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Stijn De Win





The Bali Myna day trip. 


Taiwan endemics count


Laos' Khammouane Bulbul


A guided morning birding

at Tonpariwat WS


The count from

Chiang Dao

canopy tower



In Focus


Western Hoolock Gibbon


Asian Glossy Starling


Silvery Kingfisher








   Photos by Stijn                                                                                                             


Bohol; Rajah Sikatuna National Park

(Magsaysay Ranger Station)

N 9°42.347’ E 124°07.413’

Altitude 264m

Birds of interest; Visayan Wattled Broadbill, Rufous-lored Kingfisher,

Yellow-breasted Tailorbird, Samar Hornbill, Steere’s Pitta… (see full info page)

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        Philippine Trogon Magsaysay Park

                                        Philippine Trogon                                                               Magsaysay Park and Ranger Station



Bohol; Chocolate Hills


N 9° 47.926’ E 124° 10.055’

Altitude 365m

Birds of interest; Pygmy Swiftlet (Excellent views as seen from above.)

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        Chocolate Hills Chocolate Hills

     Lunch with a view! A spot for a cold drink and to escape an hour of slow birding during the midday heat won't easily get better.



I was fortunate to have the chance of photographing the Chocolate Hills from the air.

The red arrow points exactly to the very viewpoint  my previous 2 pictures where taken from.

Photo taken in the late afternoon as you can see the “Bohol boobs” leave long shades in the landscape.



Bohol; Tagbiliran city square.

(Asian Glossy Starling roost)

N 9° 38.409’ E 123° 51.383’

Alittude 39m

Birds of interest; Asian Glossy Starling 10000s strong roost (In focus)

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Asian Glossy Starling Asian Glossy Starling

Asian Glossy Starlings



Mindanao; Mount Kitanglad

(Eagle viewpoint)

N 8° 08.279’ E 124° 58.489’

Alititude 1607m

Birds of interest; Philippine Eagle, Apo Myna, Mindanao Racquet-tail, White-cheeked Bullfinch,

Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis, Short-tailed Starling, Rufous-bellied Eagle, …

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        Kitanglad Eagle Viewpoint Philippine Eagle / photo Stijn De Win

                                                    'The View'                                           and                                           'The Eagle'



Mindanao; Mount Kitanglad

(Del Monte Lodge)

N 8° 09.389’ E 124° 59.751’

Altitude; 1369m

Birds of interest; Bukidnon Woodcock, Philippine Frogmouth, Blue-capped Kingfisher, Giant Scops Owl, Long-tailed Ground Warbler, Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis, Cinnamon Ibon, Black-and Cinnamon Fantail, Mindanao Hornbill, Sulphur-billed Nuthatch, …

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  View from Del Monte lodge Blue-capped Kingfisher

                                  Philippine Frogmouth Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis


    View down the valley taken from the lodge. Blue-capped Kingfisher, Philippine Frogmouth, Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis.



Mindanao; Mount Kitanglad

(Apo Sunbird area on Kitanglad trail.)

N 8° 07.899’ E 124° 57.538’

Altitude; 1879m

Note; Sunbird habitat good up to N 8° 07.749’ E 124° 57.436’ at 1948m or 350m further up on the trail.

Birds of interest; Apo Sunbird, Apo Myna, Mountain Shrike, Amethyst Dove, …

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     Amethyst Dove Pandan Mountain Shrike

                                 Amethyst Dove                                                     Pandan                                                Mountain Shrike



Luzon; Candaba

(Protected marsh habitat)

N 15° 04.243’ E 120° 52.653’

Altitude; 7m

Birds of interest; Philippine Duck, Black Bittern, Island Collared Dove, Purple [Philippine] Swamphen,

White-browed Crake, Barred Rail, Painted Snipe, ducks, egrets, waders, reed warblers, …

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        Candaba Marsh Candaba

                      Black Bittern Purple Swamphen

                                                   Black Bittern                                                  Purple [Philippine] Swamphen



Luzon; Subic

(Start track to hill 394)

N 14° 45.690’ E 120° 18.608’

