Wild Philippines is published at last! Yes, this long-awaited book is now in the shops (or at least available from them), so you should all be rushing to snap up your copies over the coming weeks!
A major work
With over 50,000 words and 300 photos, and taking two years to pull together, Wild Philippines is a major work. It represents a much-needed overview of the Philippines’ natural environment and its conservation. Both the information and the photography should appeal equally to the lay person who simply wants something attractive about the Philippine natural environment, and the serious conservation worker involved in research into and protection of the country’s critical habitats and wildlife.
All the text and almost all the photos (bar six, of subjects I couldn’t get myself) are by me.
I know I shouldn’t be immodest, but I think the book looks fantastic!
Where to buy Wild Philippines
In the UK Wild Philippines is available through all good book shops, and in the Philippines through all branches of National Book Stores. Online, it can be found in all the usual places, including every Amazon website.
Seeing some sample material
A few sample photos are shown here, including the cover. However, many more photos, plus sample pages can be seen at:
I’m making progress! Yes, the material for the new Wild Philippines book is starting to come together, which is just as well because the deadline is starting to loom!
So the latest development is that I’ve processed images far enough that I’m now able to publish a gallery of sample images. Yippee! That’s not an ironic yippee, I have to say – I’ve been struggling to reach this point for ages!
Anyway, you can see a few images here, but I’ve put together a much bigger gallery, of 40 photos, on the website. You can see all these photos by clicking on the link below:
There’s no formal system of putting in advance orders for Wild Philippines as yet – that will come later – but if you think you’re going to want a copy (or copies even) then get in touch and let me know!
I’ve just posted to the website a gallery of photos of Philippine hotels. These hotels all gave me a huge amount of help during my recent Wild Philippines photo shoots, providing not only great accommodation, but also transportation and scuba diving.
They really pulled out the stops to help make my work so much easier, hugely contributing to the great success that the photo shoots were. So a big ‘Thankyou’ to all of them!
It also has to be said that many of them were so comfortable that there were times when I was rather reluctant to leave my cosy room for the sweaty heat of the rainforests! So, all in all, if any of you is thinking of making a visit to the Philippines, I can thoroughly recommend all these hotels.
I’ve posted just a few images here, but you can see many more on the website by going to:
Continuing with the second Wild Philippines photo shoot, here’s a second video about a couple of days I spent with the Mabuwaya Foundation, working with Philippine crocodiles, in the far north of the Philippines.
This video shows reptile expert Joey Brown fitting a captively reared juvenile crocodile with a radio transmitter that will enable it to be tracked once it is released back into the wild. The young croc was due to be released the next day, so the transmitter had to be fitted then.
I’ve just finished the second photo shoot for the Wild Philippines project, so all the photography for that upcoming book is now complete. All I have to do is wade through thousands of photos and write 50,000 words to put the text together!
Working with crocodiles
A part of the second photo shoot was spent with people from an organisation called the Mabuwaya Foundation, who are working to save the Philippine Crocodile from extinction. This species is unique to the Philippines, and is highly endangered, with only about 200 left in the wild.
Here you can see the first of three videos that I took showing their work, including the release of three young crocodiles into the wild, one more step towards restoring the animals’ numbers.
Treating an injured crocodile
In this video you’ll see a sub-adult Philippine crocodile that was originally released into the wild some time ago, but which has come back to the Mabuwaya’s rearing centre due to injuries sustained when it was attacked by dogs.
The video shows the crocodile being brought out of one of the centre’s ponds and then receiving treatment to its damaged tail.
The two remaining crocodile videos will follow shortly, followed by more video diaries from the second photo shoot.
I hope you enjoy this video. I’ll look forward to your comments.
Finally, the last video diary for the first Wild Philippines photo shoot. This one covers a great day I had in the rainforest of Raja Sikatuna Protected Landscape, one of the last areas of natural rainforest remaining on the island of Bohol, in the south of the Philippines.
High humidity, very dense vegetation, tangled rattans, lots of wildlife…. It was a really good day on which to round off this trip, if a rather sticky, sweaty one!
The video diaries will resume in April, when the second (and final) photo shoot for Wild Philippines takes place. I hope you enjoy this last video.
The final underwater photography for this first trip for the Wild Philippines project took place on the coral reefs off the southwest coast of Bohol, in the south of the Philippines.
Specifically, we did a few dives around Panglao Island and the nearby Balicasag Island. The former is quite a large island, one of the Philippines most popular tourism attractions, while Balicasag is a tiny island, a marine reserve, a few kilometres off the southwest tip of Panglao.
The reefs here are superb, with a huge range of hard and soft corals, as well as quite a mix of both reef and pelagic fish. A really exciting place to dive.
The video below shows some of the diving done over two days around these two islands. I hope you like it! You can also see this video at www.facebook.com/nigelhicksphotography, where you’ll be able to share the video with your friends and followers.
In this the latest video diary around my Wild Philippines photography work, I look at the few days I spent in beautiful El Nido, a magnificent place of rocky islands close to the northern tip of Palawan, in the far west of the Philippines.
Diving here brought up photography of a shoal of snappers, several turtles, and some stunning corals.
I’ve been falling behind on posting my video diaries from the Wild Philippines project, sad to say. Actually, part of the reason is good, because the reason I’ve been falling behind is that things have been pretty full-on, with a lot of photography, thanks to a lot of help from quite a range of people. More on all that in later video posts.
For now, here are two video diaries about the couple of days I spent up on Mt Pulag, third highest mountain in the Philippines, at just a little less than 3000 metres high. It’s a story of dense, tangled, wet forest, lots of mud, followed by a day in sunshine on the mountain’s summit grasslands above the forest.
Needless to say, I hope you enjoy the videos. If you do, feel free to share the link and/or leave a comment.