Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Makati Birding Chronicles: Egret on the Post Office Roof, Bulbul along Dela Rosa

Little Egret on roof of Makati City Post Office building

Walking around Makati can be an opportunity for spotting wildlife.  Take this Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) for instance.  I've spotted it before when I passed by the Makati City Post Office but never had my camera with me until today.  I was really looking forward to spotting the Finlayson's squirrel in the Washington Sycip Park but with the drizzly early afternoon, I headed home early to take a nap.  

But taking a different route home, I took a chance and passed by the pedestrian overpass in front of the post office building thinking I may get the opportunity to see the egret anew.  And I was glad to have made the detour for it flew up from the estero the moment I went up the overpass and crossed to the post office.  Talk about perfect timing (I'm re-reading Derrick Jensen's  book entitled "A Language Older than Words" at the moment so I'm thinking it may be the universe telling me something).

Yellow Vented Bulbul on a wire

In any case, there are quite a lot of birds we may keep overlooking in our haste of going to and fro the commercial district.  This Yellow Vented Bulbul frequents the trees along Dela Rosa street, if you just care to carefully spot it and its flock-mates.  In this season of quarantines and lockdowns, it's a blessing to find wildlife in the city as well as be given the privilege to explore the green pockets and parks that we may have overlooked in the past.


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