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November 18, 2016

Olango Bird Sanctuary

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 10:17 am

Olango Island, Cebu, Philippines.

Second day in the Philippines and I am still knackered from my night plane ride. I got up at 6am this morning and headed for the junction to get to Olango Island. I managed to get a ride on a jeepney to another junction, caught another jeepney to the Hilton hotel, where the boats leave from.

Eastern Curlew
Eastern Curlew

After waiting just a little while, I got on the boat and sailed across the strait to Olangao. There I secured a motorbike with sidecar attachment to get to the sanctuary.

whimbrel
Whimbrel

At the sanctuary I registered, paid my 100 pesos and took off along the track to the hide stuck out in the middle of the bay. There were a few waders there, not a great deal.

mudskipper
Mudskipper

After the hide, I just walked out along the sand flats the other side and saw a few Ruddy Turnstones and Greater Sand Plovers foraging along the sand.

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii )

And a great find, a Terek Sandpiper. I do not think I have seen one of these before.

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)

fiddler crab
Fiddler Crab

Olango Island bird list

Whimbrel
Eastern Curlew
Gull-billed Tern
Common Greenshank
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii )
TEREK SANDPIPER (Xenus cinereus)
olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis),
Collared Kingfisher

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