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  1. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Ah, I think I may've pre-empted a split there tbh Andy, I'm referring to the aurora race of Olive-backed sunbird. Really smart, and quite distinctive looking birds.
  2. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    I think getting my eye in on Palawan and Coron really helped, I sort of knew what height and likely locations to search for calling birds, as well as the best approach with birds on the ground (less successful and about 100x more tricky admittedly!). Always good to have a reason to return anyways...
  3. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Thanks Mike, I think that the patience is more on my wife's part though to be honest!
  4. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    For any interested parties, please find the completed report attached - any questions please feel free to DM me. Be warned, it is quite a long read...
  5. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    ...and as a special treat for those of you who haven't been fortunate enough to experience that unmistakable bounce, I give you "man struggling in jungle with bridge camera despite showy Philippine Pitta". Look out Spielberg!
  6. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Day 3 (1/6): Zig-Zag road and Sabang The day was to start with an pre-dawn visit (the first of many throughout the trip!) to the Zig-Zag road in order to get a first proper introduction to some of the island specialities and enjoy some fairly relaxed birding along the road and the old trail...
  7. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Day 2 (31.5): Puerto Princesa and Zig-Zag road Following an overnight flight to Puerto Princesa via Manila, we were due to arrive on Palawan early morning. Given this was something of a spare day, we decided to arrange a hire car with the aim of visiting Pandan island for a few hours before...
  8. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Many thanks Frank, much more to come (when I've time to write more!)
  9. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Day 1 (30/5): Singapore This was our first long haul trip where we had booked onto a direct flight, and as a result we had managed to ensure a full day in Singapore before continuing onto the Philippines on an overnight flight. As a result of spending so long in the confines of the plane, and...
  10. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Selected Highlights Palawan and Coron The standout highlights were excellent views of both Philippine and several Hooded Pitta, with particularly good views of the latter. A calling Mantanani Scops-owl at a new location was unexpected, whilst four very showy Philippine (Red vented) Cockatoo...
  11. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    Palawan trails and access update 2023 Following the covid pandemic, a number of trails frequented by birders have fallen into a state of disrepair – in particular the trail systems around Sabang and the Underground River National Park. Sabang ATV trail This trail is effectively defunct, with...
  12. dwatsonbirder

    Honeymooning: Palawan and Singapore

    This is probably a bit premature as we don't head out until Monday, but just in case any of this info is helpful for anyone planning a trip at present... Introduction Aside from a couple of brief trips to Europe, this was the first major trip Kathi and I had made together since the Covid-19...
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