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I see beautiful birds in the hills not far from our place in Plaridel, Quezon. Sadly, I don't know any of them. They feed on wild bananas with big seeds. Incidentally, my mother is from Bauang, La Unin.
Good afternoon Romy.
I was so fascinated with all your photos especially the ones that were taken at Baroro and Bacnotan since these towns were my grandparents (on my mother's side) used to live and I have spent every summer vacation with them until I came to USA in 1987. I was born in Baguio City. My hobbies were photography and watercolor painting. I was a member of the Baguio Group of Artists from 1978 to 1987.
Dear Romy Ocon,
I can arrange a legal representative to help you to attend to case involve photo copyright with POS Malaysia.
Please contact me if you are interested.
Alberto of K.L. Malaysia.
have u ever heard of a bird called Java Finch....
what a beautiful pic..i wish that i can do that....
i proud tath u are pinoy.. like me
very impressive! keep up the good work! congratulations!
Great pictures! I never knew that we have these beautiful birds!! My bf here in Uk is amazed with the different rare birds you have photographed!
More power to you kabayan!!
How's my old golden brain, featherless head old buddy, I needed one of these beautiful pictures delivered in front of my door ASAP with your indellible signature, how about that?
I hope your beautifull pictures can be used to raise appreciation of the environment to most Filipinos. Such diversity of birds should inspire us to be conservationists! May your tribe increase
looking forward to seeing more birdshots... in hiatus?
I ran across your site trying to find out an uncommon singing bird beside my house in a very small green patch. I always wake up with their singing in the morning and try to watch them afar from my bedroom window. I'm guessing their Bulbul or the plain brown shrike. What's your guess? Rai of Las Pinas
great photos/pictures!!!i always believe Philippines in truly rich in natural resources and we do have the best looking/colorful birds in the world. thanks for showing them through your website. please keep it up.
Romy, Your galleries are very entertaining and interesting. Your talent is enjoyed very much!
mario l. cuezon
salamat sa pagshare mo sa mga pics ng birds.
naisalibro na ba ito? saan nabibili?
Along with Manny Pacquiao, you are also my inspiration
An artist at work here. Congrats!
An artist at work here. Congrats!
ganda talaga cam mo dre...you got the best shots....
hello ganda ng moon.. are you related to Leonora Carig? kapatid sya ng lola ko ^^.
galing kuya romy... sana magkaroon din ako equipment katulad mo. sayang ng mga pinag aralan photgraphy di man lang magamit kasi walang cam. hehee
Keep up the good work kuya. :D
i took a picture of a bird at my bakyard in san juan city, manila. dont know what it is. if you give me your email i can send it to you and maybe you can help me in protecting it. i belive its wild and endagered.
A S Chandrashekaran
Superb Pictures. You sure have a passion for wildlife. Good videos
Very well done - enjoyed the videos!! I spent 13 months at San Miguel Zambales Province in 1968-69 while in the US Navy. Your site brings back memories of a beautiful country with beautiful wildlife.
Hello. Just wanted to tell you when I first seen your work about 3 years ago it inspired me to improve my birding skills. I said to myself "if he do it, I can do it". You were my bench mark. Then it was how does he do it? I don't think I'll ever get to your level or need to. I'm very happy with what I am doing now. This included post processing that helped me improve my other areas of photography as well.
Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr.
Hi! I am visiting your galleries and having a blast at the beauty you have photographed. Great work. I pray that your efforts will help protect the endangered species and the environment.
Many blessings for 2009,
h! romy im roel ocon i found out this site cause im searching some people having the family name of ocon I am from Philippines may i know if you have some relatives here in the Philippines?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
happy birthday dude.... babes
Konifacio Quilloy Casuga
Great works Ka Romy. Naka-ay-ayat nga buybuyaen dahil ladaoan ti bilbillit nga naalam. Agbiag ka apo.
