July 18, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Thirty-nine local tour guides and homestay owners participated in the recently concluded basic photography and birdwatching training initiated by the Municipal Tourism Office.
Administrative Assistant IV Elizabeth Farnican of the Tourism Office said the activity held in barangays Maligcong and Bayyo on Oct. 19 to 21 aimed to develop basic photography skills of local guides and homestay owners as well as to educate them regarding endemic birds in the municipality.
She added birdwatching is a potential tourist activity here.
The lecturer for basic photography is Photographer II Juvy Lopez from the Office of the Mayor-Information Unit, while photographer, vlogger and brand ambassador for Olympus cameras, Ferdinand Decena, lectured on birdwatching and identified several endemic and migratory birds in the said barangays.
The endemic and migratory birds found in Barangay Maligcong are White-breasted Waterhen, Blue-headed Fantail, White-throated Kingfisher, Yellow-eastern Wagtail, Scale-feathered Malkoha, Arctic Warbler, Olive-backed Sunbird, Purple-throated Sunbird, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Swiftlets Mountain White-eye, Red-rumped Swallow, Mountain Verditer Colasisi, Elegant Tit, and Chestnut-face Babbler.
Birds found in Barangay Bayyo were Kingking Luzon, juvenile Water Redstart, Collared kingfisher, Gray-throated Sunbird, Luzon Sunbird, Elegant tit, Grey wagtail, Brown Shrike, Olive-backed sunbird, Philippine pied fantail, Mountain white eye, Long-tailed shrike, Red Crossbill, Mountain Verditer, Flycatcher, Scale-feathered Malcoha, Sulfur-billed nuthatch, Little Pied Flycatcher, Philippine Bulbul, Philippine Swiftlet, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, and Yellow-vented Bulbul. – Press release