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Subic Wild birds

Updated on January 12, 2015

Luzon Hornbill

Luzon hornbill photographed from our bedroom window in Subic Freeport housing area.
Luzon hornbill photographed from our bedroom window in Subic Freeport housing area.

Nature and Wildlife in Subic Freeport- Photos of birds, monkeys, insects, and scenics.

I didn't have to leave my home to enjoy the nature, birds and wildlife when I lived in Subic Bay Freeport, in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines.

From my 2nd story bedroom window, there were two 3 story rain forest trees! So many types of wild Philippine birds fly in and out of them all day. Being a photographer is heaven for me. Here are some of the sights I see of not only the birds, but also the mokeys that wander on the roads to the various tourist spots, beachs, housing compounds etc. Some insects and such too. Big spiders! When Mount Pinatubo blew it's stack most of the forest was spared.

All photos copyright 2008 Diana J. Limjoco

I had never been a bird watcher before we got our 2nd story bedroom in Subic over looking the jungle trees! We have since moved to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. There are no sights such as those in Subic rain forest. I'll never forget my views and all the wildlife we got to experience in the Kalayaan Subdivision in a jungle! Even though the house was only 10 minutes from the shopping center, they left the forest undisturbed enough for the wild birds to love. Especially the towering trees, many over 100 feet tall.

There are also many colorful parrot looking birds. They are so small though they may be a type of exotic parakeet. They are smaller than the neon orange flowers they drink nectar from! About 8 of them fly around the different trees every day. They have a particular screech, and that's when I grab my camera. They don't stay too long in one place, so it's hard to get good shots of them!

Many of my friends from Manila ask me why I chose to live in Subic, but as as a nature lover, it was the most ideal place in the Philippines at that time.

Aside from the natural beauty, Subic Freeport roads are fairly traffic free. One can still go for a leisurely drive on any day of the week without having to watch out for air polluting tricycles and jeepneys that fill most roads outside Subic Freeport Zone, unless one lives quite in the middle of nowhere.

There are some fun places inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone that we like to visit when it's warm and not raining as it has been lately, such as Camayan Beach resort and Subic Ocean Adventure Park.

Update: January 2015
On the beautiful island of Palawan where there are more endemic birds than Subic. But not as accessible. I will probably be putting up a new Hub for the birds and wildlife I have come across here soon. Stand by!

Wild Luzon Hornbill birds - Luzon hornbill, male and female

Luzon hornbills

Wild Luzon Horn bill Birds taken from my bedroom window in Subic Freeport, Olongapo,Zambales, with a Nikon D60 Digital SLR.

They stayed in the Palm tree outside my bedroom window for almost an hour. What a thrill that was for me. I will never forget this day watching and photographing them. A true wonder for me.

Luzon Hornbill male

Luzon hornbill or Tarictic. I think he was rather a young bird. His feathers were still so fresh and shiny. What a handsome bird.
Luzon hornbill or Tarictic. I think he was rather a young bird. His feathers were still so fresh and shiny. What a handsome bird.

Black Naped Oriole female - Photo by Diana J. Limjoco 2009

The black naped orioles were a daily thing for me to watch. They seemed to be in every tree in our back yard.
The black naped orioles were a daily thing for me to watch. They seemed to be in every tree in our back yard.

Black Naped Oriole in the rain - Female

There are many flocks of these bright yellow and black orioles flying around the forests in Subic.

Taken from our old house from our bedroom window.

Coppersmith Barbet bird - by Diana J. Limjoco

Coppersmith barbets a daily wonder.

Taken from our bedroom window at the old house. One of their chirps sounds like...boop, boop, boop. They came every day to our trees. It was such a thrill to see them. We even watched them raise their young and teach them to fly.


Blue throated bee eater

Blue throated bee eater
Blue throated bee eater

I'd never lived where so many exotic birds were so readily available to take photos of. Subic was such a thrill in that way!

Black naped Oriole male

Black naped Oriole male
Black naped Oriole male

The orioles lived in back of the house in a huge tree. Everyday they would amuse me with their antics.

Philippine Hanging Parrot - Colasisi

Green hanging parrots are really loud. And you can't miss their calls. But once they get into the trees, it's hard to spot them as they do blend in. This one did me a favor and stood against the sky!
Green hanging parrots are really loud. And you can't miss their calls. But once they get into the trees, it's hard to spot them as they do blend in. This one did me a favor and stood against the sky!

They sure squawk a lot!

