6-28 February 2010 (23 days)
Sites to visit: Luzon: 1. Subic Bay to see a good number of endemic forest birds ranging from gorgeous racquet-tails to the strange Coleto. 2. Mount Polis for high-altitude habitats hosting the Luzon Water Redstart among others 3. Palawan to see the Philippine Cockatoo and the Palawan Peacock Pheasant 4. Mt. Makiling for the noisy Spotted Kingfisher Mindanao: 1. Lowland forests of Bislig area where the Steere's Pitta and Short-crested Monarch can be found 2. Mt. Kitanglad for the endangered Bukidnon Woodcock and magnificent Philippine Eagle.
27th February - 21st March 2010 (23 days)
Luzon: 1. Mindoro to see the Spotted Imperial Pigeon, Black-hooded Coucal, Mindoro Boobook (or Mindoro Hawk-Owl), Mindoro Hornbill and Scarlet-collared Flowerpecker. 2. Sierra Madre Mountains for the Flame-breasted and Cream-bellied Fruit-Doves, Luzon Bleeding-heart, the colourful Whiskered Pitta, among others. Visayas: 1. Bacolod to search for the will search the slopes of Mount Canloan for specialities such as Visayan Hornbill, White-winged Cuckoo-shrike, the beautiful Flame-templed Babbler, Negros Striped Babbler, White-vented Whistler and Visayan Flowerpecker. 2. Rajah Sikatuna National Park to seek out the Philippine Frogmouth, the Visayan Wattled Broadbill, Azure-breasted Pitta, Black-crowned Babbler and Yellow-breasted Tailorbird. 3. Cebu to finally see the Black Shama and Cebu Flowerpecker. Mindanao: 1. Zamboaga for the Zamboanga Bulbul and White-eared Tailorbird 2. Mount Apo to search for some elusive montane endemics, including Mindanao Scops Owl, Mindanao Lorikeet and Whiskered Flowerpecker.
A 15-day holiday, based in very comfortable hotels, in search of the endemic and other birdlife of some of the most contrasting islands in the delightful Philippines archipelago; plus an optional ‘Whale Shark’ extension.
From the luxurious to the basic, visitors can choose from a wide variety of the best hotel chains, business hotels, serviced apartments, pension houses, apartels and inns that cater to their desired level of comfort and convenience
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The Philippine Eagle Centre, located at the foothills of the majestic Mt. Apo, is operated by the Philippine Eagle Foundation as a facility for the care and propagation of the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). The centre houses 32 eagles, 18 of which were successfully bred through human intervention (captive-bred). At the centre, one can closely observe the remarkable eagle as well as other species such as Brahminy Kites and Indonesian Lorries.
The Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) is a large dabbling duck of the genus Anas. It has a black crown, nape and eye stripe, with a cinnamon head and neck. Rest of body is greyish brown with a bright green speculum. Its legs are greyish brown, and its bill is blue grey.
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