Selection of Philippine avian wildlife all captured in habitat, plus nature and miscellaneous images.

A wingspan of nearly six feet

I’m always amazed at  the size of the Grey Heron.  When I see a flock of these birds in the air, they look like a squadron of small planes flying in formation.  These migratory waterbirds have the largest wingspan (1.78 m) of all the feathered subjects I’ve photographed so far.

Among Philippine birds recorded in the past and at present, the only ones with a larger wingspan are the Sarus Crane (2.20 m), Spot-billed Pelican (2.13 m), Great-billed Heron (1.90 m), and our national bird the Philippine Eagle (1.88 m) – all these behemoths I have yet to see afield.

Shooting Info – San Juan, Batangas, Philippines, February 12, 2010, Canon 7D + EF 400 2.8 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 475B/3421 support, 560 mm, f/5.6, ISO 250, 1/2000 sec, manual exposure in available light, near full frame.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, migrant)

Habitat – Uncommon in wetlands.

Footage of a Grey Heron in flight.

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One response

  1. JP Bautista

    Hi Mr. Romy, since you’ve mentioned the Sarus crane, which references say have been extirpated in the Philippines, do you think it’s possible to reintroduce them here? I have always been curious about this bird, as I believe it is the bird referred to as ‘Tipo’ in my old HeKaSi textbook. Tipol is supposed to be the largest native bird in the Philippines. As such, I would love to see your shot of the magnificent crane.

    Same goes with the Spot-billed pelican. I’ve read somewhere that these birds haven’t been observed in the country for years. Are they extirpated too? It’s saddening to know that we’re losing such feathered gems.

    October 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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