Conservation Status: Least ConcernBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
The Brown Boobook or Ninox scutulata is also called the Brown Hawk-owl which is a resident breeder in the south Asia from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, and the south of China. Thailand is also one of the countries where it is found and we are all lucky to just have it at a city park. The Boobooks are a lot different than the common owl because of their long tails and the lack of the facial disk which is typical to Barn Owls. Its natural habitat are wood countries and forest and it lays five eggs in a tree hole; at Phutthamonthon, it is found roosting in a bamboo cathedral.
I wanted to have a Boobook in my collection for a very long time, and I guess, being patient always is a virtue when it comes to wildlife photography. My dear friend Prin Pattawaro gave me the location a month ago and I never had the chance to go and check it out and after a month I asked if it was still there. The answer was positive so I went, it was a little bit tricky to get there and finding it was another thing. I was about to give up as I was not able to find it.
I was keeping my tripod and camera as another friend came and he took me in the bamboo cathedral and pointed to me where the Boobook was. Oh it was a real joy, I had it and it was just there all along staring down at me as I was walking around. Thanks to Khun Nui for pointing the exact branch where it was roosting.
Phutthamonthon Park, Thailand
September 8, 2018
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"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,…