Pale Spiderhunter of Palawan, Philippines

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The now Philippine endemic Palawan restricted 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 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

Alain Pascua

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: http://www.alainpascua.smugmug.com http://www.facebook.com/alainpascuaphotography http://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds

Alain Pascua

Alain Pascua

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.

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Dennis Bacosa
Dennis Bacosa

Los Angeles participates on earth hour, calling for Clean Energy and Environment

Palawan Tribes
Palawan Tribes

Thanks NATIONAL GEOGHRAPHY

Palawan Tribes
Palawan Tribes

nice work

Joy Abengana-Lora
Joy Abengana-Lora

Sir, great post… I love the pictures. It only makes me wish I have a DSLR camera though 🙁 I am living in Quezon City, and happy to say that our place is not that polluted.. our front and backyard is home and feeding ground to some birds like the really fast and elusive hummingbird, several unknown species (im not fast enough to take a picture or video of them and i have poor bird identification capabilities so i really need a pic or video.lol) and little spider hunters. They do not have the ring in the eyes and much… Read more »

David Seibel

Thank you, Alain, for sharing these wonderful photos. The first image, in particular, is absolutely elegant! I must visit the Philippines someday.

Nina Stavlund

Great post!