About the book:
This book aims to provide information about the wild birds naturally occurring in the islands of Cebu and Bohol. The main goal of the authors is to drum up interest in the thriving wild birds in our locality. The book is designed with newbie or first time birdwatchers in mind: “We would like the contents of this publication to be appreciated by ordinary people in as much as ornithologists or biologists would. The birds presented in the book are representative of both the most common species often seen in your backyards and rarely observed species not only in Cebu and Bohol but throughout the country.”
Publisher: University of San Carlos Press
Publication Date: 2014
Size: 150 x 230mm
About the authors:
Nilo Arribas Jr.: was born in Davao del Norte, southeastern part of the island of Mindanao, Philippines. His mother belongs to the Mansaka tribe, a local cultural minority group in Davao province. His father is from Bacolod City, in the Island of Negros in Central Philippines.
He grew up with the cultural influences of both parents with the traditional tribal practices and beliefs of his home province providing most of the essential foundation of his early naturalist disposition.
An enthusiastic birdwatcher, his passion for Philippine birds and wildlife has brought him to many areas and islands of the Philippines. His volunteer field work on wetland birds of Cebu and environs have received support from local and international organizations. The numerous trips he made to remote forests have yielded not a few rare and noteworthy data on Philippine avifauna.
His initial foray into wild bird photography was mainly driven by the desire to share his wonderful personal experience with Philippine birds through digital images. While this is not the ultimate goal, it should at least provide an avenue for visual appreciation for those who may never see these species in the wild and in their natural environment.
All of these he has done and continue to do in order to draw much needed attention to these wonderful creatures and their plight. He hopes that his small effort would inspire others to take an active role in the conservation of the last remaining wildlife and habitats in the Philippines.
Aside from his interest in conservation, Nilo is an Information Technology professional with over a decade of experience here and abroad. He has a degree in business administration and numerous trainings that prepared him for technical, management, and leadership roles.
Bobby Kintanar: Photography has been his hobby for the past 20 years. It has been an on again, off again affair for him, but with the advent of Digital Photography, it became a very serious matter to this “Kodaker.”
Wikipedia defines photography as the process of recording pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a film or electronic sensor. Be that as it may, photography in his mind, offers much more – it is a Passion expressed, an Idea presented, an emotion captured in time.
Bobby is a true-blue Cebuano. Born and raised in the city of Cebu, with a wife whose roots partly come from Loon, Bohol. Hence, his interest in the birds of these islands. An Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, he takes photos whenever the opportunity arises, but for the most part, his involvement in Wild Bird Photography started when he saw images of these winged beauties as presented by “The Legend” Romy Ocon, the man many consider to be the best ever Wild Bird Photographer in our neck of the woods, and whom Bobby is privileged to consider a great friend and mentor.
Raul Benjamin Puentespina: started being aware about the Philippines’ fragile environment when he made science projects during his high school days more than twenty five years ago. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Puentespina studied Commerce and Masters in Management (MMBM) at the University of San Carlos and the University of the Philippines – Cebu.
In 2003, with the support of his family and friends, he started his personal mission of planting native tree species in the mountains of Cebu hoping that he can contribute his share in bringing back the biodiversity in the area to a sustainable level. In 2004, he joined the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (Bird Watching group) and later got interested in bird photography. Presently based in Hong Kong and an avid world traveler, he continues his passion for bird watching, scuba diving and photography. He regularly visits the Philippines and actively joins activities/projects that support conservation of its rich natural resources.