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

The Philippine Falconet or Microhierax erythrogenys is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae and it is endemic to the Philippines; common in Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro and Visayas. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and usually seen in pairs perching on exposed branches waiting for insects and other small preys.

Finding this in Toril was a major surprise to me as I never thought I would see something like this bird very near the city. Forest Jarvis guided us during that day together with Harry Miller, Benjamin Go, and some assistants that Forest employed during that day. I already enjoyed one lifer after another and I really wished to find a Philippine Falconet in which I have not chanced to see starting the first day of April, and on the 27th, I was blessed. 

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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