Nature’s Course

Make the most out of your game time at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort by stopping to admire the many species of birds and flowers on the course!

WEST COURSE

Where: West Course Hole 14 and 15
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala
)
This is a large stork with a long yellow bill that curves down at the tip. The adult is primarily white with black striped markings on the wings, white plumage and bright pink on tertials – which lends to the painted appearance. It is also hard to miss the bright orange face, pinkish legs, and speckled band across the chest. These storks typically fly with their head and neck drooping almost at or below the belly level.

Where: West Course Hole 14
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta)

The snowy-white bird is marked with a yellow bill and dark legs. Interestingly during courtship, the bill turns grey black while the long straight aigrette plumes extend beyond the tail. The Eastern Great Egret is often seen wading slowly through the water, on the lookout for prey such as fish, frogs, insects and other small aquatic creatures.

Where: West Course Hole 14
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

This small heron is also known as the fisherman bird! Equipped with a natural fishing rod (a long extensible neck) and bait (sometimes), this solitary bird is commonly seen perched patiently at ponds and lakes as it seeks out fish.Then, the seemingly short neck suddenly stretches into extreme lengths as it snaps up prey.

EAST COURSE

Where: East 1 Hole 3
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

This dark beauty is a large songbird with ruby-red eyes and whose body features a stunning greenish gloss in good light. They’re also highly gregarious, roosting in large flocks, feeding mainly on fruits, nectar, and insects. Considered one of the noisiest families of birds, the call is a short whistle when perched, and a ringing when in flight.

Where: East 1 Hole 4
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

The beautiful blue and white small bird is also known as the Macleay’s or Blue Kingfisher thanks to its bright plumage. It has a white belly and vibrant multi-tone blue wings and back, along with a notable bright white spot in front of the eyes that does not extend back over the eye. In flight shows white patches on the wings.

Where: East 1 Hole 4
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)

This bird is neither a magpie nor a robin, but is in fact an old world flycatcher. Its name is derived from its black and white plumage resembling a magpie, while its jerky movements, tail fanning, and confiding habits resemble that of a robin. The prized asset of this bird is none other than its strong melodious song that is highly variable with the ability to mimic the songs of other birds.

Beyond the green
While you explore Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, you’re bound to sport the various beautiful flora growing and thriving there. Here’s a sneak peek on what to look out for.