Monday, July 04, 2022
Friday, May 06, 2022
Sunday, April 17, 2022
My age has been catching up on me. This 75 year old senior is now having difficulties doing long drives. That was why we recently erased Baras as one of birding destinations. Although it is only about 40 kilometers away from our place, the traffic on the return trip was quite aggravating.
Friday Cynthia promised to meet up with her daughters (and their families) who were vacationing in Tanay. It being a holiday we were quite certain that traffic would be bearable. And since Baras would be along the way, my wife and I both agreed that we could go birding again at the Palo Alto Subdivision.
True enough there were fewer motorcyclists and bikers along the Marilaque Highway and we arrived at our destination just a little after 7 am. To our surprise the very first species we saw was the Balicassiao, several individuals even!
Right after that another surprise was a Scale-feathered Malkoha. This usual skulker was out in full view.
We moved on near the waterway where we saw a Green Sandpiper.
At the grassy area were the "regulars" - the Pied Bush Chats (both male and female) and the Paddyfield Pipit.
|Pied Bush Chat - male|
|Pied Bush Chat - female|
On the sidewalk, I was able to get a shot of the White-breasted Waterhen before it hid behind the bushes.
As we continued our drive, we saw two kinds of birds perched on an electric wire - A Grey Wagtail and a Brown-breasted Kingfisher.
There were zero birds near the water tank in Cancun Street except for a couple of White-eared Brown Doves feeding on the road.
From there we saw another bird perched on an electric wire - a Collared Kingfisher.
We then headed to Frontera where the Long-tailed Shrike is sure to be seen. Along the way we checked Striated Grassbird and Eastern Cattle Egret on our list.
|Eastern Cattle Egret|
Of course, the Long-tailed Shrike didn't disappoint.
On the way back from Frontera, we got two kinds of Munias - Chesnut and Scaly-breasted.
Passing another area of the waterway we saw a Little Ringed Plover albeit at quite a distance.
The White-breasted Woodswallows were quite active.
The Savanna Nightjar was still at its usual hangout.
To end our birding day, we got a documentary shot of the migrant Grey-streaked Flycatcher.
It was about half past ten am so it was time to go the family meeting in Tanay. We were so thankful that our Baras birding was quite fruitful. Honestly I am not sure if we would go back to that place again. Maybe on a another holiday?
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Lately I've been seeing posts in Facebook of awesome photos of a Grass Owl - most of them BIF (Bird in Flight) taken in Imus, Cavite. I would have cherished the opportunity of obtaining that kind of picture, especially because that species would be a lifer for me.
Unfortunately since I am now a septuagenarian, it is difficult for me to drive that far, more so when done while it was still dark. From what I gathered, bird photographers had to be in the area at the crack of dawn because that's when the owl shows up.
Oh well, life goes on.
Note: the title of this blog was a pun on the Tagalog idiom "sana ol" which in English means "hopefully all".
Sunday, January 23, 2022
It felt kinda strange that some birds we saw one week ago in Baras were now missing, and on the other hand we saw a few species that were not seen then.
Our day started by seeing an Ashy Minivet perched on a tree branch not that far from where we had our breakfast along Jerez Street. It had been a while since we saw this bird here.
We proceeded to the area near the water tank and were surprised by some bird activities. Here we spotted several species that we didn't see the week before: Arctic Warbler, Black-naped Monarch, Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker and Elegant Tit.
|Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker|
What we missed were the Savanna Nightjar, the Little Ringed Plover and the Philippine Cuckoo Dove.
Thankfully we still saw quite a number of the resident birds here. The highlights of which were the Blue Rock Thrush (which we saw after three tries). The Stripe-headed Rhabdornis and the Philippine Hanging Parrot were both feeding on the red flowers near the clubhouse.
|Blue Rock Thrush|
|Philippine Hanging Parrot|