Olango Island birdwatching

Before the COVID lockdowns, I was able to sneak in a side trip to Olango Island, situated off Mactan Island, after a work trip in Cebu.

Olango’s main attraction is the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, a flyway and haven for almost 50 species of migratory birds. It is a refueling station for these foreign visitors from China, Siberia and Japan on their southward journey to Australia and New Zealand and on their journey back north. The wetland which includes mangroves, seagrass and tidal flats was included in the Ramsar lists of wetlands of international importance.

Wetlands are important feeding grounds for water birds.
The egrets are very easy to spot.

What’s exciting about this trip aside from going solo was that I saw Chinese Egrets which are classified as Vulnerable and the Far Eastern Curlew which are Endangered.

I went when the tide was still very low, there were more waders on the far sand flats. It’s best to come in when the tide is coming in so they’ll be aggregated together.

Here’s my bird list (March 6, 2020)

  1. Black-bellied Plover
  2. Lesser/Greater Sand-Plover
  3. Kentish Plover
  4. Whimbrel
  5. Far Eastern Curlew
  6. Bar-tailed Godwit
  7. Ruddy Turnstone
  8. Great Knot
  9. Asian Dowitcher
  10. Gray-tailed Tattler
  11. Common Greenshank
  12. Common Redshank
  13. Little Tern
  14. Gull-billed Tern
  15. Whiskered Tern
  16. Chinese Egret
  17. Little Egret
  18. Collared Kingfisher
  19. Golden-bellied Gerygone
  20. Philippine Pied-Fantail
  21. Pacific Swallow
  22. Asian Glossy Starling
  23. Olive-backed Sunbird

Olango Island is easy to reach even by commuting. Ride a passenger boat in Mactan going to Olango. From the pier, you can ride a tricycle or habal-habal to the sanctuary.

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