Panglao Island off Bohol
May 20 to 23
Weather: Cloudy with scattered rains
by Kitty Arce
family and I went to Panglao Island, in Bohol from May 20-23.
We stayed at this very pretty resort where I heard lots of
doves, sunbirds and other species. Too bad though because
the part of the resort where I heard most of the interesting
bird calls were off limits to guests
and there were no trails.
I managed to see some birds.
For those unfamiliar with the area, Bohol island is located
in the Visayas. The land is almost flat. On my next trip,
I will try to visit Rajah Sikatuna National Park. The park
is along the road to the Chocolate Hills. There are lots of
mangroves too. Another good birding site I think is along
the Loboc River.
When we were there it was cloudy. I didn't need too much sunblock.
It rained a couple of times but still had a good time.
Here are the birds I saw:
Zebra doves (Geopelia striata) - flock of 4-5. Heard and seen
walking along the pathway of the resort every morning
Kingfisher spp - only heard inside the resort. Likely to be
White-Collared Kingfisher. It mustve been inside the prohibited
Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) - 1 a life bird
for me! Very beautiful and the stripe on the wing which was
very obvious made it very different from the Pied fantail.
Thought it was a pied fantail at first. The tail is not fan-shaped
at all! I thought it looked very
beautiful and elegant.
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) - 4 (2 couples) seen every
morning in the resort. They seemed like in a courtship mood
Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) - Common everywhere
even in Tagbilaran City
White Brested Wood-Swallow (Artamus leucorychus) - 1 -seen
roostingon an roof antenna with an Asian Glossy Starling
Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) - 2 seen perched on electric
wires along streets in Panglao Island
Sunbird spp - common everywhere! I was not able to postively
identify every sunbirds but they sound very much and look
like the Olive-Backs in our property in Cavite. The ones I
saw had yellow bellies and with dark backs ...so these might
have been Olive-backed Sunbirds. I heard these birds throughout
the day wherever in Bohol I went!
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura malacca) - 2 saw these Munias perched
in a small tree from the bus
to the airport! The tree was right next to my window!