I went back to Jugan alone yesterday. The sky was a dismal gray, and lighting was terrible, but lo and behold, I spied this single Collared Kingfisher perched on a branch just around a small bend. I took out my gear and shot just a burst of 5 before it flew off:
EOS 7D Mk2; Sigma 150-600 Sports with OS set to "1" @ 600mm, ƒ/6.3, Tv 1/250, ISO 640, Handheld:
What's the status of the birds in your area? Are they thinning out too or is it just my imagination?
Well Bobby, I can't say for sure because I don't go out to bird as often as before. I did notice that in Candaba, the ducks were not as many in the last few years or so.
Any update on the Olango birds? Are they still numerous there?
That's another thing that bothers me. Some species, so common before, are simply not as numerous as before. The Gray-tailed Tattlers are seldom seen, the Godwits are few and far between, and even the Curlews can be counted with your fingers now. Definitely, the flocks have thinned down very much - very strange really. Tateo was there recently and didn't even bother to take his camera with him!
My major suspect for this is Fukushima and the global cooling. Whatever is the cause, the bird population is suffering and someone has got to find out why this is happening. We plan to visit Alcoy soon and we have a trip scheduled for Negros come April. If we still observe the same thing, then it could be a sign of the deterioration of our environment.
Anyway, I sure hope they will recover next year, else we may have to look for other subjects to shoot :-)