Conservation Status: Least ConcernBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
The Crested Kingfisher or Megaceryle lugubris is quite a large kingfisher that is native to parts of southern Asia from eastwards to the Indian Subcontinent and towards Japan.
I had been wanting this bird for a long time and I just wanted to get on with it and just find it. Last February, Brian Hewitt, Chatchawal Phumkaew and I ventured for an early wild adventure in getting the Crested Kingfisher in Mae Wong and we failed. I decided to have my own adventure with the help of Nicha Puttaumnauy, she told me that it was showing in Chiang Dao, particularly a small isolated village called Muangkong. So I took the bus to Chiang Mai last July 26, 2018, driving alone can be difficult as it would be twelve hours to Chiang Mai and then to Chiang Dao, then Muangkong, which is three hours more. I saw the bird, thanks a lot to Nicha Puttaumnauy, I owe her a lot, the place was also scenic and and just so beautiful to be there. I decided to return to Bangkok and cut my days as I discovered that I could not get a ticket to return to Bangkok on the 30th of July. Then I missed it as the bird showed up on the third day when I was leaving for Bangkok also at the same time of the day.
Thawatchai Suttikarn posted his captures on Facebook and I asked for some information inviting Raymond David Pearce and Brian Hewitt. Ray took the invite seriously and left right away last Wednesday morning and got into his hide in the afternoon after almost five hours of driving, he said he saw the bird and he was going to resume the next day. He entered his hide before first light and he got it around 6:30 am. I arrived lunch time on Thursday and I got into my hide right away after adding grass and natural cover around it. The bird did not show up, Brian Hewitt joined on Friday and then Saturday, it did not come. Sunday was my last day, I got into the hide before first light again and a father and son joined me around 6:15 am and I was worried that the wait has been reset; it showed at 6:55 am and I just clicked everything away and changed settings occasionally until it left at 6:58 am; three minutes of intense shooting. My heart was pounding, I checked the shots after one setting…
"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"
Pelagic Birding: Pangitlogan Island, Siargao, Philippines
I am posting this to honour Dr. MiguelDavid De Leon for his conservation effort of the terns in Siargao, particularly, Pangitlogan Island, Tuyo Ka Bato, Siargao, in Mindanao. His effort brought people to work together in order to help his pioneering conservation program in saving the eggs of the terns from being taken by the locals for food. With his presentation, people understood that they don’t have to take the eggs and allow the terns to lay and hatch their kind to be take home on their return flight. The Bridled Terns, Roseate Terns, Black-naped terns come every year to lay their eggs and fulfil their migration objectives.
Miguel brought all government agencies at one table and collected their voluntary commitments in preserving and conserving the given areas that required immediate attention. Thank you Dr. Miguel David De Leon for giving us the opportunity to work with you. I have yet to find a man who accepted me and Harry Miller unconditionally and that will do whatever it takes to achieve conservation absent recognition and reward. God Bless you and will keep you safe always.
Meanwhile, I am at Mactan International Airport waiting for my flight to Bangkok,…