Copyright © 2018 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Cryptic Flycatcher: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Cryptic Flycatcher or Ficedula crypta is a bird in the family of Muscicapidae which is endemic to the Philippines and its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and the mountain areas of Toril is a fantastic habitat.

The name alone is strange and can already be difficult to believe if we could even find it. Thanks to Forest Jarvis who was our guide and he was amazing. he is an American based in Davao working for a non-government organization focusing on poverty, during his free time, he goes out to see nature.

Forest used his call for a long time and then it called back, we tried to get ready as I had no clue about this Flycatcher, every bird in the Philippines was a delightful surprise for me and this one is another. The bird came a few times and it is small, we had to use whatever light available during that time of the day and we expected to have images with so much noise as big as rice grains (some exaggeration). Yes we got it, as its name is Cryptic Flycatcher, it was very skittish and chose to hide behind something all the time and when it came close, as curiosity demanded, it was very quick to hide again.

Brgy. Eden, Toril, Davao City
April, 27, 2018
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Fotopro WH-30 | Carry Speed FS-Pro | Nitecore UNK1

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