|The tide was quite high but there were some exposed sandy parts of the beach.|
We decided to skip the beach and go straight to the trails and try to find the Narcissus Flycatcher. As we were registering with the DENR personnel, he pointed out a young Reticulated Python coiled up on a low branch in front of the birdwatching station.
|Reticulate means “resembling a net or network;|
especially having veins, fibers, or lines crossing”
We entered the trail and kept our eyes open for any movement around us. There were a lot of and flitting around the trees. I saw a large-ish bird and recognized the tail of a cuckoo but the bird flew as soon as a called! Further down the trail, Mark spotted the cuckoo and we were able to observe a beautiful hepatic feeding on a tall tree.
We observed the cuckoo for a while until it disappeared from view and we refocused on finding the Narcissus Flycatcher. We went deeper into the trail and more birds were coming out. and came in big groups to feed and sang unseen around us. As we slowly walked the trail, Mark suddenly pointed out a bird, busy whacking a worm on a tall branch: !
|Blurred photo but I’m happy the bird’s colors can be seen|
We didn’t expect to find this bird! But there it was, busy with its meal! After eating the worm, it adjusted its perch, looked around, and flew away. Lifer! We trudged on, still looking for the Narcissus Flycatcher. We were nearing the end of the trail and I managed to spy a through the leaves near the first pond.
There was a big group of students at the birdwatching station and Mark pointed out the python to them. They also swarmed around Chin, curious about his attire and gear, asking if he was a soldier ;)
|Mark being swarmed my students|
|Sir Chin's turn to be swarmed with students|
The girls moved on and so did we to the beach. There were some egrets by the water’s edge and some large waders foraging in the sandy trash (or trashy sand.) Upon closer inspection, more waders came into focus! , , , , and walked along the beach searching for food. We also spotted one on the beach as well as a couple of and !
Pacific Golden Plover (foreground) and Common Redshank (background)
|Chinese Egret (L) and Little Egret (R)|
|Can you spot the Terek Sandpiper?|
We also spotted a huge flock of that would fly across the water and land on the shore again. Among the stints were some larger and whiter birds… my second lifer of the day: ! I missed seeing them in LPPCHEA years before and I was thrilled to finally tick them off this year! They stayed long enough for me to study their markings and compare them to the other waders beside them.
|Stints on the move!|
|Bad photo but I can see a Sanderling there!!!|
‘Til my next attempt, Unicorn Bird.