PHILIPPINES

I’m just back from a month filming in the Philippines for a new wildlife series. It was my first visit to these nature-rich islands and I found the people to be amongst the most welcoming, friendly and helpful I’ve met anywhere. There were lush, green ‘Hollywood filmset’-like forests, amazing looking reefs (unfortunately there wasn’t time to swim in them!) and, as one might expect for an extensive archipelago, a huge variety pack of endemic species.

Highlights included stunning damselflies (despite disruptions from torrential rain), one of the best bat colony spectacles anywhere, exploring the famous Underground River of Palawan and two multi-day hiking expeditions to track down one of the rarest mammals in the world, the Tamarau (a small buffalo) and one of the world’s largest pitcher plants, Nepenthes attenboroughii. 

 

 

One beast waits for another: Canon's 50-1000mm lens in tamarau country

One beast waits for another: Canon's 50-1000mm lens in tamarau country

One of the moment's I was most looking forward to  - seeing Nepenthes attenboroughii for the first time! 

One of the moment's I was most looking forward to  - seeing Nepenthes attenboroughii for the first time!