A magazine for staff and friends of Cathay Pacific Airways
January 2012, Issue 190, p.8
Photography passion takes flight
ISM Marester Macasiano Takes stunning photos of birds in her spare
The beautiful sight of a flock of birds in flight or walking
quietly through a forest patiently hoping for an elusive glimpse
of a colorful wing is what spurs Inflight Service Manager Marester
Macasiano in her passion for wildlife photography.
Marester says her interest started with her desire to capture
memories of her travels combined with her love for the outdoors.
"My initial foray into this hobby was not a walk in the
park. I had to learn about the different species of birds, explore
their habitats and use the appropriate equipment and techniques,"
"I mainly go on expeditions in the Philippines with my husband,
who is also a wildlife photographer. We have targets to hit along
the way about what we can expect to see.
"You learn a lot, specially about the patience required
to get a good capture and the need to get up early in the morning.
We also spend countless hours in the field and basically expose
ourselves to various environmental conditions such as gusty winds,
heavy rain and extreme heat," she adds.
Bird photography has also increased her love for the environment
"I have had to learn about the habitats and characters of
the birds and the time of the year when they can be seen. Since
we are capturing migratory birds, it is often necessary to return
several times to capture them properly.
"Sadly, you seldom find primary forest now and I have seen
all the devastation and logging going on which means the forests
are almost gone," Marester says.
Marester is a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
and the Philippine Bird Photography Forum and the group took part
in a photo exhibit in Cebu in July entitled "Migratory Birds:
Global Ambassadors of the Changing Environment".
"The photo exhibit was to show selected migratory shorebirds
taken in the locality and highlight their role relative to climate
change. A lot of our birds are in the brink of extinction due
to ignorance and lack of education," Marester says, adding
that an exhibition of forest birds is now being planned.
On a personal note, Marester is hoping to get more sunbirds in
"I only have a few of these beautiful, colorful birds but
I would love to have the full collection!"