Toy kailiam ditoy La Union,
Your work is superb, excellent captures and compositions,
Great images! Wow, inspire me to go out more often... But on the other hand, it makes me aware of my limitations! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards from the Netherlands, Nick
this is so cool! keep it up!!!
I met your friend Rene B. in one of my trip in Iloilo City, shared to me your avian photography and pointed me to this website. Your images are great! It never fails to amaze God's great creation.
Hi Romy...Nice photos...
Thanks for sharing your great collection of photos! I also like the pictures of you with your equipment. I also use the Manfrotto Gimbal Mount and love it. Would you mind if I occasionally linked to this site to show other photographers what a load the manfrotto mount will accomodate. I have never seen it used with a larger camera/lens package.
By the way, I recently noticed a neat flash bracket for the Manfrotto Gimbal which can be fabricated very simply and works very well. I lost the information regarding the inventor so, I cannot post the image since I cannot give him credit.
However, I will be glad to email the image to you.
I admire your Photos, esp the birds. Your work are so inspiring, such an accomplishment. I am currently based outside the Philippines and I didn't know such diversity of fauna exist in our country.Am just starting as a backyard bird watcher and just now starting into photography.
Congrats and keep it up.
Great pics, Romy. I use them to help me ID the Philippine birds in our museum's collection. Thanks.
Fantastic work. I am rather interested in the Speedlight attachment you are using (seen in some of you excellent photos). Can this be bought off-shelf of something you have made yourself? - Would it fit a 580EXII Speedlight?
I am a researcher from Adamson University and I am currently doing a research on the Biodiversity of Ipo Dam. This is my first time to conduct a biodiversity survey and your pictures really helped me with the identification of the birds in the area. Thank you very much.
Tena koe (greetings in Maori).
I have just discovered your site, and am stunned by your work. Magnificent. I have immediately added you to my favourites and look forward to spending many hours enjoying your images.
My compliments to you
Kia ora (cheers)
wow galing mo sir sana maka publish di ako ng photo na gaya mo ng sayo. sad to say neophyte p lang po ako sana sir one day ma-tutor mo ako s photography hehehe. maraming ty sir.
:) GOD reigns 4ever dennisc
Hi Romy! Went through your Candaba gallery. Amazing shots. I was planning to go with my son to Candaba to check out the birds. What DSLR do you use and what lenses do you normally carry for Candaba? Do you try to use your flash for fill-in as often as possible or does it scare the birds away? Is a tripod SOP or just a monopod? I used to be a photo-addict during the analog days and still have an old 500mm mirror but only have a Sony point and shoot digicam with a built-in 436mm optical zoom. Will that do for regular daylight shots? I know it's no comparison to a DSLR but it's all I've got for now. Sorry for all the questions but seeing your shots really made me reminisce about my nature photog days.
Cheers and all the best!
Very impressive, great work, you are the legend, Romy.
..you're a rare and talented birdwatcher who dedicate your time, energy and heart to speak for the silent wetlands, plains and forest dwellers...I am truly amazed by the wonders of your work and your stills, I love ALL your photos, they are so alive and real...
Great!! Great!! Great!!
great work...i never realized the diversity of our birds in the philippines...
would an 2x extender work for the canon 70-200 2.8 work for this kind of photography?
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Raymond J Barlow
Thanks so much for a great time this past weekend, it was another great experience. Thanks also to Arnold for another fine job at the helm! See you next time, I already want to come back and shoot.
stunning work. The photographs are exceptional, any non bird photographer has no idea how difficult most of these are to achieve.
Your descriptions and all the other information you offer is the icing on a huge delicious cake.
Thanks for the inspiration.
This is a beautiful gallery Romy
This is stellar work. If I ever see you, I might just ask for your signature.
Fantastic moon shots and birds a bonus!!!. Do you know if a sigma 2x TC will work with my canon 75-300 zoom (kit lens)? I have a 500m manual lens but its not sharp at all (see
). Voted and put you on my favouritea list. Kind regards Barry
Thanks for visiting and for the concern. I've deleted your ealier message so we can put this behind us...:)
Your photos have reignited my passion for photography. Thank you!
