Birds of the Philippines - Mark's Photos
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Mt. Santo Tomas, Benguet, Philippines
16 Jan 2015

7D2, 400/5.6, 400mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/400s, manual exposure, tripod

TEN MINUTES. We were waiting at the "crossbill section" of the road towards "La Presa" in Mt. Santo Tomas for more than an hour and a half and were about to give up our hopes when Rocky uttered the magic words, "10 minutes," suggesting that we wait a little more before leaving empty-handed. In the birding world, this phrase works like a charm, able to conjure feathered creatures after it is casted. True enough, our quarry did show up, albeit after a longer wait.

The next hour saw a bunch of dull-colored-clothes-wearing birdnuts in an orchestra of shutter clicks, AF confirmation beeps, mirror slaps, and euphoric expressions as we feasted our eyes and shutter fingers on a flock of Red Crossbills feeding on the moss by the side of the mountain. During that span of time, traffic built up as more and more holidaymakers arrived in the hopes of seeing the apparently-famous "La Presa." I have no idea why anyone would go through all that trouble to see a place from a teleserye, but I am sure they share the same confusion as to why we go through all the trouble of imaging birds. Traffic came to a standstill and we became "El Presos," unable to leave the place for at least another hour.


From Benguet (15-18 Jan 2015)