Scales instead of feathers
Not all creatures I encounter along the birding trail sport feathers…. some have scales.
I was birding near a stream at enchanted Mt. Makiling when I came across this slithering subject which was nearly two meters long.
My brain was telling me to grab my shooting gear and flee, putting a maximum area of real estate between me and the unidentified snake. However, my photographer’s foolish heart prevailed, forcing me to shoot some frames of the unusual subject.
The snake slid away silently, leaving me scared but unharmed.