Pied Thriller

Little masked bird.
Little masked bird.

It's not as glamorous as some of the other birds..but still adorable.

Luzon Hornbill

Luzon hornbill male. He seemed to know I was watching him, but he stayed around anyway.
Luzon hornbill male. He seemed to know I was watching him, but he stayed around anyway.

This was the first Luzon hornbill that lit in a tree near our former house. His beak is serrated unlike the other hornbills that came at a later date. Also the yellow stripes on his beak were clearer.

Luzon Hornbill video

Female Luzon Hornbill

She flew in with a male. They stayed a relatively long time. I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph them.

Kingfisher

Blue Kingfishers
Blue Kingfishers

Brownish fuzzy moth - Photo by Diana J. Limjoco 2009

Luzon Hornbill pair

Luzon Hornbill pair
Luzon Hornbill pair

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet

Barbets make some funny sounds.

These tiny little coppersmith barbets that go boop, boop, boop, are funny.

Flying fox fruit bat of Subic Bay Freeport zone

Flying fox fruit bat of Subic Bay Freeport zone, in Olongapo, Zambales.
Flying fox fruit bat of Subic Bay Freeport zone, in Olongapo, Zambales.

Video of Subic Flying Foxes

Fuzzy spider on our outside wall

I saw this humongous spider the other day on our outside veranda! I didn't kill it as I didn't know if it was good or bad, and besides it was outdoors. Tried looking it up but can't see any references to it. Photo by Diana J Limjoco 2009

Butterfly on red berries - by Diana J Limjoco

Macaque Monkey with baby

There are many monkeys wandering around Subic Freeport. Even in the housing areas. They really are quite the pest in the neighborhood. One of they walked off with one of our solar lights.
There are many monkeys wandering around Subic Freeport. Even in the housing areas. They really are quite the pest in the neighborhood. One of they walked off with one of our solar lights.

A coleto

These birds are a type of myna. But they look like a cross between a pigeon and a buzzard with their bald red heads. They also make really strange sounds.
These birds are a type of myna. But they look like a cross between a pigeon and a buzzard with their bald red heads. They also make really strange sounds.

Please leave me a comment I would love to hear from you.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Wow - what a great place to bird watch and take photos. I envy that! Looks like a fascinating place.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The little green and orange parrot is called colasisi or the Phil hanging parrot. While the stripped bird is called the pied thriller. :) Great photos! I'm wondering, are you a birdwatcher? If not yet, you might want to check out this club for birdwatchers, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. They have a fb page, where you can post your pictures and let them I.D the bird pictures you have taken.

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      Love the photos!

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      Sweetwater_Creek 7 years ago

      Great Lens! Loved the photos

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      helenlimjoco 7 years ago

      I do miss the quietude in Subic Freeport..especially Kalayaan. The views were wonderful.

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      digitalwebgroup 7 years ago

      Really enjoyed living in Subic..but now on to Puerto Princesa! Loving it too. Totally different experience!

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      PalawanHotels 7 years ago

      Subic is one of my favorite places in the Philippines, it is very clean and feels very safe! You will surely enjoy sightseeing there.

      Please visit my site:

      Palawan Island | Palawan Butterfly Garden | Palawan Underground River | Puerto Princesa

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      Diana J. Limjoco 7 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      @SciTechEditorDave: Hi Dave, Oh too bad you didn't stop in Subic. The bats are just off the road and to appreciate and the monkeys can actually drive you nuts if you leave your gear around, but they are adorable.

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      David Gardner 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow! Again a beautiful five-star lens! Thanks again so much for providing the amazing photos and descriptions! I was in Pampanga (near the Clark Economic Zone) two years ago visiting my wife's family--and I was amazed with all the wildlife we saw. Now I regret not zipping over to Subic to play in the nature zone for a while. If you don't mind, I'd like to link to this lens from my lens on the Philippines and lensroll it as well. Salamat po!

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      Diana J. Limjoco 7 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      @BusyQueen: Hi there, thanks for dropping by!

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      BusyQueen 7 years ago

      Hi webdiva888,

      I love your lens and your photos, 5 stars, really cool!

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      Diana J. Limjoco 9 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      [in reply to Leonard] Hi thanks for dropping by...yes all taken from my bedroom window (of the birds anyway). The flying foxes are just up the road from me.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow seriously?! this was just taken from your bedroom window?

      the bat looks so cool!

      so does the bird!

      wait.. actually everything does! haha

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Cool site! Would love to visit Subic Bay someday!