Three Rare Migrants in Palawan, Philippines

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I’ve only seen the WHITE WAGTAIL twice, the first was about a year ago in La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City where it was first discovered by fellow birdwatcher Ruth Francisco of the Wild Bird Club of the .

This time in Sabang, the fellow birdwatcher who first sighted it was Will Cabanillas of Birdwatch Ornithological Society who would turn out to be the eventual winner in the 1st Bird Photomarathon, the event that made this rare discovery a possibility.

Rommel M. Cruz later confirmed his find and excitedly shouted at me and Rey Sta Ana as we were just at a nearby area endlessly framing the four unique bulbuls of Palawan.

Rare Migrant WHITE WAGTAIL at Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, September 2012… Canon EOS 5D3 + EF 300mm f/2.8L USM II + 2X TC… 1/800, f/6.3, iso800, Spot Metering, Aperture Priority EV+1/3, Handheld.

This FOREST WAGTAIL, while listed as “Rare Migrant” by the Kennedy Field Guide to the Birds of the Philippines with recorded sightings in Palawan in 1925 and 1968, is annually reported in the island during the migration season. It was recently photographed by Lydia Robledo in 2008 and Tateo Osawa in 2010.

Rommel M. Cruz saw it first on our first birding day in Palawan, later Carlo Benitez Gomez confirmed it through his docu shot. On our last two birding days, we saw a couple, and luckily this docu shot was possible when Will Cabanillas (winner of 1st Palawan Bird Photomarathon) spotted it. Will has photographed it the day before using his newly won Canon EOS 1100D with my 400mm f/5.6 lens.

Rare Migrant FOREST WAGTAIL at Irawan Ecopark, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, September 2012… Canon EOS 5D3 + EF 300mm f/2.8L USM II + 2X TC… 1/320, f/5.6, iso3200, Spot Metering, Aperture Priority, Handheld.

Here’s a docu shot of another rare migrant, the ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER. Onsite in Irawan Ecopark, Rey Sta Ana, Rommel M. Cruz and I thought it was just a grey-streaked flycatcher and we hav doubts, until I showed it lately to Desmond Allen who confirmed it is an ABFC.

Some fellow bird photographers photographed it in Zamboanga March of this year. In 2011 Edwin Matias got it in Thailand, and just recently, almost simultaneously as I did, Ven Rojas got it in Singapore.

Rare Migrant ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER at Irawan Ecopark, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, September 2012… Canon EOS 5D3 + EF 300mm f/2.8L USM II + 2X TC… 1/2500, f/6.3, iso3200, Evaluative Metering, Aperture Priority EV+2/3, Handheld. The setting is quite wrong as I was still nervous handling the 5D3.

Thank you Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) for the 5D3 and 300mm f/2.8 II, and to Rommel Cruz, our bird guide.

Other photos may be viewed atWild Birds of the PhilippinesFacebook Gallery.

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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