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Remote Philippines extension; Palawan & Luzon

22nd - 28th February 2019


Leader: TBC

Group size: 5-7

Please note: this tour can be combined with the main Remote tour to Tablas, Mindoro, Sierra Madre, Negros, Bohol, Cebu, Camiguin and Mindanao. Please click here for details.

Day 1:
After a morning flight to Puerto Princesa then continue to Sabang on the edge of St. Paul’s National Park in time for an afternoons birding which will likely produce a good selection of Palawan endemics like Lovely Sunbird, Pale Spiderhunter, Palawan Flowerpecker, Yellow-throated Leafbird, Palawan Fairy Bluebird, Palawan Blue Flycatcher, White-vented Shama, Sulphur-bellied, Ashy-fronted and Palawan Bulbul, and with Palawan Hornbill, Blue-headed Racquet-tail, Blue-naped Parrot, Palawan Tit and Blue Paradise-flycatcher exciting possibilities. Red-headed Flameback will be one of our main targets here. In the late afternoon we will visit a regular area for Philippine Cockatoo and hope to see these Critically Endangered birds as they head to roost. Night in Sabang.

Day 2:
Today we will spend a full day birding around St. Paul’s National Park. In the beautiful, untouched forest within the park we will expect to find most of the islands remaining endemics, hopefully including and the spectacular Palawan Peacock Pheasant which is often found in the proximity of Tabon Scrubfowl. Outside the park we will explore other forest patches where we hope to find Ashy-headed Babbler, the skulking yet beautiful Falcated Ground Babbler, Red-headed and Spot-throated Flameback, Black-chinned Fruit Dove and any other endemics not yet seen. At night both Palawan Frogmouth and Palawan Scops Owl are possible. Night in Sabang.

Day 3:
Today we return to Puerto Princesa to connect with an afternoon flight back to Manila. (5J 643, 12.45/14.15), birding along the way if needed. Upon arrival drive to Sampaloc for an overnight stay.

Day 4:
Day in the southern Sierra Madre Mountains where roadside birding gives us chances to find Luzon Scops Owl, Whiskered Pitta, Flame-breasted, Cream-bellied Fruit Dove and Northern Rufous Hornbill. Rarer possibilities include Black-crowned Babbler, Grand Rhabdornis and Bicol Ground Warbler. In the evening we will look for Philippine Eagle Owl at a regular site before returning to Manila. Night in Quezon City.

Day 5:
Morning within Metro Manila where a local park has become the easiest place to find the otherwise skulking Ashy Thrush, with a good chance of Lowland White-eye, Grey-backed Tailorbird and Philippine Magpie Robin, a newly recognised endemic which is difficult elsewhere. Drive to Subic Bay in time for afternoon birding. Night at Subic Bay.

Day 6:
Full day at Subic Bay where there are several target species to be found that are difficult to see elsewhere including Green Racquet-tail, Blue-naped Parrot, Rufous Coucal, Luzon Hawk Eagle, Rufous Coucal, White-lored Oriole, Blackish Cuckooshrike, Philippine Fairy Bluebird, Luzon Flameback, Luzon (Philippine) Pygmy and Northern Sooty Woodpecker, Green-backed Tailorbird, Luzon Hornbill and hopefully the localised White-fronted Tit. At night we will concentrate on finding Chocolate Boobook but we might also find Luzon Boobook and Philippine Scops Owl if we are fortunate. Night at Subic Bay.

Day 7: (arrival day of main tour)
Final morning at Subic Bay if required before returning to Manila via Candaba Marsh where Philippine Swamphen and Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler will be our main targets. Night in Manila.

Tour Photo Albums

Remote Philippines custom, April-May 2016

Remote Philippines, 2013

Remote Philippines, 2011