Altitude; 258m

Birds of interest; White-lored Oriole, White-fronted Tit, Green Racquet-tail, White-bellied Woodpecker, Luzon Flameback, Sooty Woodpecker, Blackish Cuckoo-Shrike, Whiskered Treeswift, Philippine Falconet, Philippine Tailorbird, Red-crested Malkoha, Rufous Coucal, Luzon Hornbill, Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove, …

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        Subic forest White-lored Oriole

                            Whiskered Treeswift White-bellied Woodpecker

            Clockwise; Forest view as seen from the track, White-lored Oriole, Whiskered Treeswift, White-bellied Woodpecker



 Luzon; Subic

(bat colony)

N 14° 47.348’ E 120° 16.259’

Altitude; 20m

Birds of interest besides 10000s of Golden Crowned Flying Fox and Philippine Giant Fruit Bats; White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Crested Myna…

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   Subic Bats Subic fruit bats Subic bat roost

    The Bats of Subic Bay return to roost in the morning. They're so numerous that the trees used really suffer and end up leafless.



Luzon; Los Banos/Makiling dairy husbandry

(Site for Buttonquails, Bush-hen…)

N 14° 09.317’ E 121° 14.674’

Altitude; 49m

Birds of interest; Spotted and Barred Buttonquails, Plain Bush-hen, Barred Rail, Long-tailed Shrike,

Striated Grassbird, Striated Swallow, Golden-headed Cisticola…

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        Barred Buttonquail Makiling forest

                                             Barred Buttonquail                                               The view on Mt. Makiling as seen from the location.



Luzon; Los Banos/Makiling river bridge

(Indigo-banded Kingfisher stake-out on the university grounds.)

N 14° 09.846’ E 121° 14.459’

Altitude; 44m

Birds of interest; Indigo-banded Kingfisher, House Swift, Lowland White-eye, Red-striped Flowerpecker.

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  Indigo-banded Kingfisher

  Indigo-banded Kingfisher



Luzon; Mt. Makiling

(Start of track up the mountain.)

N 14° 09.081’ E 121° 14.017’

Altitude; 102m

Birds of interest along the track; Spotted Wood-Kingfisher, Philippine Trogon, Scale-feathered Malkoha, Ashy Thrush, Black-and White Triller, Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher, Black-chinned Fruit-Dove, Flaming Sunbird etc…

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Makiling Rainforest Park  Scale-feathered Malkoha Mount Makiling

      Makiling mud spring Spotted Wood-Kingfisher

Makiling sign, Scale-feathered Malkoha, forest track, mudspring, Spotted Wood-Kingfisher.



Cebu; Tabunan Forest

(Local guide Oking’s house and start of the short walk to the forest.)

N 10° 26.188’ E 123° 49.090’

Altitude; 510m

Birds of interest; Red-striped Flowerpecker, Grey-rumped Swiftlet, Pygmy Swiftlet, Tawny Grassbird, …

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Cebu; Tabunan Forest

(Black Shama spot in the forest.)

N 10° 26.328’ E 123° 49.491’

Altitude; 521m

Birds of interest; Black Shama, Cebu Flowerpecker, White-vented Whistler, Streak-breasted Bulbul, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Crimson Sunbird, White-bellied Munia, Blue-crowned Racquet-tail, Balicassiao…

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Tabunan forest White-bellied Munia

                           View on the forest at Tabunan.                                            White-bellied Munias


Biliran; Bato airstrip

(Grassland, scrub and marshy edges)

N 11° 30.752’ E 124° 26.072’

Altitude; 39m

Birds of interest; Philippine Duck, Painted Snipe, White-browed Crake, Watercock, Buff-banded Rail, Barred Rail, Savanna Nightjar, Oriental Pratincole, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Oriental Skylark, Golden-headed Cisticola, Cinnamon Bittern, Lesser Coucal, Pied Bushchat, Long-tailed Shrike,…

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Philippine DuckPainted Snipe

Oriental PratincoleBuff-banded Rail

WatercockOriental Skylark

Lesser CoucalWhite-browed Crake

Philippine Duck, Painted Snipe, Oriental Pratincole, Buff-banded Rail,

Watercock, Oriental Skylark, Lesser Coucal and White-browed Crake.




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