There's something about watching birds that make us relive childhood dreams flying. Their grace as they glide, swoop, and flutter freely on air stokes the imagination.
In two of my travels in Mindanao, I was fortunate to have known members of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP), Jeniel Buday and Jovic Ferrer, who patiently waited for the birds to show themselves so they could capture them on camera.
These guys document the lives of these birds, and at the same time raise awareness of the birds' importance in the cycle of life.
Here's Choose Philippines' first flight of 10 wild birds from Mindanao.
1. Citrine canary flycatcher
Culicicapa helianthea – Lake Agco, Kidapawan City
2. Little pied flycatcher
Ficedula westermanni – Lake Agco, Kidapawan City
3. Sulphur-billed nuthatch
Sitta oenochlamys – Philippine Endemic, Lake Agco, Kidapawan City
4. Orange-bellied flowerpecker
Dicaeum trigonostigma – Eden Garden Resort, Davao City
5. Philippine bulbul
Hypsipetes philippinus – Philippine Endemic, Eden Garden Resort, Davao City
6. Black-crowned night heron
Nycticorax nycticorax – Baras Bird Sanctuary, Tacurong City
Sarcops calvus – Philippine endemic, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
8. Philippine hanging parrot
Loriculus philippensis (also widely known as the colasisi) – Philippine Endemic, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
9. Pinsker's hawk-eagle
A species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family – Philippine Endemic, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
10. Philippine trogon
Harpactes ardens – Philippine Endemic, Lake Agco, Kidapawan City
Watch out for the second flight!