Eurasian Tree Sparrow (right, flying) and Paddyfield Pipit (left, with food) photographed in an apparent fight over food at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna, August 2012… Canon EOS 7D + EF 400mm f/5.6L USM.. 1/1000, f/6.3, iso800, Evaluative Metering, Aperture Priority +2/3, Handheld,Isolation with background in grayscale (Docu Shot).
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is an introduced species in the Philippines, probably brought into the country through the galleon trade when these birds somehow joined the voyages. They populated and are now common birds found everywhere.
The Paddyfield Pipit, on the other hand, is a resident bird. It can also be found in other countries, but they do not migrate. This bird is also called Richard’s Pipit after the French naturalist Monsieur Richard of Lunéville. These are two of the more than 600 bird species found in the Philippines.
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Alain Pascua began in 2009 his crusade as a wild bird photographer using photos of wild birds in their natural habitats as tools for education and conservation. He is one of the founding-administrators of the "Wild Birds of the Philippine" Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds) where he and fellow bird photographers share their photos and galleries of Philippine wild birds to the internet world. He co-founded the Philippine Bird Photography Workshops and Tours (https://www.facebook.com/wildbirdphotog.ph) in 2011, and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP - https://www.facebook.com/groups/wbpp.admin/) in 2012.
Alain Pascua’s photos of wild birds have graced the 2010 year-end advocacy ads and 2011 calendar materials of TeaM Energy, the 2011 calendar of Philippine Eagle Foundation and its 2011 advocacy posters and ads at Mindanews' Our Mindanao Magazine, the 2012 Peatlands in Southeast Asia advocacy poster of Global Environment Centre, and the newly published book Owls of the World A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola.
Alain Pascua won second place in the 1st Bird as Art International Bird Photography Competition organized by Art Morris in the Captive Birds Category. His galleries may be viewed online at the following sites:
Alain Pascua is one of the founding-administrators of the "Wild Birds of the Philippine" Page, the only multi-photographer gallery of Philippine birds in Facebook. He also co-founded the Philippine BIrd Photography Workshops and Tours, a professional outfit, in 2011, and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP) in 2012. Alain Pascua’s photos of wild birds have graced numerous publications, the latest are featured in the newly published book Owls of the World A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola. He won second place in the 1st Bird as Art International Bird Photography Competition organized by Art Morris in the Captive Birds Category.