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

Philippine Cuckoo-Dove

This colorful endemic dove was captured in the foothills of Antipolo mountains in 2009. A birdshooter friend ( Ding C.)  informed me that these birds were frequenting a certain fruiting tree beside his house. I immediately convinced Ding to “invite” me to his abode. He did just that and I “accepted” the invitation pronto. 

The challenge in capturing decent photos of this species in-habitat is how to find a fruiting tree they feed on. Once the feeding area is known, it becomes a pretty easy job – just go to the spot before sunrise and wait for the doves to come in and feed in the early morning golden light.

Many thanks to Ding for the hospitality, the sumptuous breakfast and the exciting birding tales. Ding’s very nice house is situated at a hillside, surrounded by bird-laden vegetation and trees, and overlooking Metro Manila.

Shooting Info – Antipolo City, Philippines, February 4, 2009, Canon 5D MII + EF 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, f/8, ISO 320, 1/500 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light.

Philippine Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia tenuirostris, a Philippine endemic)

Habitat – Lowland forest to montane mossy forest.

Click here for some video clips of this endemic dove.


5 responses

  1. Thanks so much for this! I have not been this moved by a post for quite some time! You have got it, whatever that means in blogging. Well, Youre certainly someone that has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the good job. Keep on inspiring the people!

    July 22, 2015 at 9:03 am

  2. Anonymous

    what is the visayan name and other local names

    July 11, 2013 at 3:43 am

    • Anonymous

      that is manokon in cebu. they live in high mountains and feed on fruit tress . the season of that is aug to october they go to low land to feed .

      August 23, 2015 at 2:04 am

  3. Jose L. Limbaga

    May 6, 2011
    Iloilo City, Philippines

    Dear Mr. Ocon,
    I’m an Ilonggo residing in New York currently on vacation in my home city of Iloilo. Let me congratulate on your superb photos of Philippine doves.I’m glad that this Cuckoo Dove still exists in Antipolo, for the first and the last time I saw this bird in Guimbal, Iloilo was in the mid 1980s yet during one of my hunting trips with friends. We were weekend air rifle hunters then. Doves species that were and are still predominant in Iloilo forests and plains are the Island Collared (Tukmo), Spotted Neck Turtle Dove (Lado), Emerald Dove (Banatad), White-eared Brown Dove (Alimokon), Pink-neck Green Pigeon (Punay) and the ever-abundant Zebra Dove (Kurokukok). The “Lado” and “Kurokukok” frequent my residence here in Mandurriao District, I.C. – a sign that all is well with their population.
    I have some quite amateur photos of old (1997-2003) that I have shared with some Facebook friends to increase their awareness of the existence of our native dove species. May I therefore request if I could post on my Facebook wall some pictures of doves from your album?
    Thank you and more power to your photographic endeavors. Excellent work indeed!

    Jose L. “Boy” Limbaga
    3-A NHA Road
    Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

    • Hi Jose,

      Thanks for dropping by and the comments.

      You can click the “Share” icon at the bottom of each blog entry if you wish share the photo(s) at FB.



      May 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

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