in Makiling Botanic Garden by Mads Bajarias
Botanic Gardens, Mt Makiling
Date: February 2, 2003
by Mads Bajarias and LuAnn Fuentes
weekend lu-ann and i went back to the makiling botanic garden
because she didn't see the parrots when we birded there the
previous weekend (1/26/03).
arived in the junction to the campus at around 7 and decided
to take the jeepney that goes through the lower campus instead
of the one going directly to forestry.
off at the main gate and proceeded to the big (acacia?) tree
in front of the gate. the tree was busy with bird activity.
specifically sparrows. an army of them.
i saw the biggest, fattest yellow-vented bulbul i've ever
seen. i don't know what the bulbuls eat in there but this
bulbul sure loves it. the bulbul was as plump as a pigeon!
it was like it was on steroids.
the same tree we saw a bar-bellied cuckoo-shrike. i'm not
sure if this species is nest-parasitic but it was looking
intently at the nesting sparrows. the one we saw had black
eyes and black eye-rings. the one in the Kennedy etal. illustration
has lighter eyes.
hiked to the botanic garden and went directly to the feeding
tree. less than a minute later the first colasisi came out.
male. 4-5 inches. it was hanging from a vine with pretty light
blue flowers. the caretaker said this flower is called Blue
Sky. the colasisis and sunbirds like to munch on the blossoms.
must have spent an hour just looking at this single tree.
sunbirds and red-keeled flowerpeckers were aplenty.
about an hour we saw two colasisis in this single tree. both
males. the other one was quite large about 6-7 inches. this
duo might be the same parrots we saw the previous weekend.
1. Bar-bellied cuckoo-shrike.
2. Red-keeled flowerpecker. c.10
3. Grey-streaked flycatcher.
1. - it was in the same exact spot we saw it previous weekend
4. Philippine bulbul. 2. mid-story
near path going to the raptor center
5. Yellow-vented bulbul. just
1 BUT VERY LARGE! :-)
6. Colasisi. 2. males. very beautiful!
7. Scale-feathered malkoha. 1
- we were on the bridge when i heard it but couldn't see it
fast enough. lu-ann saw it flit in the understory near the
path going to raptor center
8. Red-crested malkoha. 1. opposite
side of maralas
9. Olive-backed sunbird. c.10
10. Purple-throated sunbird.
11. Plain-throated sunbird. c.5
12. Brown shrike
13. Barn swallow
14. Pacific swallow
For those who want to see the colasisis in the botanic garden:
go inside the gate, past the rotunda. walk on until you reach
the first concrete bench on the right side. there's also a
concrete receptacle for garbage. look for the tree on your
right whose branches are covered with epiphytes. the epiphyte's
bloom is called Blue Sky (according to a caretaker of the
property). i don't know how long this is in bloom, though.