I'm glad I came across your galleries; you have some superb Birds shots. Definitely added to my favorites list!
I am also inviting you to visit in my gallery to see the story of the great spotted cuckoo and the Short-toed Eagle and other birds from Israel.
Best wishes, Yoram.
Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner
Absolutely fantastic work Romy - you continue to deliver great images.
What a superb collection of bird photos! Keep up the good work!
Your photos and equipment reviews are great.
I'm wondering if you would share with me how you make that owl flap his wings?
I have a series of humming bird pictures that I'd like to try this with.
As usual I keep coming back to see your recent work on your famous website. As an avid birdwatcher and photographer, I admire your talent and your wit in photography. Being a Filipino, I couldn't be so proud of you more. I was born in Baguio City and at this time of my life my husband and I enjoy the bird migration here at Point Pelee National Park, Ontario Canada every year.Joanie Re: www.normanpiluke.com
Hi..im very impressed by the pictures of different kinds of birds,you know what im a person that birth in a mountain area,i have seen so many kinds of birds there but in happy when i see your birds photos..congrats and gudluck.thats a greet job...thnx very much..God Bless You and more Power to You. jean
I am very impressed by your pictures.
You're an excellent photographer with a great heart for nature.
Thanks for sharing these treasures.
I was born in Candaba and spent my (playing) childhood in Candaba swamp 40 years ago. Though there are still surviving migratory birds these days, but compared then, i.e. the "White Herons" covers the sun when their countles flocks fly over the swamp in V-formation into 3 to 4 batches with couple of minutes intervals. Wish you were born on those times and captured the magnificent images. Presence of several species are no longer seen during my last few years in Candaba, I doubt they are all extinct now. I was 10 years old the last time I saw one black "Maria Cafra" in the wilds of Candaba. Birds are better seen flying in the sky rather than framed. Stop the killings, impose permanent ban on wild hunting for "ten thousand years".
very impressive i will say. the pictures you've taken says it all.
Your photos are work of humanity, adding colours to the world, unconsciously changing people's outlook toward life and compelling people to embrace the nature and the every creation therein, no matter how small they are.
It is my honour to visit your website and watch the great photos you took for the birds out there in your country. Your professionalism and devotion to bird photography did inspire me. Keep up with the good work.
I found your site on a Dpreview post, you photographs of birds are fantastic!
Many compliements! Wondering if you're collaborating with some magazine too .
keep on this work!
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Wonderful and awesome, I like your pictures. I'm a member of a bird club here in baguio. This group is mostly on cage and aviary birds. The purpose of the group is preservation, education and camaraderie among bird lovers. WE are new but a year old group already just last may 2006.
Thanks for the link Romy.
Thanks, Jose. We have several members of the Wild Bird Club of the Phils. (WBCP -
) based in Cebu City, and they are more or less familiar with the known areas where the Cebu Flowerpecker and Black Shama are recently seen. I'll relay to them about Daanbantayan, and if there's no record yet about your area, it's probably time to check it out. I'm planning to go to Cebu for a birding sweep after the rainy season (November onwards). Thanks for the valuable info, will update you on my sked and if your area is already surveyed/recorded. Regards, Romy
Hello again, Romy.
I am not sure if there is that much info out there with regards to the black shama but I can certainly volunteer to you about what I have observed abot this bird first hand years ago.
Romy, when I was around Grad 3- 4, that was also the time when I was so much into trapping quails and rails for the childhood adventure of it. It just so happened that at that tine there was also so much interest about the black shama and one time I saw a spread in a local paper ( the Freeman, I believe) about this bird and in fact that spread was sponsored by Marlboro as an infomercial.That was my howinterest in this bird was first sparked and I have tried to be very observant of this bird whenever I can back then, roaming the woods, doing childhood stuff.
