The campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman has become our favorite birding area. Despite the presence of a lot of people, the place is quite birdy. And easily accessible.
Friday morning, Cynthia and I were already staking out the fruiting "bignay" tree by the Vargas Museum grounds. Our target species was the Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni). We are always fascinated by these small olive-green birds with white bellies and a prominent white eye-ring (from which they got their name). They are always a challenge to photograph because not only are they small (about the size of a Yelow-rumped Warbler), they are also very active. Since these tiny dynamos love the fruit of the "bignay" we hoped that we would be given some opportunity to take their pictures.
Two hours of patience and shutter bursts ("spray and pray" as professional bird photographer Bob Steele told me once) we were able to get some pretty good shots of the Lowland White-eye:
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