Palawan

Just back from 10 days on Palawan, a stunning island in the west of the Philippine archipeligo and north of Borneo.  It wasn’t a birding holiday but my holiday companions (my wife and two friends – John and Sarah Gallagher) humoured me by allowing me to drag them through the steaming jungle and on the water to see some of the island’s wealth of wildlife.

I’ll add to this post over the next few days but here are some early images to give you a feel for the place…

Our self-catering 'shack' near San Vicente. We didn't see another tourist during our 3-night stay but we did see Hornbills and flying lizards!
The beach. To ourselves. And just 10 metres from our 'shack'.
Mangrove habitat near Taytay, Palawan.
View from our beach hut in El Nido
Palawan Peacock Pheasant at Sabang.
The stunning endemic Palawan Peacock Pheasant
One of the local Monitor Lizards at Sabang
Stork-billed Kingfisher. Common in the mangroves.
Irrawaddy Dolphin, near Taytay, Palawan Island