But then, miracles sometimes happen. Gabs, Edu and myself were driving up Mt. Palay-Palay one sunny Saturday. Edu was complaining that he hasn't seen the Philippine Falconet for quite sometime. I assured him that we will see these birds in this area. Just as I finished my sentence, I looked up and saw about three of them perched (where else?) on an electric wire. Gabs, who was driving, swerved to the shoulder to park, and suddenly yelled, "There's one beside the road!" He braked hard and almost threw Edu, who was sitting at the back seat, towards the windshield. Serendipity had it that I was at the front passenger seat closest to the unperturbed falconet. I clicked off a burst of shots while dodging Gabs who was beside me struggling to get a good look himself. Edu quickly recovered from his off-balanced situation and crawled over our camera bags (which were dumped next to him at the back seat) so that he too, could take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.
Then the falconet flew away.
Deathly silence ensued as we all checked our cameras to find out if we were able to get good enough photos. A few minutes later sighs of relief filled the air as we all got confirmations that we indeed got a shot of the Philippine Falconet's crown.
As we returned home later that day, we were all flushed with success and we all wore a crown of pride on our heads.
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