The bird is konwn locally as "siloy nga karaan" ( a Cebuano term to mean "old siloy") to contrast it with a more common bird called "siloy" that looks much different, but has somewhatof the same song but just not as melodious as the black shama.
I am not sure of this bird's range in the Cebu province but I am from Daanbantayan, the northernmost town of Cebu. The area, our own land where I used to observe this bird is still much forested ( even more so the last time I visited > 2 years ago) as people have been farming less and had other livelihoods.
Just let me know and of course our acreage would be open to your full access in case you need to. All I need to do is call my folks out there and tell them to.
Thank you again.
Thanks for visiting, Jose. The Black Shama and Cebu Flowerpecker, both found only in Cebu and critically endangered, are two of the birds I'd like to photograph in my next visit to Cebu. Hopefully, I can go there after the rainy season this year. Regards, Romy
Hello, Romy. You are doing such a great service to humanity just by doing what you have been doing, capturing images of Philipppine birds and fostering interest in Philippine wildlife and hopefully, conservation.
Romy, I am originally from Cebu, Phils and now living in CA, USA. Have you thought of capturing the Cebu black shama in film? I know this bird is in the endangered list. As a young child growing up in the Cebu countryside, I am however familiar of the incomparable melody of this bird's song.
Unbelievable! Liam O' Keefe
I saw your beautiful pictures. you are a great photographer. i like your picture. they are very nice.
Dave of Iloilo
I continue to be amazed by the progress of your work...... keep it coming. I have learned to ID birds from your site much better than by looking at illustrations in books. Indeed your work is unmatched. May God continue to work in you.
Hope someday you will get the chance to shoot birds here in ILOILO and PANAY!
There are some nice places to bird here too. Welcome ka dito anytime!
"Romy, Thanks for sharing your infro again. All three lenses seem rather interesting. Understand the Canon 500 f4 L IS lens permits the use of autofocus when using an extender. Do you think Canon 600 f4 L IS also function the same way?"
Yes, both the 600 f4 and 500 f4 will AF with a 1.4x TC on any Canon dslr, and these can AF as well with a 2x TC on the 1D bodies.
"Can autofocus still function with the Sigma 300-800 when fix with an 1.4x extender.
Autofocus function working with Canon 1.4x extender is a must for me as I have problem with manual focusing by looking through the small view finder."
No... there's a slight AF incompatibility issue with the EOS-mount Sigmonster and Sigma 500 f4.5. AF will not be possible with an "intelligent" 1.4x TC (like Sigma or Canon) even with the AF-at-f/8-capable 1D bodies. AF is possible with "dumb" TCs like the Tamron 1.4x on both the 1.6 CF and 1d series.
Romy, Thanks for sharing your infro again. All three lenses seem rather interesting. Understand the Canon 500 f4 L IS lens permits the use of autofocus when using an extender. Do you think Canon 600 f4 L IS also function the same way?
Can autofocus still function with the Sigma 300-800 when fix with an 1.4x extender.
Autofocus function working with Canon 1.4x extender is a must for me as I have problem with manual focusing by looking through the small view finder.
David, I'd assume you need a longer one than your 100-400 5.6L IS. In that case, you can consider the f4 primes - Canon 500 f4 L IS or 600 f4 L IS. If you want zooming flexibility with extreme reach, and can live with tripod-only shooting and without IS, the Sigmonster (Sigma 300-800) works very well. Romy
Thanks for your reply.
I use to shoot bird with my Canon 10D mounted with canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS
using the Auto Focusing mode with success but Not with Canon extender EF 1.4X added.
What is your advice for any telephoto lens (in-addition to what I already have) when added with 1.4x and still able to use auto focus mode.
I understand one of your photos was taken in my country, Singapore Yishun Estate.
I would like to join you for a shoot when you visit Singapore again.
