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Philippine Eagle at Mt Kitanglad

SITE/LOCALITY: Mt. Kitanglad Range National Park, Malaybalay, Bukidnon - Del Monte Lodge
BARANGAY: Dalwangan
CITY: Malaybalay
PROVINCE: Bukidnon
ISLAND: Mindanao

Philippine Eagle at Mt Kitanglad

The birding adventure to Mt. Kitanglad was wonderful. The birding was great, with many different species seen, including many lifers for me. One of the highlights, among many, was seeing the Philippine eagles. They were nesting, and there was one eaglet in the nest we were fortunate to observe.

The habitat is varied – farmland, grown-over fallow fields, forests, and forest edges with shrubs. The farmers are employing a slash and burn method of clearing land for farming, and are using pesticides and herbicides.

The days started off with partly cloudy skies, with thunderstorms in the afternoon. On Saturday the trails turned into rivers - the downpour was so intense. Sunday wasn't as torrential, but we got quite wet both days.

The daytime provided warm, comfortable temperatures, and the nights were a bit chilly. The adventure is quite a memorable one. I'm happy to have had such a knowledgeable guide (thanks Tim) and enthusiatic birding companions! The local guides were also wonderful, and were really into birding, which was a pleasure.

START DATE: 1/16/2009
END DATE: 1/19/2009

OTHER BIRDERS PRESENT: Timothy Fisher, Goh Yue Yun, Anna Maria Gonzales, Ixi Mapua, Temay Padero, Sylvia Ramos, Tonji Ramos, Dave Robbins, Monica Stevens, Peter Stevens, Leni Sutcliffe, Mark Wallbank

ENVIRONMENT CONDITION: mostly cloudy to sunny, rain in afternoons

TRIP NOTES: Blue-and-white Flycatcher sighting by YueYun: "When I first saw the bird perched on a branch, it was only a dark silhouette. When I got my bins on it, I could see that its back was of a nice deep velvety blue.

It then turned slightly and I could see it had pure white underparts. Then it flew off. I didn't see the face or full front of the bird. It was medium size and had an upright stance. I don't recall seeing such a bird before. Tim thought it was the Blue and White Flycatcher after I described it."

1. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis X
2. Oriental Honeybuzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 1
3. Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus 2
4. Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus 1
5. Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela 1 (Spilornis holospilus)
6. Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi 3 2 adults, 1 nestling
7. Plain Bush-hen Amaurornis olivacea 1 ho
8. Bukidnon Woodcock Scolopax bukidnonensis 1
9. White-eared Brown-Dove Phapitreron leucotis 1 ho
10. Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus occipitalis 2 1 imm
11. Philippine Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia tenuirostris 1
12. Spotted Dove (Spotted-necked Dove) Streptopelia chinensis 2
13. Montane Racquet-tail Prioniturus montanus 6 (Prioniturus waterstradti)
14. Colasisi Loriculus philippensis 7
15. Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo Cuculus pectoralis X ho
16. Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus 1 others heard
17. Philippine Coucal Centropus viridis 2 heard more
18. Philippine Scops-Owl Otus megalotis 1 ho
19. Giant Scops-Owl (Mindanao Eagle-Owl) Mimizuku gurneyi 1 ho
20. Philippine Frogmouth Batrachostomus septimus 1 ho
21. Great Eared Nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis 1 ho
22. Philippine Nightjar Caprimulgus manillensis 1 ho
23. Philippine Swiftlet Aerodramus mearnsi 1
24. Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta X common
25. Purple Needletail Hirundapus celebensis 2
26. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 2
27. Mindanao Tarictic (Mindanao Hornbill) Penelopides affinis 1 others heard
28. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker (Philippine Woodpecker) Dendrocopos maculatus 1
29. Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus 3
30. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica X
31. McGregor's Cuckoo-shrike Coracina mcgregori 4
32. Pied Triller Lalage nigra 2
33. Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier 4 common
34. Philippine Bulbul Ixos philippinus 3
35. Elegant Tit Parus elegans 20
36. Sulphur-billed Nuthatch Sitta oenochlamys 8
37. Stripe-breasted Rhabdornis Rhabdornis inornatus 5
38. Brown Tit-Babbler Macronous striaticeps 1 ho
39. White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana X ho
40. Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata 2
41. Island Thrush Turdus poliocephalus 1 ho
42. Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus 40
43. Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis 2
44. Mountain Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus trivirgatus 2
45. Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis 3 others heard
46. Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris 3
47. Mountain Tailorbird Orthotomus cuculatus 2 (Orthotomus heterolaemus)
48. Long-tailed Ground-Warbler (Long-tailed Bush-Warbler) Bradypterus caudatus 1 ho
49. Warbler sp. Syllvidae sp. 1
50. Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta 3
51. Mountain Verditer-Flycatcher (Island Verditer Flycatcher) Eumyias panayensis 8
52. Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni 3
53. Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana 1 see Trip Notes for description
54. Black-and-cinnamon Fantail Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea 10
55. Yellow-bellied Whistler Pachycephala philippinensis 1 + 1 more heard
56. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 1
57. Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 10
58. Richard's Pipit (Paddyfield Pipit or Oriental Pipit) Anthus richardi 2 (Anthus rufulus)
59. White-breasted Wood-swallow Artamus leucorynchus X
60. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach 2
61. Mountain Shrike Lanius validirostris 1
62. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus 2
63. Short-tailed Glossy Starling (Short-tailed Starling) Aplonis minor 12
64. Coleto Sarcops calvus 2
65. Apo Myna Basilornis miranda 3
66. Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis 2
67. Grey-hooded Sunbird Aethopyga primigenia 2
68. Apo Sunbird Aethopyga boltoni 1
69. Olive-capped Flowerpecker Dicaeum nigrilore 30
70. Buzzing Flowerpecker Dicaeum hypoleucum 2 others heard
71. Pygmy Flowerpecker Dicaeum pygmaeum 4
72. Mountain White-eye Zosterops montanus 50
73. Black-masked White-eye Lophozosterops goodfellowi 2
74. Cinnamon Ibon Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus 2
75. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus X at village where started walk
76. Red-eared Parrotfinch Erythrura coloria 1 + 1 more heard
77. White-bellied Munia Lonchura leucogastra 1
78. Chestnut Munia (Black-headed Munia) Lonchura malacca 6