Philippines dating trip report
Although we spent an hour or more watching the canopy from this vantage point we were not lucky enough to see that species (Oking claimed to have last seen one in the fall of 2017, Nicky not since 2006…), but we did come away with close views of Elegant Tit, Everett’s White-eye, Philippine Coucal, and the ubiquitous Red-keeled Flowerpeckers.
Black Shama was our primary quarry as we made the descent back into the forest, and it was not long before we had one at point-blank range, too close to raise the bins.
This road offers good views of the canopy, and the birding was much easier here than in the densely forested park.
After reading a few trip reports that highlighted the challenges of renting a car in the Philippines or advocated hitching rides on the backs of motorbikes, I concluded that hiring a driver would be the most comfortable, safe and sensible way to get to the birding sites, and contacted the Manila-based company Birding Adventure Philippines ( for recommendations.Habitat Bohol (formerly called Simply Butterflies) is a butterfly garden that is a popular stop on the island’s package-tour route, and throughout the day buses disgorge groups of tourists to visit the walk-in butterfly enclosure and have lunch or ice cream in the open-air restaurant.In a private area at the back of the gardens are some basic accommodations that are apparently used mostly just by birders.29 May Cebu City is the second-largest metropolis in the Philippines (next to Manila), and has an international airport with direct connections to Hong Kong and a number of other locations in Asia, making it easy to reach from North America.My flight from LAX via Hong Kong arrived into Cebu City at about 11 a.m., and a driver was there to meet me and deliver me to the Montebello Villa Hotel.