Exactly two years ago, I was with a group of British birdwatchers (also called birders for naughty readers like you). It’s my first time to be part of a birdwatching tour. I accompanied the group as their guide for their three-day trip in Subic and Bataan.
Our lead guide for the bird tour was Mr. Nicky Icarangal, one of the experts in the country.
I tried to read up as much as I can about birds in the Philippines in preparation for this assignment. I only know about the maya, kalapati, parrot and the talking mynah birds because these are the ones that I saw when I was little. My readings led me to an interesting subject for the green minded. It’s about our very own, Philippine Bulbul (image below from Birdwatch.ph).
|Our Philippine Bulbul. The name might sound funny but the bird’s beautiful.|
When he has spotted one, he would ask the group to use their binoculars to check out the bird. In case that the bird is in a dark spot, he would use his flash light to guide the tourists.
|The Big British Birders with Binoculars. Second from the right is the lead guide, Mr. Nicky Icarangal.|
On a happy note, I’m pretty much confident that the Philippines rich in its biodiversity, has a lot to offer to visitors who wanted to see its beauty and more so, its birds. There is a market and we must explore whatever we have to sell the country as a whole.