It was intended to be a recurring sabbatical project of colored-pencil bird sketching. Payment was given for each bird brought for sketching, but on the condition that the birds were unharmed. The birds were to be released after a short period of captivity, as a sketch was usually completed in an average of one hour. But, alas! The project had to be discontinued as most of the birds were found to be injured by the rural methods of trapping and capture.

I hope you had the opportunity to check our website for the various bird watching trip reports. The closest we've been to Tiaong so far is San Pablo. I had the chance to look at your sketches and was able to positively identify two of the birds illustrated. The Pulangga (aka Malipago or Kukul) is the common YELLOW-VENTED BULBUL, the Sabukot species appears to be the LESSER COUCAL (there seems to be streaking in the wings otherwise it is the endemic PHILIPPINE COUCAL). I am not sure of the Tikling, because the eye-stripe is missing if it were a BARRED RAIL (which you also see in the American War Cemetery in Makati). The Pusit looks like the endemic LOWLAND-WHITE-EYE (Matang-Dulong) though it could be a species of Flowerpecker. I think the LIYALAN is the common EMERALD DOVE.

We are forming Birdwatch Philippines (recently registered as Wild Bird Club of the Philippines) to provide a repository of bird records and to promote recreational birdwatching in the country. We have been able to source copies of the Oxford University Press guide to Philippine Birds by Kennedy et al, which is the most comprehensive source on Philippine avifauna. Copies can be acquired for P1,000 each.

Ned Liuag