Mr. Ely Teehankee visited the river last August 11, 2011 (Thursday morning, 530am to 1030am) to photograph our avian treasures.  He took dozens of pictures and selected only the best for posting (these appear below; click pictures for full view).

Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni), endemic to Luzon

Common in lowlands in second growth forest, scrub and gardens.  Travels in noisy, conspicuous flocks.

Text from “A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines.”  Kennedy, RS et al, 2000.

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Red-keeled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum australe), endemic to Philippines except Palawan & Mindoro

Common in forest canopy, edge, and open country.

Text from “A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines.”  Kennedy, RS et al, 2000.

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Sir Ely is an amateur bird photographer whose pictures appear in the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and in the Philippine Bird Photography Forum.  Follow these links to see samples of his work:

http://birdphotoph.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=photo&action=display&thread=7802
http://birdphotoph.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=photo&action=display&thread=7808
http://birdphotoph.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=photo&action=display&thread=7821

http://birdphotoph.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=photo&action=display&thread=7831

He is also a Brand Ambassador for Canon (3rd from the right, kneeling, in the poster below).

Sir Ely’s visit is an important milestone in our efforts to conserve the Tungtong River watershed.  Not only does it mark the beginning of a fruitful friendship, but, more importantly, Sir Ely’s pictures will serve as a powerful reminder of the ever-pressing need to explore, love and protect our natural heritage.

Thank you for taking the time and lending us your expertise Sir Ely!  I hope and pray that some of my students follow in your footsteps as true lovers of our environment.