Ringing on Sunday was again made more difficult by bright sunlight showing up the nets, however I did catch one Swinhoe's Snipe, and one Collared Kingfisher. The snipe was a surprise as the underfoot conditions were very wet and I'd been led to believe that that was the preferred habitat of Pintail Snipe, and Swinhoe's preferred drier conditions. Near the ringing station a pair of Philippine Woodpeckers seem to be excavating a nest hole.
Incidental birding around IRRI included a Philippine Cuckoo Dove over my house on Friday, and a Philippine Scops Owl calling from near the main dormitory buildings on Thursday.
One of a pair of Oriental Pratincoles that arrived this week.
Lesser Coucal hiding in its preferred habitat of rank grass
Philippine Woodpecker working on a hole near the ringing station
The tail of a Swinhoe's Snipe that I caught on Sunday. The outer tail feathers are real feathers, not the incredibly thin ( less than 2mm) 'pins' I'd been expecting to find to indicate it was a Pintail Snipe.
A rather bedraggled juvenile Yellow Wagtail, one of hundreds present this week
Male Painted Snipe