I was telling my wife that this time seemed different from our previous trips to Subic. Without fail, for the past 3 years, we have encountered birders here. However in the past two days that we were here it was just the two of us.
January 1, our final day, we decided to try the road along the Botanic Garden hoping to see the White-fronted Tit. Once again, we failed miserably on that. And once again, as what happened before, we met a birding couple. They were stalking a Red-crested Malkoha. We introduced ourselves and discovered that Art and Riza Melicor didn't know where the Nabasan Trail was. They have heard that it was a good birding area but apparently nobody had given them directions to that place. So we happily offered to show them the way. After the negotiating the loop, and them having photographed the Whiskered Treeswifts, we bade our goodbyes.
My cold was not improving at all so Cynthia and I agreed to return back to our home so I can rest. That meant cutting short our birding sortie. Which meant no bird photos for the beginning of the year. Except for a backlit shot of a Spotted Dove.