Another great day on Makiling! Up to the upper trail at dawn again, with Richard and Claire. The birds started early, with a pair of Philippine Hawk-Owl showing themselves at the parking spot. Thereafter it was slow going, with Luzon Hornbill, and Philippine Trogon the only birds of note. Close to station 14 however a great find. A Luzon Bleeding Heart hopped onto the trail 5 yards in front of me, and waddled along the path for 5 seconds or so before taking off in an explosion of feathers. A fantastic sighting, sadly too unexpected for me to even get my bins on them, let alone take photographs. Fortunately we all saw the bird, though neither Richard nor Claire had anywhere near as good a view as I did.
The rest of the morning returned to the very low intensity of the early part of the walk, with little new to report. A flock of Ashy Minivets were the only remaining highlight.
We decided to try our luck at the Botanical Gardens on the way home. Over the forest there were at least a dozen or so Purple Needletails, with a flock of House Swifts a little further away.