Sunday, February 21, 2010

Brown Shrikes

A series of photos of various lucionensis Brown Shrikes taken at IRRI and adjacent areas over the last couple of years. As you can see some of the birds have almost white heads, they can really stand out in a field of brown rice stubble.

An interesting feature is the near absence of the white eye-brow on some birds (and not always caused by the lack of contrast with a pale head, see the third photo).

Monday, February 1, 2010

Black Drongo at IRRI

On 15 November 2009 I was surprised to see two Black Drongos in the fields at IRRI. A very common sight in Laos and Thailand in the paddies, but they don't occur here normally at all. The first record from the Philippines is from about 5 years ago, and they have been reported annually since then. At least one of the birds was still present yesterday, less than 100m from where I first saw it back in November.

Last seen in late March 2010.

Indigo-banded Kingfisher

A cracking male Indigo-banded Kingfisher taken from Padua bridge in UPLB. There are three bridges on the campus, Padua is the first one you meet as you come up the hill from Los Banos proper. It's the standard site for this Kingfisher, but they aren't always there. There's quite a lot of disturbance there, with lots of students about, and some people using the stream for washing. (Of the other two bridges, only the smaller one ever has the Kingfisher, and then infrequently. Having said that, I saw one there yesterday). The other main site for this bird is the Botanical Gardens, further up the hill towards the reserve.