Birding Mount Makiling, IRRI and other Philippine locations
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Week ending 11th August - IRRI
Back to the Philippines after our holiday, and lots of rain! The fields are very wet, and all the usual suspects are out and about. A surprise was a Little Grebe nest discovered by Richard soon after I got back. The nest was easy to find but it took me a while to locate the birds themselves. I eventually found an adult and two chicks.
Everything else is as normal. Lots of Rails and Painted Snipe around. Wood Sandpipers are starting to build up, but no other waders yet.
Little Grebe ssp philippensis with two chicks. The first time I've seen them at IRRI, though they have been reported, and photographed by others in my time here. Strangely elusive.
A Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron by a rice paddy in the early morning.
Male Painted Snipe...
...and a female.
White-throated/ Brown-breasted Kingfisher with a cloud of midges.