Thursday, July 12, 2007

Olongo Island, Cebu, Philippines

My wife, Honey, her sister, two cousins and I spent a nice day birding at Olongo Island yesterday. Olongo Island has a protected coral flat that severs as a migration and wintering site for shorebirds. Fall migrants are beginning to show and we got the following list.

Little Egret 40
Pacific Reef-Heron 1
Little Heron 15
Greater Sand-Plover 8
Lesser Sand-Plover 3
Black-bellied Plover 3
Eurasian Curlew 6
Whimbrel 40
Bar-tailed Godwit 2
Common Greenshank 3
Red-necked Stint 5
Gray-tailed Tattler 10
Gull-billed Tern 1
Spotted Dove 5
Zebra Dove 2
Lesser Coucal 1
Collared Kingfisher 3
Black-naped Oriole 2
Pied Triller 1
Pied Fantail 3
Golden-bellied Flyeater 5
Philippine Glossy-Starling 5
Olive-backed Sunbird 3
Eurasian Tree-Sparrow 5

I tried to turn some of the juvenile Litte Egrets into Chinese Egrets but I think we were too early for them. I'll post some pics when we get home next week.


The Clown said...

How often do you think about parrots?

Not often enough. These 5 tips will have you rushing out to the pet store.

In fact, don't delay. Don't even read the rest of this article. Don't even get dressed, get in your car and go buy one.

Then rush back to find out how darn useful they are. Why are you still there? Get going now.

You back? Take the wrapping off of your parrot. Sit it on your shoulder, peering at the screen with you, so you can learn together. Prepare to be amazed.

1. Parrots mimic what you do. There...did you see? They are amazing creatures. In that split second, they discovered how to use a PC, keyboard and mouse. You can now get a proper job, and your parrot will blog for you all day. Better still, when you get home, they'll tell you the best posts they read, recite any comments you've received, and save you trolling through the usual nonsense.

2. Not many people know this, but parrots are fantastic swimmers. They love it. And they can save you a fortune on plumbing bills. Blocked toilet? Simply flush your parrot. They get right to cause of the blockage and their beaks are especially designed to break up the crap. When the parrot emerges for air grab it straight away. They love it so much, they'll just dive straight back in otherwise. Can't be bothered washing them? Stick 'em straight in the washer. They adore the spin cycle.

3. Lazy? Overweight? Unfit? Pissed off with society telling you to eat less or exercise more? Fear not. Parrots are not only IT-savvy, they are amazing chefs. And you can combine those skills together. They can internet shop. Have the ingredients for your favourite meals delivered, and a most fantastic gourmet delight served piping hot for your arrival home from work. Parrot feathers absorb grease, oils and other leftovers. So when you have finished, simply wipe your plate with your parrot. Voila! a clean dish for your next meal tomorrow.

4. Take them to the office. Perched on your cubicle, specially adapted bluetooth headsets make them ideal secretaries. They can take sales calls. Answer the usual bull you have to listen to from colleagues. And shit on them if they really get on your nerves.

5. Improve your sex life. Chase your parrot around the room vigorously for 10 minutes. Make whooping noises. It has to be frightened. The adrenaline transfers an irresistible hormone which can be extracted from the sweat. Wipe it with a cloth. Dab your neck with the cloth before your date. DON'T go into the restaurant. Instead meet her for a drink. One whiff of your parrot-aroma will save you a fortune. She will want to go back to your place straight away. Just try stopping her undressing you in the cab home.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great trip! Glad that there are protected areas for shorebirds there.