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Thailand trip report

Laem Pak Bia + Kaeng Krachan

February 2009



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Philippine Serpent Eagle © Stijn De Win

Philippine Serpent Eagle -Subic



Blue-throated Bee-eater © Stijn De Win

Blue-throated Bee-eater -Subic



Collared Kingfisher © Stijn De Win

Collared Kingfisher -Subic



Long-tailed Shrike © Stijn De Win

Long-tailed Shrike -Mt. Makiling



Mt. Makiling landscape

Scenery near Mt. Makiling



Luzon Hornbill © Stijn De Win

Luzon Hornbill -Subic



White-eared Dove © Stijn De Win

White-eared Dove -Subic



Philippine Bulbul © Stijn De Win

Philippine Bulbul -Subic



Philippine Colugo © Stijn De Win

Philippine Colugo -Bohol



Philippine Macaque

Philippine Maqacue -Subic



Subic forest

View on the forest from the

Mangrove Walk at Subic



Yellow Bittern © Stijn De Win

Yellow Bittern -Candaba Marsh



Zitting Cisticola © Stijn De Win

Zitting Cisticola -Cebu



All birds photographed ‘on tour’

are opportunity shots by

Stijn De Win

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Luzon, Bohol & Cebu

23 February – 5 March 2009                             Reports 2010  2011 2012a  2012b


Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Candaba Marsh


Purple Heron Ardea purpurea

Breeding Candaba Marsh


Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia

Candaba, en-route on Luzon and Bohol


Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Candaba, Bohol and Cebu


Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes  Vulnerable (VU)

1 bird seen very well near Baclayon on Bohol


Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus

2 birds seen at Candaba Marsh


Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis



Striated Heron Butorides striata

2 seen near Tagbilaran on Bohol


Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Breeding colony at Candaba Marsh


Rufous Night-Heron Nycticorax caledonicus

A juv. bird seen near Tagbilaran on Bohol.


Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis

10+ birds seen at Candaba Marsh


Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

A single bird seen at Candaba Marsh


Philippine Duck Anas luzonica  Vulnerable (VU)  Country endemic

Numbers seen at Candaba Marsh, 6 at Subic on 24th with approx. 10 on 25th


Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula

About 50 at Candaba Marsh


Osprey Pandion haliaetus

1 seen overhead at entrance to Hill 394 track, Subic


Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus

common at Subic, only 1 seen on Bohol


Philippine Serpent-Eagle Spilornis holospilus Country endemic

Seen daily at Subic, Mt.Makiling, few on Bohol


Besra Accipiter virgatus

Seen at Subic and Rajah Sikatuna NP on Bohol


Philippine Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus philippensis Vulnerable (VU) Country endemic

1 seen near hill 394 at Subic


Pinsker’s Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus pinskeri   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

1 at Rajah Sikatuna, Bohol


Philippine Falconet Microhierax erythrogenys Country endemic

Daily seen at Subic with up to 4 birds on 24th


Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

1 seen from the plane at Manila airport


Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

1 at Subic


Blue-breasted Quail Coturnix chinensis

1 male seen very well with 2 females at Cebu south reclamation area


Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus

Subic, only once heard at Rajah Sikatuna NP on Bohol


Spotted Buttonquail Turnix ocellatus Country endemic

Great looks of 1 bird out on the track at Subic, brief scope views at Mt.Makiling


Buff-banded Rail  Gallirallus philippensis

2 birds at Los Banos


Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus Near-endemic

1 seen at Candaba, 1 at Subic, 2 Mt. Makiling and 2 on Cebu


Plain Bush-hen Amaurornis olivacea Country endemic

2 seen at Subic


White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus

1 at Candaba Marsh


Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca

1 seen briefly at Candaba Marsh


White-browed Crake Porzana cinerea

1 seen briefly at Candaba Marsh


Purple Swamphen [Philippine] Porphyrio porphyrio

Approx. 10 birds at Candaba


Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

5 at Candaba Marsh


Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum

1 at Candaba and seen migrating over forest at Subic with 4 birds on 24th and 1 on 25th


