I participated in the Jan-Feb [private] tour to the Philippines guided by Rich Lindie…. I have to say that Rich’s … indefatigable attempts to make our trip a success was exemplary in every way. His birding skills are definitely well above the norm in birding companies I am familiar with (including some very elite companies.) Rich is also enthusiastic, energetic, fun loving, patient and always in full control of his clients. In short, he is in the elite echelons of the guiding profession and should be considered a valuable asset to your organization. It is my intent to single out trips guided by him for my travel considerations.
Our Philippines Endangered Endemics birding tour explores the Philippines’ three largest islands, in our quest to find as many endemic bird species and regional specialties as possible. On Luzon we visit sites for Stripe-headed Creeper (Rhabdornis), Scale-feathered Malkoha, the sensational Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove and secretive Whiskered Pitta. On Palawan, white sandy beaches, extensive coral reefs and an underground river make a great backdrop for a number of the specials we are likely to find. Highlights on our Philippines bird watching tour include the mound-building Philippine Megapode, Red-bellied and Hooded Pittas, the incredibly beautiful Blue Paradise Flycatcher and glittering Palawan Peacock-Pheasant. Mindanao hosts the largest tracts of remaining lowland forest and here we search for the more secretive birds of the Philippines, including Wattled Broadbill, Azure-breasted Pitta and Philippine Trogon. The forested slopes of Mount Kitanglad are the most reliable site on our Philippines bird watching tour for the magnificent Philippine Eagle; this giant raptor is often rated as the world’s single most desirable bird! Here we will also search for other birds of the Philippines including the recently discovered Bukidnon Woodcock, Apo Myna and Giant Scops Owl.
Our Visayan Islands Extension takes in the smaller islands of Cebu, Bohol and Negros where we target some highly sought-after birds of the Philippines, including the critically endangered Cebu Flowerpecker, Flame-templed Tree-Babbler and Visayan Broadbill. This extension also provides chances for the strange Philippine Colugo and Philippine Tarsier, while the Chocolate Hills scenery is simply spell-binding!
Our Philippines Highlights tour covers the very best Bird watching in Philippines sites for those with less time to spend in the field, but still wishing for a fantastic overview of the region’s special species.
On a more somber note, the thousands of islands that comprise the Philippines are also home to the most birds facing imminent extinction. Many of these critically endangered and often spectacular species survive only in increasingly shrinking remnants of habitat, which is tragically continuing unabated and putting the islands’ numerous endemic bird species under ever-greater survival pressure. During our Philippines birding tour, we can expect to encounter close to 150 of these endemic bird species and many other spectacular migrants and residents.