Sunday I awoke having dreamed of seeing a juvenile Cream-bellied Fruit-Dove. I took this as an omen and did the lower part of the Makiling trail. Amazingly my dream proved to be somewhat propitious as I did find a new dove for the site, Philippine Cuckoo-Dove! I'd read reports of these being seen here, but as they are pretty large, have a very distinctive call, and are not particularly shy I'd assumed that my not having seen or heard them was a sign that everyone else was stringing White-eared Brown Doves. Not so! The bird flew across the path behind me, sat in the open(ish) for several minutes looking at me, then moved to another branch a little further away, before finally disappearing after a good 4 or 5 minutes. An extraordinary record, and one that just goes to show... something or other. The rest of the trail was fairly quiet. A Philippine Serpent Eagle was perched over the trail, a flowering vine had attracted Lovely, Flaming and Plain-throated Sunbirds as well as Philippine Bulbul, Philippine Hanging Parrot (Colasisi) and Black-naped Monarch, and two Bar-bellied Cuckoo-Shrikes were at TREES lodge, along with a small flock of Ashy Minivets.
ADUC records so far for early December: Common Kestrel, Lesser Coucal, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Bright-capped Cisticola, White-bellied Munia
Bright-capped Cisticola in breeding plumage. Small numbers on the upland farms, mainly in rank grass. Possibly only one or two pairs.
Juvenile Lesser Coucal
Philippine Cuckoo-Dove. ssp tenuirostris. This appears to be a male (no fine barring on collar). The second photograph shows (faintly due to poor light) the metallic gloss on the collar, which is indicative of males.
Grey-streaked Flycatcher. A common winter visitor, this one was outside my house at ISH.