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THE PHILIPPINES

Sunday 6th February - Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Simon Harrap

Philippine Eagle (Simon Harrap)

Philippine Eagle (Simon Harrap)

The 2011 ‘Easy’ Birdquest to the Philippines was another very successful tour to this wonderful country. We enjoyed mostly good weather (apart from a washout day at PICOP), and although habitat destruction at PICOP on Mindanao continues apace, making birding there ever more difficult, we saw lots of great birds. On Palawan we had great looks at the ‘old faithful’ Palawan Peacock-Pheasant and saw most of the hoped for endemics, including Falcated Ground-Babbler, plus an unscheduled Philippine Cockatoo. On Luzon we had a good time at Subic, with several Green Racquet-tails, while at Makiling we found a good range of endemics, including Philippine Scops Owl, Philippine Trogon and Indigo-banded and Spotted Wood Kingfishers. Moving to Mindanao we had four days at PICOP and were delighted to find Celestial Monarch and, eventually, Steere’s Pitta, while some of us even managed to see Mindanao Wattled Broadbill. While three of the party went home, the rest of us had a short extension to Mount Kitanglad, where we were lucky with Philippine Eagle on our first morning, enjoying great flight views. We also found the ‘Birdquest’ Woodcock, Apo Sunbird and, on the last morning, Blue-capped Wood Kingfisher and Giant Scops Owl.

Silvery Kingfisher (Simon Harrap)

Silvery Kingfisher (Simon Harrap)

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