The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will be publishing a 'Guide to the birds of Ricefields' later this year, featuring photographs taken by a number of photographers. We are short of a few pictures however, and need some help. If you would like your photographs to appear in the guide, and you have a photograph of one of the following birds (preferably taken in the Philippines) then please get in touch with me (by PM at this site). Unfortunately we have no budget to pay for photographs,contributors will be given full credit in the guide.
Asian Palm-Swift Australasian Lark Black Bittern Black Drongo Common Greenshank Eurasian Kestrel Eurasian Tree Sparrow Grass Owl Great-eared Nightjar Green Sandpiper House Swift Island Swiflet Oriental Reed- Warbler Pechora Pipit Pied Harrier Plaintive Cuckoo Purple Needletail Ruddy-breasted Crake White Wagtail White-winged Tern
I have been contacted by an author of a forthcoming book on Woodpeckers of the World with a request for high quality photographs of The Greater Flameback complex from here in the Philippines. If there are any forum members who would like to contribute towards this project (there won't be payment, but there will be acknowledgements etc) please contact me and I shall put you in touch with the author.
Amazing shots here, and I'm certainly inspired to get to this reserve as soon as I can! One thing, the Woodpecker is not Greater Flameback (which has been renamed Red-headed Flameback), it's Spot-throated Flameback (used to be called Common Flameback).
This is not an Arctic Warbler, it's a Yellow-browed Warbler!
The most obvious feature is the double wing-bar. The main one on the greater coverts is very strong, much more obvious than Arctic, and the second on the median coverts, while short, is also very obvious. If Arctic shows a second wing-bar it is very weak, not at all like this bird. The bill is also much too small for Arctic, The supercilium of the Arctic also does not extend onto the forehead, and this one so clearly does (4th photo). Overall Arctic is quite a 'strong' looking 'chunky' bird, this has a much more dainty feel.
The strong double wing-bar is indicative of one of Yellow-browed, Humes' or Two-barred Greenish Warblers. The tips to the tertials are pale with dark centres, particularly the shorter ones (see photo 1), this rules out Two-barred Greenish. The pale legs indicate Yellow-browed rather than Humes' and the distribution would also suggest that (Yellow-browed are common in HK).
Great record there Ramon! I've seen these a few times on Makiling, particularly this winter, but never an adult male. I think they might be more regular than we realise, we just need to get into the right habitat more often.
The shrike is a Brown Shrike. The race we get most commonly here is lucionensis, which has a pale crown, nape and mantle, often appearing greyish as in this photograph. The Mountain Shrike has a uniform slate-grey crown, nape and mantle, as well as chestnut flanks. It also doesn't occur on Negros, being restricted to Luzon, Mindoro and Mindanao.
An interesting looking bird. You have correctly identified what I feel are the two candidates. Juvenile Chinese Sparrowhawk and Besra.
The case for Besra I feel is mainly the strength of the throat-stripe, which is striking, particularly the second photograph, but note "juveniles of Japanese, Chinese and especially Shikra also all have a throat stripe" and "juveniles of all these four species often unreliably distinguishable in the field"
The case for Chinese Sparrowhawk is a bit more substantive. My text refers to "head darker and often slate-tinged" (Besra has "rufous cheeks"), legs "yellow to orange yellow" (Besra has "greenish-yellow to yellow" legs).
On balance I'd go for Chinese Sparrowhawk, but wouldn't stake much on it!
All quotes from Raptors of the World by Ferguson-Lees & Christie.