like to pursue it for science, some for its philosophical
payoff, and some for both schools of thought.
days ago, Arribas saw a nest with two unhatched eggs.
It was attached to a pako leaf, an edible fern that
grows breast-high. It worried him that once the leaves
go dry, the nest might fall and harm would come to the
scene speaks of the fragility of birds and how they
symbolize life forms. While man can build homes, birds
are vulnerable to the elements and man’s activities.
It makes Arribas appreciate the amenities of life better.
early bird (he came to the appointment about 10 minutes
ahead of time), he migrated from Manila to Cebu last
year and thereafter organized the Cebu chapter. The
Manila club started in 2003.
They started as a social club. Passion for birds was
something in common between the precursors: Mike Lu,
WBCP president, and Annette Tamayo, formerly a teacher
in Ateneo. They got on it as katuwaan (doing something
for a lark). The club grew more feathers through James
McCarthy, a British birder, who helped them.
essence of WBCP is to share the experience and to bring
the joy of bird-watching to the average Filipino who
may not have the money or time to go to far places.
One can watch birds at home for starters.
have gone to Binlod, Argao, where they found Philippine
ducks, a rare sighting in Cebu; and at the SRP, some
400 Black-headed Gulls.
hold monthly bird-watching trips, called Bird Walk,
for the public. It’s only three hours short. Last
Feb. 19, they had a Birdwatching Tour at Royal Cebu
Estate in Casili, Consolacion.