shrike

 

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and then another long tailed shrike perched spectacularly on this thin branch

 

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Long tailed shrike

 

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Intense activity in a tree saw numerous little birds zipping about…golden bellied gerygones!

 

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golden bellied gerygone

 

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lowland white eye

 

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coppersmith barbet way up high…

 

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zebra doves

 

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Pygmy woodpecker

 

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last bird of the day was this spotted black bird..

 

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a blue rock thrush migrant

 

The next morning we set off for Villa Escudero, a former coconut plantation where we had cottages by the river and we tried to find the indigo banded KF …alas to no avail…..

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bamboo rafts on the river….most scenic

 

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the coconut plantation

 

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walking around the grounds of the resort, the pied bushchat

 

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chestnut munias

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and then the Grassbird appeared….splendidly patterned

 

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grassbird

 

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as night fell on the river, this black and white image captured the tranquility of the scene

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daybreak saw the crescent moon reflected in the still waters…

 

We set off at 6am from Villa Escudero to the valley of Bangkong Kahoy, between the mountains of Cristobal and Banahau…this was to be the most fruitful birding area….

 

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the beautiful valley of Bangkong Kahoy, taken from the Lodge.

 

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Poinsettias greeted us

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one of the first and most impressive birds we saw was the blue headed fantail, an endemic.

 

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ashy minivet

 

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the gorgeous and endemic sulphur billed nuthatch

 

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sulphur billed nuthatch

 

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the turquoise flycatcher, formerly mountain verditer FC was shy

 

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orange bellied flowerpecker

 

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buzzing flowerpecker

 

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the bicolored flowerpecker, another endemic

 

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and then this beauty peeked out….

 

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another star bird of the morning…the female white browed shortwing

 

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white browed shortwing

 

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farewell Bangkong Kahoy

 

We also had a good sighting of the chestnut faced babbler but it was too quick to shoot.

Both Ayala Greenfields and Bangkong Kahoy were excellent birding locations. Villa Escudero was slightly disappointing but that was prob due to timing…the Indigo banded will have to wait for another time….

 

 

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