Fabulous Philippines

Nigel’s Birdfair talk about Philippine birds can now be seen here and on You Tube

The talk that I recently gave to the virtual Birdfair 2020 about Philippine birds (called Fabulous Philippines) is now on You Tube, and hence can be seen here. The talk is just over 16 minutes long, and to watch it just click on the link below. I really hope you enjoy it!

About the Fabulous Philippines talk

The talk introduces some of the Philippines most important forest habitats, and then showcases a few of the country’s most significant bird species, concentrating on those that are endemic, or unique, to the Philippines. These include the Philippine Eagle, several hornbills, the Philippine Bulbul, the Coleto and the Bleeding-heart pigeons.

The photography used comes from my Wild Philippines project, which was published a few months ago as a book, called Wild Philippines. Video clips in this talk, showing me working in the Philippines, were shot while I was gathering material for the project.

Bleeding-heart pigeon, a Philippine bird.
Negros Bleeding-heart pigeon.

About the Birdfair

The Birdfair is an annual UK event, usually held on the shores of Lake Rutland, in eastern England, that celebrates everything to do with birds and bird conservation. Not surprisingly, for 2020 the event was forced online, with a virtual event running for a week in mid-August.

Hopefully, for 2021 the event will be back in its rightful spot in the English countryside!

Getting a copy of Wild Philippines

If you find this talk interesting and would like to find out more about Philippine wildlife, and in particular the Wild Philippines project, click on the link below.

The Wild Philippines book is widely available from high street and online book shops (including Amazon). In the Philippines, it is stocked by National Book Stores. You can also buy it directly from this website: just click on the link below to go to my book shop.

Wild Philippines cover

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A Wild Philippines talk at Birdfair

The UK’s annual festival of all things to do with birds, Birdfair, has started and will run 18th-23rd August. I’m so proud to be able to say that in the line-up is a talk by myself, in which I’ll be showcasing the birds of the Philippines, a talk entitled by the organisers Fabulous Philippines.

Using photography from my recent book, Wild Philippines, the talk will explore the avian wildlife of that wonderful country, highlighting mainly just a handful of the many species unique to the country. These include the mighty Philippine Eagle, all 11 species of hornbill, and a host of pigeons and doves, to mention just a few.

Philippine Eagle
A Philippine Eagle

Birdfair goes online

Normally held on the shore of lovely Rutland Water, a major sanctuary for birdlife in eastern England, this year of course Birdfair has to be wholly online. That hasn’t stopped the organisers pulling together a superb event, with a huge line-up of talks, events and exhibitions.

To go to Birdfair’s home page click on the link below:

My Philippines talk at Birdfair

My talk on birds of the Philippines, which the organisers have entitled Fabulous Philippines, goes live at 8am (UK time; 3pm in the Philippines, 3am USA east coast) on Saturday 22nd August, so you’ll be able to watch it online from then and for the next three months. The talk will also be published next week on my You Tube channel.

Consisting of a mix of videos and stills photography, with my own narration, the talk runs for 15 minutes, introducing the Philippines’ main terrestrial habitats and some of their representative life. As already mentioned, the photography comes from my recent book project Wild Philippines.

Naturally, I really hope you’ll watch the talk, and that you’ll find it enjoyable. You can find my talk at the address below. The page is already live, but it won’t be possible to launch the video until Saturday 22nd Aug.

An early morning view across farmland near Tumpis (at about 1350 metres) to the summit of Mt Apo, Mt Apo Natural Park, Davao, Mindanao, the Philippines.

Getting hold of a copy of Wild Philippines

Wild Philippines is widely available from both high street and online book stores around the world, including Amazon. In the UK, the main high street outlet is Waterstones, while in the Philippines it is National Book Stores.

It can also be bought directly from me through my website. Just click on the link below to go to the relevant page.

Wild Philippines cover

I hope you’ll enjoy my Birdfair talk!

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Photography talks move online

Nigel’s first webinar

With all but one of my in-person talks this spring cancelled, I’ve started moving my talks online, thanks in the first instance to an invitation from the Sodbury and Yate Photography Club (a group near Bristol).

Nigel Hicks in front of his computer, about to start his first online talk.
Nigel about to run his first online talk, for Sodbury and Yate Photography Club. 1st June 2020.

Setting up the first online talk

That invitation came through just a few weeks ago, and the talk went ahead last Monday, on 1st June, using Zoom software. Although I’ve participated in webinars before, as a listener, this was my first experience as the presenter. Initially, I found it slightly unnerving, talking to an invisible audience, just the photography I was presenting visible on the screen. I felt as though I was talking to myself, and with no audible feedback coming from the audience I really couldn’t be sure there was anyone out there in cyberspace!

Still, I got used to it, and pretty soon I was losing myself in the on-screen photography, to the point that the time flew by.

For subject matter, things stayed pretty close to home, the remit to talk about photography in southwest England’s two national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor. So it was mostly landscape photography, though there was also a little wildlife material, most especially around Exmoor’s well known Red Deer.

Nigel in action, delivering his webinar.

I hope you like the short video showing a few highlights of the talk: just a taster. Sadly, of course, I’m not looking at the camera shooting the video: instead I’m talking at the on-screen photography and to the online audience that was hopefully at the other end of my webcam. Needless to say, there was an audience out there – as the line of questions at the end proved, reassuringly!

So, if anyone out there has a society or club that you would like me to talk to, get in touch and lets see if we can organise an online event.

Photography courses

Finally, a short note about my photography courses. All the spring events that were postponed have been rescheduled, with the first one set for 4th July. That will be Dartmoor in Spring (I guess that should now be renamed Dartmoor in Summer!). For further information about the courses click on the link below.

Red Deer on Exmoor, one of the images from Nigel's online talk.
Red Deer in countryside near Dunster, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, Great Britain.