David, the cheaper Tamron 1.4x is not wired to be seen by the camera, hence AF at f/8 is attempted and works surprisingly well with the 400 5.6L + 20D/350D/300D. Romy
Your pics are a wonder to view.
Would like to know whether you use Auto or Manual Focusing when you use your 400 5.6L +
Tamron 1.4 TC.
You have put together so many superb galleries which are a great labour of love - and we the PBase community are the fortunate beneficiaries.
Your "Best fliers" gallery is quite magnificent.
You have succeeded admirably in performing all the 'critical tasks' to ensure brilliant captures.
I have no doubt that the fantastic results are more due to great technique and talent than mere luck.
Looking forward to many more wonderful images from you.
I would appreciate your comments and advice on my "Fauna" and other galleries.
thanks for the quick reply, romy!
and great pics!
just want to ask for your help in identifying this bird that i found nesting at my parents' house in alabang. been seeing your birding pics from the phil photography forums and yahoogroups, so i thought you might be the best person to approach regarding this.
here's the link:
hope you can help me, or at least refer me to someone who can. thanks!
Awesome webpage and Remarkable Photo Collection.
cesar e. romano jr.
I have hunted game birds since I was a child and I fairly know most, if not all of the endemic species of pigeons here in the Phillippines. After seeing your photos, I can say that they are more beautiful alive and protected than dead. There is though a plump pigeon with long tail and brown-reddish color found only in the forests of Mayon Volcano in Albay and is locally known as kubawon, that got my attention. Because after all those years, it is the first time, yet in flight, that I ever saw them. I hope you could take photographs of this pigeon.
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romy, when are you going to publish a calendar. o baka naman mayroon na. i want to support you and your work. i know you from DPR (located ako dito sa LA). let me be the first one to purchase a calendar from you with your signature.
Congratulate on a remarkable homepage. It is really well constructed and very much informative.
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Your site is excellent and informative.
This is a very impressive site. Thanks for your hard work in putting it together.
i"ve still not seen every page on this site... keep up the good work helyn :)
This is really great site!! Keep on doing great work!!!
Will surely visti soon.Awsome site!!!!
Will surely visti soon Awsome site!!!!
Excellent Performance. It`s Great!!!!!
Fabulous and amazing work.
Amazing shots, very beautiful surroundings
Thanks for sharing truly a delight
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal
Amazing galleries beautifull bird pix.
Hello, your site is very informative and have a lot of information .. Thank You very Much. Please visit my guestbook.....
Leo Palo III
romy, salamat nga pala at nakakuha ako ng mga magagandang pictures mo... gagamitin ko lang as wall paper ko sa CPU. salamat at mabuhay ka kapatid!!!!!GOD BLESS!!!
Pavel Hospodarsky CZ
Dear Mr Romy, your pictures are truly fantastic!!! Excellent work!!! Thank you very much for letting as to admire them!!!
Sir Romy, your bird photos are the best that i've seen. Art Fuentes and our fellow photo enthusiasts thinks so too. Thanks for sharing your magnificent gallery.
WOW! These are really superb photos!! I first saw your shots in the Canon Photography Forum...Ang galeng! Leaves me dreaming to have the same talent too... Mabuhay po!
love ur pics..thanks for sharing
Lovely pictures, I wish there were still a lot of birds like yours in luzon area. Sadly, A lot of people here couldn't cares less if all the birds are wiped out.
Romy, your images are clean, very crisp, exposely well, and awesome. Showcasing your images around the world is a treat!! Thank you so much!!!
George N. Valencia
Congratulations for a job well done. Your photos are full of life, vibrant and a work of a master. With your photos people will be aware and educated how beautiful these creatures are. We need people like you , who takes part in the preservation of nature.
