The now Philippine endemic Palawan restricted PALE SPIDERHUNTER is on top of our birding list when we visited Puerto Princesa City last month.
It was formerly grouped under Little Spiderhunter which is resident in some parts of South East Asia and India, but was split to full Philippine endemic after recent findings that it is of different species.
The Pale Spiderhunter behaves like a sunbird, but bigger. I noticed the yellow eyering is apparent and unmistakable in the pale but absent in little spiderhunter.
I was glad to find these endemics thriving in Sabang, the jump off point when one goes to the world famous Underground River.
Someday I wish to photograph it with a spider catch in its beak!
Other photos may be viewed at Wild Birds of the Philippines Facebook Gallery.
Palawan restricted Philippine endemic PALE SPIDERHUNTER at Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, September 2012… Canon EOS 5D3 + EF 300mm f/2.8L USM II + 2X TC… 1/1000, f/5.6, iso3200, Spot Metering, Aperture Priority EV+2/3, Handheld.
Thank you Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) for the 5D3 and 300mm f/2.8 II, and to Ariel Dela Torre who accompanied us in Dap Dap Cabanas.
Taken during the 1st Palawan Bird Photography Race oragnized by Birdwatch Palawan Ornithological Society, Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office and Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines.
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: