Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 18, 2016

Olango Bird Sanctuary

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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

November 17, 2016

Cebu Birding

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Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines.

After a hectic all-night romp from Kota Kinabalu to Manila, then to Cebu, I tried to have a sleep but it really did not work. In the afternoon I went to the beach to have a look.

Asian glossy starling juveniles
Asian glossy starling (Aplonis panayensis)

A couple of young ones on top of a dead coconut tree.

Long-tailed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach

The fishermen were scouring for shellfish.

shellsfish gatherers
Shellfish gatherers

gull-billed tern
gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica),

Cebu bird list

Asian glossy starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Pied Triller
gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica),

Cebu Birding resources

http://tonjiandsylviasbirdlist.smugmug.com/keyword/cebu/

http://www.exoticbirding.com/philippines/cebu/checklist.html

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