The Philippines is a lovely country,
perhaps more famous for its azure tropical seas teaming
with colourful fish and whale sharks. But at its heart
lies mountainous tracts of primary rainforest, home to many
endemic species of bird, frog and mammal. I
made a month long trip here in 2004 to work alongside scientists
and local staff on Negros Island. Many ventures into
the forest with a guide got me close to a few animals, mainly
birds, but working alone was my favourite method for photography.
Hours in hides got me close to several of the local bird
species, and on one occasion too close - far too close to
a pit viper whose seat I was inadvertently sharing for a
few hours - until I noticed it! My closest
shave with an air rescue for a long time!
Here's the Pit Viper I
nearly sat on!
Classic bushmeat, now
A common small bird photographed
whilst on a Biodiversity Survey.
"Holding a Thread whilst
Hanging to a Thread."
bellied imperial pigeon
A very shy Philippine
bird often found in dense cover.
A very endangered hornbill
endemic to the Philippines. Photographed on Negros
An incredibly rare and
endangered bird patrols the Rainforest floor of Luzon Island.
A religious emblem in a largely catholic country.