We went to Antipolo City basically because Cynthia had some business with our friends, the Webbs, who reside there. Their small subdivision had a lot of trees and greenery which naturally attract a number of birds. We've birded this place many times before and they were always delightful experiences.
Although this time my wife and I were still reeling from our disappointment at missing the Eyebrowed Thrush at La Mesa Ecopark so our expectations on this particular day were purposely set to low. But Palos Verdes lived up to its reputation. Even though most of the birds we saw were the usual suspects, some of the usually more skittish ones somehow were friendlier here.
Like the Golden-bellied Gerygone
.. the Pied Triller
and even the Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker
What was even more exciting was when we saw some uncommon birds. This was the first time we've seen both these species here. Cynthia who was always quick on the draw was able to photograph this immature Blue Rock Thrush.
I, on the other hand, was more willing to go through vines and tangles to get a good angle on the Philippine Serpent Eagle.
As we were driving home on that bright sunny morning, it was my wife who summarized our adventure at Antipolo, "We had a good birding day, didn't we?"
I couldn't agree more.
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