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Sports / 7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:10:00 AM »

7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition by alabang, on Flickr

The first time I shot surfing was in 2007 in Guiuan. Fast forward to 2011 and I am back again with better ideas. :-)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiuan,_Eastern_Samar

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:29:44 AM »

Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) by alabang, on Flickr

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

Settings: 0.125 sec (1/8) f/2.8 400mm ISO 160

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 18, 2014, 10:08:49 AM »
Awesome closeup Jack.


Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively coloured, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines (where it is known as Tikling), New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand (where it is known as the Banded Rail or Moho-pereru in Māori),[2] and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.

It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region.[3]

The Buff-banded Rail is an omnivorous scavenger which feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse. Its nest is usually situated in dense grassy or reedy vegetation close to water, with a clutch size of 3-4. Although some island populations may be threatened, or even exterminated, by introduced predators, the species as a whole appears to be safe and its conservation status is considered to be of Least Concern.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-banded_Rail

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

Settings: 1/500 f/5.6 800mm ISO 160

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/70801899/buff-banded-rail-(gallirallus-philippensis)-by-paolo-dolina

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:01:18 AM »

Wendy by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/800 f/2.2 200mm ISO 125

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
« on: May 17, 2014, 01:18:01 PM »

Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) is a large dabbling duck of the genus Anas. It is endemic to the Philippines. As few as 5,000 may remain. Overhunting and habitat loss has contributed to its decline.

It has a black crown, nape and eye stripe, with a cinnamon head and neck. Rest of body is greyish brown with a bright green speculum. Its legs are greyish brown, and its bill is blue grey.

It eats shrimp, fish, insects, and vegetation, and it frequents all types of wetlands.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Duck

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

Settings: 1/2000 f/4 500mm ISO 320

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: May 17, 2014, 01:14:01 PM »

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by alabang, on Flickr

Buff-banded "Buff-banded Rail" Candaba "Candaba Pampanga" Gallirallus "Gallirallus philippensis" Pampanga philippensis "Philippine birds" Philippines Rail
Caption- Abstract    The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively coloured, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines (where it is known as Tikling), New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand (where it is known as the Banded Rail or Moho-pereru in Māori),[2] and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.

It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region.[3]

The Buff-banded Rail is an omnivorous scavenger which feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse. Its nest is usually situated in dense grassy or reedy vegetation close to water, with a clutch size of 3-4. Although some island populations may be threatened, or even exterminated, by introduced predators, the species as a whole appears to be safe and its conservation status is considered to be of Least Concern.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-banded_Rail

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

Settings: 1/500 f/5.6 800mm ISO 160

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 17, 2014, 12:50:58 PM »
Sky Hub by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/200 f/6.3 40mm ISO 160

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:31:43 PM »
Dolina, as a fan of your work I hope one day you'd share with us how you go about getting your shots. One thing I do know is you don't go camo in order to avoid getting shot :) Here in Taiwan, though, it's something of a fashion statement for hardcore bird photogs to wear full or semi-camo. Anyway, please keep posting!
Hank thank you!

If you want to stay in one piece you do not use camo while in the Philippines. I can explain it to you fully but I'd probably offend one set of people or another.

What is important to keep in mind are the basics. These are namely food, water and shelter. If you figure that out then you're set.

Knowing animal behaviour is key as well. Like people they are creatures of habit and have routines.

Practice, practice and more practice. If you have a background as a hunter or poacher then you're a far better birder than I will ever be. I used to go birding every week when I first started but recently I only go birding once a month if I am lucky.

Having a network of birding friends helps whether they be bird watchers or bird photographers. Being a member of a birding org helps but it isn't a prerequisite.

A lot of foreign birders find Philippine birds the most challenging to enjoy the hobby/sport. Through hard learned experience Philippine birds know to avoid Filipinos as my countrymen often have no source of livelihood but to hunt and eat the birds or else go hungry, poach the birds for pet collectors and traditional medicines. Habitat loss due to illegal loggers who just clear cut tropical rainforest to try to satisfy the demand for fresh lumber.

In a nutshell the Philippine birds are doomed to be only found in zoos, museums or in my photos.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 16, 2014, 10:08:57 AM »

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by alabang, on Flickr

The black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), commonly abbreviated to just night heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia (where it is replaced by the closely related rufous night heron, with which it has hybridized in the area of contact).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_Night_Heron

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valenzuela,_Philippines

Settings: 1/1600 f/4.5 500mm ISO 1600

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:41:08 PM »

Philippine Pied Fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Pied Fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis) is a species of bird in the Rhipiduridae family. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Malaysian Pied Fantail.

It is found in the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Pied_Fantail

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa

Settings: 1/2000 f/4 600mm ISO 6400

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Landscape / Re: Typhoon Haiyan: 4 months later
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:57:08 AM »
Thank you expat


Church of Sta. Fe, Leyte by alabang, on Flickr

Churches and other places of worship are very much an integral part of any Filipino's life. What remains of the Church of Sta. Fe in Sta Fe, Leyte 5 months after Yolanda/Haiyan

Settings: 1/200 f/9 70mm ISO 640

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe,_Leyte

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/53faW

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:17:17 PM »

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) by alabang, on Flickr

The Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked-faced_Spiderhunter

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

Settings: 1/250 f/8 800mm ISO 800

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