Date: January 6, 2004
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm,
High tide was 0.4 m by 12nn
Weather: Bright sunlight, winds started
picking up at 2:30pm
by Mads Bajarias
the end of the Christmas season, whew! and everyone's not
so stressed anymore.(the suicide count in Cebu was 8, i
think. suicides always spike during this time).
able to visit Olango Island January 6 from 10am to 4:30pm.
my spotter-guide for the first 30 minutes was "Boy,"
who's been spotting birds there for 8 years. After 30 minutes,
I was left alone to my own devices (and confusion and headache
from the glare).
minute I arrived, he was kind enough to pick out for me
the Asian Dowitchers among the throng of godwits.
the way, the entrance fee is now P20 and for those who are
bringing lenses 100mm and above, you have to pay P500 more
for the privilege of using them. lenses 100mm and below
able to spot Asian Dowitchers and Chinese Egrets (both species
I missed out on last time i was there in Jan 2003)
1. Chinese egret - 2. Spotted both individuals foraging
quite near the birdhide. first saw them at noon among a
loose group of little egrets. 1 emerged again from behind
some mangroves at 3:45 pm
2. Little egret - 30 to 50. It was wonderful to see when
the egrets stood sideways to a strong wind and the wind
would blow/comb their feathers to one side.
3. Little heron - 20+. This is possibly the easiest to ID
4. Grey plover - 10+
5. Kentish plover - 10+
6. Greater sand plover - 2
7. Lesser sand plover - 6+. I missed out on the other plovers
which might have been foraging farther out.
8. Whimbrel - 20+. Numerous and a treat to listen to them
trilling in the afternoon when they started to land closer
to the hide.
9. Bar-tailed godwit - 50+. Quite many. They were perched
in the sand at noon. when the wind started in the afternoon,
they flew off along with hundreds of plovers and other smaller
birds and dispersed.
10. Common redshank - 20 to 30
11. Common greenshank - 5 to 10
12. Terek sandpiper - 20+
13. Common sandpiper - 5 to 10
14. Grey-tailed tattler - 10 to 20. Individuals foraged
very close to bird hide.
15. Ruddy turnstone - 10 to 20
16. Asian dowitcher - 4. There could have been more mixed
with the groups of bar-tailed godwits.
17. Great knot - 2+
18. Rufous necked stint - 1
19. Curlew sandpiper - 10 to 20
20. Black-headed gull - 2
21. Gull-billed tern - 1
22. Whiskered tern - 20 to 50
23. Spotted dove - 2
24. Common kingfisher - 1
25. White-collared kingfisher - 5 to 10
26. Olive-backed sunbird - 2
27. Pied fantail - 1