Overview

Our Philippines Highlights tour covers the very best birding sites for those with less time to spend in the field, but still wishing for a fantastic overview of the region’s special species. During our tour, we can expect to encounter many of the islands’ most critically endangered and endemic birds plus numerous other spectacular migrants and residents. Potential highlights include the stunning Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, Philippine Megapode, Red-vented (Philippine) Cockatoo, Palawan Frogmouth, Philippine Hawk-Owl, Scale-feathered and Rough-crested Malkoha, Spotted Wood Kingfisher, Whiskered,  Hooded and Red-bellied Pitta, Blue-headed and Green Racket-tail, Palawan Hornbill, Ashy Thrush, Coleto, Balicassiao, Elegant and Palawan Tit, Palawan Flowerpecker, Guaiabero – and much besides!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Philippine Serpent Eagle, Palawan Frogmouth, Luzon Hawk-Owl, Luzon Scops Owl, Chocolate Boobook, Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo, Scale-feathered & Red-crested Malkohas, Spotted Wood Kingfisher, Hooded & Philippine Pitta, Philippine Megapode, Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, Blue-headed, Green & Montane Racket-tails, Palawan Hornbill, Ashy Thrush, Sooty & Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers, Coleto, Balicassiao, Elegant & Palawan Tits, Sulphur-billed Nuthatch, Palawan, Red-keeled & Striped Flowerpeckers, Guaiabero, Whiskered Pitta, Flame-breasted Fruit Dove, Philippine Fairy Bluebird, Amethyst Brown Dove, Rabor's Wren-Babbler, Blue-headed Fantail, Philippine Eagle-Owl, Rufous Hornbill.
Habitats Covered
lowland and montane rainforest, woodlands, rivers and wetlands, mudflats
Expected Climate
hot and humid, rain expected
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate to brisk pace, some long walks on forest trails
Accommodation
basic but comfortable hotels
Ease of Birding
challenging
Other Attractions
St Paul’s underground river, fast disappearing forests
Photographic Opportunities
good
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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.

The guides were knowledgeable, energetic, and very personable. I would go with Erik Forsyth anytime, anywhere. He made sure we were comfortable, well fed, and saw the birds, not an easy feat with the constant rainy conditions. I also appreciated his sense of humour. Yes, I would go with Rockjumper again, and I am planning on a 2019 trip already. They have become my favourite bird tour company for many reasons.

Although we had plenty of rain the trip turned out to be very rewarding. Erik Forsyth did an excellent job in trying to accommodate my strange request for knowledge on the vegetation of the Philippines. Although both Mark and he had no idea on how to respond to this request, they were able to get a tree book for my use. After losing the use of my cell phone which was used to take photos of the vegetation for future identification, Mark followed up by taking photos for me.

It was amazing that the guides could make the tour so enjoyable despite having rain 8 days out of 10! Guides were excellent. Erik Forsyth was very knowledgeable and personable.

We saw some good birds and are happy about that. Erik Forsyth is an excellent guide and companion. We would certainly travel with him again. He was most helpful for those of us whose eyes are not as sharp as they once were. Erik managed the group well and group dynamics were excellent. Local guides, such as at PICOP, were very friendly and most helpful. The Philippine ground agent/bird guide, Mark Villa, was certainly knowledgeable about the local birds and a good source of information. We have enjoyed Rockjumper tours in the past and hope to again.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
2022 DEPARTURES
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