Manila trip/ May 2013

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Subject: Manila trip/ May 2013
From: Savannah Hardy <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 05:40:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all...
I thought i'd try to as briefly as i can, let you know about a few birding 
moments in Manila/ La mesa eco park/ tagaytay/lake taal/volcano area.
For those that have already been, this will be nothing new to you, but for 
those that might like to keep an eye out on their trip to this area of the 
philippines can
have some prior idea of whats around.
Main birds seen in Manila metropolis when i briefly looked were...

- Pied Fantail
- Eurasian Tree sparrow
- Scaley breasted munia
- Chestnut munia
- Yellow vented bulbul

Thats about all i can recall.

For the area of Tagaytay, lake taal area, i saw....

- White breasted woodswallow
- a Rainbow bee eater type looking bird that almost looks identical to the one 
in oz...???
- little Egret
- Black crowned night heron
- Whiskered tern

For the area near the base of the active volcano/caldera at lake taal and at 
the top of the active volcano i observed....

- Coppersmith Barbet
- Black naped oriole
- Pied bushchat (rather tame too)
- Bright capped cisticola (rather tame)
- Striated grassbird
- Olive backed sunbird
- Large billed crow
- lowland whiteye

For the area at La mesa Eco park at Quezon city/ roughly 45 minutes from metro 
manila (beautiful patch of forest ) i observed:

- White collared kingfisher (very vocal)
- Philippine Pygmy woodpecker x1
- Pechora pipit x1
- Hooded pitta x1
- Grey? backed tailor bird x2
- Mangrove blue flycatcher (adult and young/eating termites)
- Ashy ground thrush (x3) - very obliging/had a nest also

I just have to say a HUGE thankyou to Adrian constantino who was referred to us 
by Dion hobcroft.
I posted a message on birdingaus, asking for good places to go birding in 
manila area and Dion kindly referred me to Adrian constantino and his wife 
A wonderful, VERY helpful/generous/fun couple to hang out with. We organised to 
meet up with them at La mesa eco park/Quezon city and i can't praise their 
services enough. I saw every bird on my wish list except for Red bellied was in hiding...Hooded pitta made up for it though which was 
wonderful :D

In 6 days i saw a total of 25 new birds...not bad for not having that much 
time. After all, i didn't really go there for birding, but of course it had to 
be part
of the itinerary somewhere :D



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