Hi there. My names Steve and I am originally from London, England. I am a wader nut and fortunately have the opportunity to visit Olango every couple of weeks. I also help out with th monthly counts. I also count at the nearby lagoons at Mactan Bridge. Hilights have been watching a flock of 47 Asiatic Dowitchers feeding just yards in front of me and being surrounded by 5000 Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, 4000 Red Knecked Stints, 100 Far Eastern Curlew, 1000 Broad Billed Sandpipers, 600 Great Knot, 600 Terek Sandpipers, 50 Chinese Egrets and 2000 Gull Billed Terns last weekend.
If you need help or advice about Olango contact me.
Post by Nilo Arribas Jr. on Mar 12, 2012 13:00:40 GMT
Hi Steve, Welcome to the forum. I'm based in Mactan for 7 years now and still can't have enough of the waders in Olango. The numbers you indicated are relatively high which is not at all bad given the varying counts over the years there. I was not able to check the Internet for several weeks while birding in the some remote places and I may have missed relevant info... Anyway hope to meet you one of these days when I get back to Cebu.
Welcome to the forum Steve. There are a lot of Cebu birdnuts, aside from the famous Nilo Arribas, who go to Olango regularly. I hope you have met some of them already or if you haven't, I hope you meet some of them soon
The thing is I go way off the beaten trail. From where most birders go you would not even see a single Broad Billed Sandpiper, yet I have had over 1000. It is only possible when myself and the warden Socrates do manual checking of numbers. I believe there are even rarer waders there or to be found. I have seen several probable Dunlin and Socrates saw a possible Little Whimbrel las October. On my next visit I will be on the look out for Wandering Tattler, Bristale Thighed Curlew, Malaysian, Oriental and White Faced Plovers and Little Whimbrel all of which have the potential for turning up at Olango. Indeed a few months ago I flushed a Plover at Mactan that looked and sounded like an Oriental Plover, having missed one by a few hours at Mai Po Hong Kong last September
Showed the Tonji, Sylvia and Mike around Olango today. Managed to show them some extremely obliging waders, including Kentish, Greater and Lesser Sand, Grey and Pacific Golden Plovers, Swarms of Red Necked Stints, Curlew, Broad Billed and Terek Sandpipers. Up to 30 Asiatic Dowitchers and very close range. 50+ Chinese Egrets and hundreds of Great Knot and 1 extremely tame Sanderling that insisted on following us around. Photos to be posted shortly. Everything showed pretty much as I had hoped and predicted. Only downside I had was a minor RTA involving the tricycle I was riding on. No injuries but I did lose my cellphone. Tonji, can you PM me your cell number again. Thanks.
Post by Michael R. Anton on Mar 21, 2012 3:50:36 GMT
Hi Steve! Thanks for bringing us around Olango. Had a blast! Make sure you shoot us a pm when you're in Manila! Just catching up with work, I'll post photos of our pet Sanderling later. Glad no injuries. Thanks again bud!