The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

03 September 2011

September Bird of the Month

We have Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers in our place (Tag., Karpintero-maliit, Banuktok) and they're easy to spot because of their, well, pecking noise, tapping their hardy beaks on tree hollows with a cadence that's unmistakeable. Most people have not seen woodpeckers and are even amused to know they actually exist, thinking they are just figments of some cartoonists' imagination.

They're fairly common and frequent old fruit trees, like this avocado in the photo above.


  1. Are you sure you heard the word 'banuktok' from old men there? I just asked it because we call it "manuktok" in Mabini. That's a nice photo.

  2. I feel the same way, Andrea. Verified thrice, since it makes more sense (to me, at least) to say "manúktok." Anyway, neither appears in bird guides, but I still prefer to include how they call it in my area.

    Grace, nice to see blogging again!