Black-bellied Plover (Grey Plover) Pluvialis squatarola

2 seen near Baclayon on Bohol


Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

10+ on Cebu, at South Reclamation Project


Snowy Plover (Kentish) Charadrius alexandrinus

Few on Bohol, 50+ on Cebu


Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus

Few seen on Bohol


Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

2 seen at Candaba


Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

2 seen on Bohol near Tagbilaran


Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Candaba and Bohol


Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes

1 bird seen on 2 dates on Bohol, near Tagbilaran and Baclayon


Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

small group in flight seen on Cebu


Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

approx. 10 birds at Candaba


Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis

100+ at Cebu South Reclamation Project


Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus

Approx. 20 birds at Cebu harbour


Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida

Candaba, en-route on Luzon and Bohol


Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Few at Cebu harbour


Red Collared-Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica

2 at Candaba Marsh


Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis

Candaba and Cebu


Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica

Seen at Subic and Mt.Makiling, heard only on Bohol


Zebra Dove Geopelia striata

small numbers throughout


White-eared Dove Phapitreron leucotis Country endemic

Seen at Subic, Mt.Makiling, Rajah Sikatuna NP and Tabunan


Amethyst Dove Phapitreron amethystina Country endemic

1 at Subic


Pink-necked Pigeon Treron vernans

10+ birds near Tagbilaran on Bohol on 28th


Pompadour Green-Pigeon [Philippine] Treron pompadora

Fairly common at Subic, heard on Bohol and 2 at Tabunan


Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus occipitalis Country endemic

Good looks at Subic, heard on Mt.Makiling and at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Black-chinned Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus leclancheri Near-endemic

Rajah Sikatuna NP and Loboc Watershed Reserve on Bohol.


Green Imperial-Pigeon Ducula aenea

Common at Subic and few seen Rajah Sikatuna NP


Guaiabero Bolbopsittacus lunulatus Country endemic

Only seen at Subic where common, with great looks at 2 perched birds on 25th


Green Racquet-tail Prioniturus luconensis Vulnerable (VU) Country endemic

4 birds seen both perched and in flight on 25th at Subic


Blue-naped Parrot Tanygnathus lucionensis Near-threatened (NT) Near-endemic

Numbers seen and photographed at Subic.


Philippine Hanging-Parrot (Colasisi) Loriculus philippensis Country endemic

Seen at Subic with 2 birds perched on 23rd, heard Makiling, Bohol and Tabunan


Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo Cuculus pectoralis Country endemic

1 bird seen when it came in to tape, showing briefly 5 times at Subic on 26th,

heard Mt. Makiling and Rajah Sikatuna NP


Brush Cuckoo (Rusty-breasted Cuckoo) Cacomantis variolosus

1 seen on Bohol, heard at Tabunan forest on Cebu


Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo Surniculus velutinus Country endemic

Only at Rajah Sikatuna NP on Bohol


Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus

only at Subic


Red-crested Malkoha Phaenicophaeus superciliosus Country endemic

Seen daily at Subic and 2 birds seen at Mt.makiling


Scale-feathered Malkoha Phaenicophaeus cumingi Country endemic

1 calling bird seen on the 25th at Subic


Rufous Coucal Centropus unirufus Near-threatened (NT) Country endemic

Easy at Subic this time with different groups encountered daily; at hill 394, track to Boton Falls,

road to hospital, road to Water Station.


Black-faced Coucal Centropus melanops Country endemic

Great looks at 1 bird on 3th March at Rajah Sikatuna NP Bohol


Philippine Coucal Centropus viridis Country endemic

Common at Subic where seen daily, heard on Bohol and at Tabunan.


Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis

1 seen at Candaba Marsh


Everett's Scops-Owl Otus everetti Country endemic

1 at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Philippine Hawk-Owl Ninox philippensis Country endemic

1 seen at Subic on 24th with another bird calling nearby, 2 heard at Subic on 25th and

heard at Rajah Sikatuna on 3th March.


Philippine Frogmouth Batrachostomus septimus Country endemic

1 at Rajah Sikatuna NP Bohol.


Great Eared-Nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis

Great looks at Subic on 25th, heard on 24th Subic, one on Bohol.


Philippine Nightjar Caprimulgus manillensis Country endemic

Great looks of 2 birds sitting on the road in the car headlights at Subic on 25th.


Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta

Common and seen on all tour dates.


Pygmy Swiftlet Collocalia troglodytes Country endemic

Seen at Rajah Sikatuna on Bohol and Tabunan on Cebu.


Uniform Swiftlet Aerodramus vanikorensis

Seen only once, Loboc Watershed Reserve, Bohol.


Purple Needletail Hirundapus celebensis Near-endemic

Singles seen at Subic and Cebu.


Asian Palm-Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis

Mt.Makiling and Bohol.


