He lead us to a small clearing branching from the main trail and stopped at a cordoned off area. Then he pointed to us the Philippine frogmouth which looks a lot like a branch if you're not aware of its' presence. Everyone with a camera started shooting the bird which seems distracted by our presence and tries to follow our movement with its' eyes. The branch was a bit low that some of us have to lie down to get a good shot. After what seems like an eternity, we're satisfied with our shots of this very cooperative bird and left.
Mang Efren told us to rest a bit after we reached the main area on our way back. After a few minutes break, he lead us to where the nightjar can be found. When we reached the area, he made a quick peek and told us that the bird is on the ground. At first, we could not see it. The nightjar was able to blend with the surrounding and hide really well. It took us quite some time to find the location of the bird which was only a few meters from us.
After the usually shooting frenzy, we took off. It was still early, so we decided to go to Eco Park. There, we saw the previously reported birds in the area, like the ashy ground trush, the mangrove blue flycatcher plus the pechora pipit. We also saw a nesting emerald dove, black naped orioles and other common birds.
Ashy ground trush
After birding, we had lunch at Chic-Boy, a local chicken/pork grill restaurant, then go home. It was a nice birding experience for me and I was able to add 3 species to my life list.