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Hill 394, Subic Bay, Zambales

Philippine Bulbul
Philippine Bulbul

Balck-naped Oriole
Black-naped Oriole

Birding Site: Hill 394, Subic Bay, Zambales
Feb 17, 2005, 4:10pm to 6:15pm
Report: Mads Bajarias

After spending a blisteringly hot day scoping shorebirds in Pampanga, I was thinking of unwinding by paying a short visit to Dr. Joey Soriano and Randel Tria in Balanga, Bataan. Joey and Del had previously joined club members led by Arne last December when WBCP, along with some DENR personnel and Balanga counselors, counted shorebirds in Puerto Rivas and two more areas in Bataan.

I had merely wanted to ask Joey a few questions about where he had seen Glossy Ibis (something he had mentioned last December), and then head back home to Manila. But before I realized what was happening, I found myself in Joey's vehicle hurtling towards Subic, and despite my feeble initial protests (feeling tired, need to rest, etc. etc.), I somehow ended up, alongside Joey and Del, oooh-ing and aaah-ing at the sight of a Green Imperial-Pigeon.

A few minutes into the trail and I felt recharged. I even worked up the energy to rail at a vocal Blue-naped Parrot that seemed to be perched nearby-but for the life of me I just could not see through the foliage.

Joey occasionally birds in Subic and is familiar with the species in Hill 394. If anyone wants to join him on his day trips (although finding a common schedule might be tricky), just email me and I'll send you his contact numbers in the mean time that he isn't a club member (yet?).

Thanks Doc for dragging me along. By the way, amid all the crazy fun, I forgot to ask: Where DID you see the Glossy Ibis? :-)

1. Pompadour Green-Pigeon - 4
2. Yellow-breasted Fruit-dove - 1
3. Green Imperial-Pigeon - 2, more heard
4. Common Emerald-dove - 1
5. Blue-naped Parrot - 2 flying (seen only by Joey)
6. Guaiabero - 2 in flight, more heard
7. Colasisi - 1 in flight, more heard
8. Green Racquet-tail - 1 in flight with racquets showing(seen only by Joey)
9. Red-crested Malkoha - HO
10. Nightjar sp (possibly Great Eared Nightjar) - 6
11. Island Swiftlet - 5-10
12. Glossy Swiftlet - 2-5
13. Whiskered Treeswift - 2
14. Blue-throated Bee-eater - 4
15. Tarictic Hornbill - 4
16. Coppersmith Barbet - 2, more heard
17. Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike - 5-10
18. Blackish Cuckoo-shrike - 10-15
19. Yellow-vented Bulbul - 2
20. Philippine Bulbul - 5-10
21. Large-billed Crow - 5
22. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis - 2
23. White-browed Shama - HO
24. White-breasted Woodswallow - 2
25. Brown Shrike - 6
26. Coleto - c.10
27. Crested Myna - 1