Your photos never cease to amaze me. I am very new to photography and have a liking for taking photos of birds in our area. One of the members noticed that I liked taking photos of birds and pointed me to this website ... I have never stopped looking ever since I learned about this. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful images. You inspire us all to appreciate God's creation more :-)
Romy, I first saw your pictures on the bird forum and saw you were shooting with Sigmas 300-800 with and without TC 1.4 & 2x. All I can say is your one of the best bird photographers I have seem. My first reaction was wow I have to have that lens but when I saw your pictures with the other lenses including my 1000-400 L I knew it was 90 % photographer. I have to say even the Tamron cheapy beat out the 100-400L. In any event thanks for sharing your pictures. Do you think the 300-800 is a good route to go now that you have had it for a while or should I set my sights on Canon's 500 F4. If you could I would appreciate ypour opinion. My email is email@example.com.
Excellent work in your work Kababayan.
Thanks, Dennis. This is a passionate hobby for me...;-)
Lupet ng arsenal mo sir. Are you doing this as a hobby or as a profession? Just curious. Anyway, you have a very wonderful gallery and subjects. God Bless.
Impressive lenses and equipment collection.
fantastic gallery man! I enjoyed all the images and admire your enthusiasm for photography. Good job! Hope to shoot with you one day, either here in UAE or there in Philipines
i was born and raised in masinloc. i will be interested to know in what particular areas of the town did you find these birds. your pictures are amazing. also interested to know your connections to my hometown.
Your work makes me wanna buy a camera of my own... keep it up sir your bird pics are inspiring.
Excellent site. It is so fun for me to see birds from around the world. I am from South Dakota and have never seen half of the birds you have photographed. Your pictures are wonderful and it has been a joy to look through them. Thank you. Lynne Williams
Great photos what i have seen of the Sigma 300-800 has inspired me to buy it regards Alan UK.
Great Pictures ......I'm impressed hope to see more of your work.
leonardo u. lindo
have not visited the place. am looking forward to be seeing the beauty of nature in your "kigdom" on july 05 together with my partner.
Sir, you have quite a fan base here among the enthusiast photographers of Haribon. Is it possible to have an interview with you? We would like to write a short article about you for our magazine and website.
Beautiful bird pics! I was born in Nagcarlan, Laguna, do you ever shoot around there?
Also, do the NPAs in the gubat leave you guys alone?...
Hi Romy. Love the photos, especially the Egrets - we have lots of these near to where I live.
Your eye sees the true beauty in every scene, your lens reflects the beauty in your soul.
I enjoyed your gallery, keep up the excellant work.
hope to see palawan birs on your gallery
Thanks and more power
Your images never cease to amaze me. Excellent photos! How I wish I could be as good as you! Hats-off ako Sir.
just wanted to say your galleries are all very
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So sorry, but I don't speak the language (French?). Would appreciate if you can translate to English. Thanks.
Les images n'ont pas été prises au début par vous. S'il vous plaît demander à la permission à la source originale.
Thanks for the good site! I'm recently arrived in Davao City, working as co-director for an NGO here. I'm a hard-core birder and looking forward to meeting birders and seeing new birds here, as well in my travels around the Philippines in the next year. Best wishes! Bruce
Erratum: in my previous message "you inspires us"...should be "you inspire us"....well, I hope to be able to inform more people about your website.
I am always fascinated by bird photography. Thank you for sharing your collection, you inspires us to even pursue more nature's preservation by raising peoples' consciousness of the rich flora and fauna we have here in the Philippines. We will learn more of your photography through your galleries.
I'm happy to hear that there are now people in our country that admire nature...
Here in California we really respect nature...I work night shift and everytime I take my lunch break in my car... A friendly Racoon will always approach me and wait for food...
Keep up the good work kabayan...
The ones in the American Cemetery gallery are perched at an acacia tree. The others, I could not recall the type or name of tree. Thanks for visiting.
your picture in www.birdwatch.ph/gallery/ whitecollaredkingfisher shows a kingfisher on a tree. I would like to know the english name of that tree
nice and great bird photos!
i also like the one in galongen/quirino river and american cemetery.
hello can i add you to my blogspot friends?
Very nice pictures...