Zamboanga at twilight

Zamboanga City at twilight is surreal

Swifts congregating at downtown Zamboanga City's electrical wires

Swifts congregating at downtown Zamboanga City’s electrical wires

The sun has already settled below the horizon when the soft light of dusk, bluish to be exact, is at its throes as night is starting to sweep in. I just came from a barbershop in downtown Zamboanga City, having my hair shorn like sheep’s and was trying to find a ride back to the hotel. There were a few tricycles passing the soon to be silent streets at such an early hour.

I crossed the street, walked a few meters, gazed up and in a scene almost like Hitchcock’s, a flock of swifts were settling in for the night, perching on the many electrical wires that crisscross above. It was a raucous, with their high pitched tweets competing with the occasional vroom of motors.

But at the same time, it was a surreal. Like a dream. And glad that these weren’t crows.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

3 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    January 16, 2015 @ 22:54

    Zamboanga City at twilight is surreal: Swifts congregating at downtown Zamboanga City’s electrical wires
    The s… http://t.co/ePU7R6a07T

  2. MJune
    March 19, 2015 @ 16:06

    These are migratory barn swallows who have not left the city anymore and pacific swallows. This phenomena started in the early 2000. The Zamboangueños have learned to live with them.

  3. Dods Toevsky
    March 20, 2015 @ 18:49

    signs of environment decay.

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