Whiskered Treeswift Hemiprocne comata

Subic and Loboc Watershed Reserve


Philippine Trogon Harpactes ardens Country endemic

A male seen in the scope at Mt.Makiling, a pair seen very well inclusive mating at Rajah Sikatuna NP Bohol

with more birds heard in the area.


Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Candaba, Subic and Bohol.


Indigo-banded Kingfisher  Alcedo cyanopectus  Country endemic

We found 1 at Los Banos, Makiling.


Silvery Kingfisher Alcedo argentata Vulnerable (VU) Country endemic

1 bird seen on 1st March with a pair on 3th at the same spot near Rajah Sikatuna NP, Bohol


White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Seen Subic and Mt.Makiling


Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli Vulnerable (VU) Country endemic

A female seen in the scope on 3th March at Rajah Sikatuna NP, heard on 2nd March.


Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris

Common at Subic, Bohol and Cebu


Spotted Kingfisher Actenoides lindsayi Country endemic

Heard at Subic on 24th and scope views of one at Mt.Makiling on 27th.


Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis

Common at Subic


Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus

Candaba and Bohol


Luzon Hornbill Penelopides manillae Country endemic

Seen at Subic on 2 dates, heard Mt.Makiling


Samar Hornbill Penelopides samarensis Country endemic

Seen on 2 dates in the same spot (fruiting tree) at Rajah Sikatuna NP, Bohol.


Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala

Subic, Mt.Makiling and Tabunan


Philippine Woodpecker Dendrocopos maculatus Country endemic

Several sightings at Subic and heard only Mt.Makiling.


White-bellied Woodpecker Dryocopus javensis

Seen daily at Subic, heard on Bohol.


Luzon Flameback  Chrysocolaptes haematribon  Country endemic

A few sightings daily Subic


Buff-spotted Flameback  Chrysocolaptes lucidus  Country endemic

1 seen on Bohol


Sooty Woodpecker Mulleripicus funebris  Country endemic

Subic, 2 seen on 23th and 1 on 25th.


Visayan Broadbill   Eurylaimus samarensis   Vulnerable (VU)   Country endemic

heard at Rajah Sikatuna


Azure-breasted Pitta Pitta steerii  Vulnerable (VU)  Country endemic

Great views of 1 bird at Rajah Sikatuna NP, Bohol, on 1st March.


Red-bellied Pitta Pitta erythrogaster

1 at Mt.Makiling.


Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Seen on all dates.


Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica

Common and seen on most dates.


Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata

Subic, Mt.Makiling and Bohol.


Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis

2 at Candaba Marsh, 5+ on Bohol and at least 500 birds around at Cebu South Reclamation Project.


Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

2 birds seen at Mt.Makiling


Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina striata

Common at Subic but only heard on Bohol.


Blackish Cuckoo-shrike Coracina coerulescens Country endemic

2 birds seen Subic on 25th.


Pied Triller Lalage nigra

Common on Bohol with 5 birds at Tabunan-Cebu.


Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus

Small groups encountered at both Subic and Mt.Makiling.


Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urostictus Country endemic

1 bird seen on 2 dates at Rajah Sikatuna NP.


Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier

Common and seen on all dates on Luzon.


Philippine Bulbul Ixos philippinus Country endemic

Common throughout


Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius

1 bird seen at Subic on 25th.


Ashy Thrush Zoothera cinerea  Country endemic

1 seen briefly Mt. Makiling


Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus

1 seen and more heard at Tabunan forest-Cebu.


Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis

Seen at Candaba and on Cebu.


Oriental Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis

Candaba and on Cebu.


Philippine Tailorbird Orthotomus castaneiceps Country endemic



Rufous-fronted Tailorbird Orthotomus frontalis Country endemic

Rajah Sikatuna.


Gray-backed Tailorbird Orthotomus derbianus Country endemic

Brief views Mt.Makiling


Yellow-breasted Tailorbird Orthotomus samarensis Near-threatened (NT) Country endemic

Good looks at a male on 1st March at Rajah Sikatuna NP-Bohol, more heard.


Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

Mt.Makiling and Bohol.


Philippine Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus olivaceus Country endemic

Seen twice on Bohol.


Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis

2 birds seen at Tabunan-Cebu.


Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris

Candaba, Mt.Makiling and Cebu


Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta

Subic, Mt.Makiling and Bohol.


Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra

3 birds seen at Tabunan on Cebu.


Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis

Seen on Bohol only.


White-browed Shama Copsychus luzoniensis Country endemic

Brief views of 1 bird at Subic on 24th with great looks at a pair on 25th, heard only Mt.Makiling.


Black Shama Copsychus cebuensis Endangered (EN) Country endemic

1 bird seen at Tabunan forest Cebu and more birds heard.


Blue Fantail Rhipidura superciliaris Country endemic

Seen on 2 dates at Rajah Sikatuna NP on Bohol.


Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica

Seen Candaba, Subic and Cebu


Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea

Seen at Rajah Sikatuna and Tabunan.


White-vented Whistler Pachycephala homeyeri Country endemic

1 seen very well at Tabunan -Cebu.


Yellow-bellied Whistler Pachycephala philippinensis Country endemic

A few sightings on Bohol.


Striated Wren-Babbler (Streaked Ground-Babbler) Ptilocichla mindanensis Country endemic

The same pair seen on 2 dates at Rajah Sikatuna NP.


Black-crowned Babbler Stachyris nigrocapitata Country endemic

3 birds seen on 1ste March with another 4 on 3rd at Rajah Sikatuna NP.


Brown Tit-Babbler Macronous striaticeps Country endemic

Several sightings at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Golden-bellied Gerygone Gerygone sulphurea

Seen at Candaba and Subic, heard on Bohol


Elegant Tit Pardaliparus elegans Country endemic

A pair seen at Mt.Makiling and at Tabunan.


Stripe-sided Rhabdornis Rhabdornis mysticalis Country endemic

Seen daily at Subic and Mt.Makiling


Plain-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis

Seen at Subic and Mt.Makiling


Purple-throated Sunbird Leptocoma sperata

Seen Mt.Makiling and Bohol


Flaming Sunbird Aethopyga flagrans  Country endemic

Seen Mt.Makiling


Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis

Subic, Bohol and Tabunan


Metallic-winged Sunbird Aethopyga pulcherrima  Country endemic

1 bird seen at Rajah Sikatuna -Bohol.


Handsome Sunbird Aethopyga bella  Country endemic

1 seen on Mt.Makiling


Eastern Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja

1 or 2 birds seen at Tabunan - Cebu.


Striped Flowerpecker Dicaeum aeruginosum  Country endemic

1 seen at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Bicolored Flowerpecker Dicaeum bicolor  Country endemic

2 males and a female seen on Mt.Makiling, 7 birds near a fruiting tree at Loboc

Watershed Reserve on Bohol and 1 seen at Rajah Sikatuna NP


Red-striped Flowerpecker Dicaeum australe Country endemic

Seen Mt.Makiling, Rajah Sikatuna NP, Loboc Watershed Reserve and Tabunan.


Buzzing Flowerpecker Dicaeum hypoleucum  Country endemic

Seen at Rajah Sikatuna


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma

2 birds seen at Loboc Watershed Reserve on Bohol.


Pygmy Flowerpecker Dicaeum pygmaeum Country endemic

1 bird seen at Mt.Makiling


Lowland White-eye Zosterops meyeni  Near-endemic

Around 10 birds seen near Baloy beach -Subic on 26th.


Philippine Oriole Oriolus steerii  Country endemic

1 bird seen in a fruiting tree at Rajah Sikatuna NP on 3rd March.


White-lored Oriole Oriolus albiloris  Country endemic

1 bird at Subic


Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis

Fairly common with numerous sightings.


Philippine Fairy-bluebird Irena cyanogastra Country endemic

Seen very well on 2 dates at Rajah Sikatuna NP.


Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus

Seen daily.


Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach

Candaba and Mt.Makiling.


Balicassiao Dicrurus balicassius Country endemic

Seen at Subic and Mt.Makiling, White-bellied at Tabunan.


Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus

Daily seen on Bohol.


White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus



Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos

Common on Luzon only.


Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis

2 birds seen at Subic, 10000+ birds coming into the roost at Tagbilaran on Bohol were spectacular,

also few seen at Tabunan.


Coleto Sarcops calvus  Country endemic

Daily seen in good numbers at Subic, 30+ birds in and near a fruiting tree at Loboc Watershed Reserve on Bohol.


Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus



Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus



Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla

Common at Candaba and on Bohol, few on Cebu.


Java Sparrow Padda oryzivora  Vulnerable (VU)  Introduced

3 birds seen at South Reclamation Project on Cebu


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