I'm an amateur photographer who will be arriving to the Philippines in one month. My main goal is to capture and see some new exciting species of wildlife (birds and Mammals).
I will appreciate any assistance in picking spots which can be interesting and suitable for finding birds. I'm looking for more isolated areas without to many people, but closer to a lodge or a place to spend the night at.
I appreciate any assistance given. all of your pictures here are truly amazing and I can wait to witness the live beautiful birds of the Philippines in my own eyes.
Post by Ramon Quisumbing on Jan 4, 2013 11:49:26 GMT
The most convenient place to see montane birds is Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Mt. Banahaw, Quezon, which is about 2 hours drive from Manila. You can rent a large room with all amenities at the BK Mountain Lodge or a rustic cottage at Bangkong Kahoy Campground. The birding is all around and up the mountain. The area is private and secure with only a few people, and the air is cool (18 degrees at night) and the forest is beautiful. Hardly any mosquitoes.
For lowland forest birds, I suggest Subic, which is about 2-3 hours drive from Manila. Lots of hotels and inns there.
For waterbirds, I suggest Candaba Swamp, which is 1-1/2 hours from Manila. I don't know about hotels there.
For more exotic and plentiful birds, I highly recommend Capayas Creek Bird Preserve in Coron, Palawan (1 hour flight from Manila). The new Italian-owned La Natura Resort is very convenient, only 200 meters away. Very nice cottages and great Italian food in a beautiful, riverside forest setting.