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Kitanglad Bird Festival Tour

Birding Adventure Philippines
Rm. 1101, 11th Floor. Victoria Building, 429 United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000

 

 

 

1st Asian Bird Fair and 6th Philippine Bird Festival Post-birding Trip
Operated by Birding Adventure Philippines
Mt. Kitanglad Mountain Range (Mindanao Montane Birding) - September 27-September 30, 2010
Optional Tour Extension: PICOP, Bislig, Surigao del Sur. (Mindanao Lowland Birding) – September 30 – October 3, 2010

Day 1: Davao to Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon
We will have an early morning departure by van and travel for around three to four hours to Dalwangan, Bukidnon, a small village that will be our take off point to Mt. Kitanglad Mountain Range. Mt. Kitanglad, is one the highest peaks in the Philippines and is home to the Philippine Eagle, the country's national bird. We will then proceed on foot or on horseback to the Del Monte Lodge, very rustic and basic accommodations in the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad. Trekking upto the Del Monte Lodge will take about one hour. We will do a bit of birding around our camp and in the evenings we will try to look for endemic nightbirds such as the Bukidnon Woodcock, Mindanao Scops Owl and Philippine Frogmouth.

Days 2 & 3: Mt. Kitanglad and surroundings.
We will have two full days in Mt. Kitanglad to search for Mindanao montane endemics. Our main target will be the Great Philippine Eagle, one of the biggest raptors in the world. Other endemics that we will be looking for are the funky-looking Apo Mynah, endemic flowerpeckers and sunbirds such as the Olive-capped Flowerpecker and Grey-hooded and Apo Sunbirds, Black and Cinnamon Fantail, Cinnamon Ibon, Mindanao Ibon (or Blackmasked White-eye), McGregors's Cuckoo-shrike, Yellow-bellied Whistler, White-cheeked Bullfinch among others.

Day 4: Mt. Kitanglad to Cagayan de Oro or Mt. Kitanglad to PICOP, SUrigao del Sur (Tour Extension)
We will depart in the morning and start the trek down to Dalwangan village. We will then board vans and travel two to three hours to Cagayan de Oro Airport for flight back to Manila. Those taking the extension, we will proceed to Bislig, Surigao del Sur on the eastern sode of Mindanao. Travel time will around 8 hours from Dalwangan to Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Bislig will serve as our base for our birding in PICOP, a former logging concession that operates in the lowland forest of Mindanao. Overnight in Paper Country Inn, Bislig, Surigao.

Day 5 & 6: PICOP and surroundings.
We will start early and proceed to the birding site in PICOP. This is site is one of the reliable sites for Mindanao lowland endemics. Though, a lot of the habitat is being destroyed by illegal logging and illegal settlers, this is still a good site for Writhed, Rufous and Mindanao Hornbills, Blue-capped and Silvery Kingfishers, Black-faced Coucal, Red-bellied and Steere’s (Azure-breasted) Pitta, Celestial and Short crested Monarchs. The few remaining patches of forests also host several species of the doves and pigeons such as Black-chinned Fruitdoves, Amethyst Brown-dove and other imperial pigeons. Overnight in Paper Country Inn.

Day 7: PICOP to Davao to Manila.
We will have our last day for birding in PICOP and then we will drive for 4 hours to Davao airport and go back to Manila.

TOUR COSTS:

MAIN TOUR: Mt. Kitanglad Mountain Range (Philippine Eagle and Mindanao Montane Birding)
  4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax
Price/Pax
(in Philippine Peso) 20,000.00
  17,000.00 15,000.00 13,000.00
Extension: PICOP, Bislig, Surigao del Sur (Mindanao Lowland Birding)
  4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax
Price/Pax
(in Philippine Peso) 32,000.00
30,000.00 24,000.00 23,000.00  

Prices includes all ground transportations, double occupancy hotel rooms in PICOP, all meals, bottled water throughout, guides, tips to hotel staff, drivers, etc. fees and permits, all government taxes. Airfare from Cagayan de Oro to Manila is NOT included. Airfare from PICOP to Manila included for those taking the TOUR EXTENSION. Accommodations for guests staying overnight in Manila are NOT included. Not included are insurance of any kind, passports, visas, excess baggage charges, alcoholic beverages, personal tip, souvenirs and other personal effects. Please take note that we are quoting in Pesos so as to avoid loss in both parties in case of unexpected fluctuations in the exchange rate. You may pay in US dollars amounting to the tour cost at the start of the tour. The exchange rate will be based on the current exchange rate at the start of the tour.