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Laguna Lakeshore, Taguig, NCR

Hagonoy Pumping Station, Taguig
Location: Laguna Lakeshore, Taguig
Date: January 22, 2006
Time: 6:30-8:00 am

Birders: Moises, Moira and Telor Camacho, Trinket Canlas, Ann Lim, Mike Lu, Orly Punzalan
DENR-NCR: Rey Aguinaldo, Jonathan Pena

Trip Report by Mike Lu
Birdlist by Rey Aguinaldo and Ann Lim

Trip Report

On the last day of the Asian Waterbird Census, the WBCP and DENR-NCR decided to add one more wetland count for the National Capital Region ( NCR ). We headed for the lakeshores of Laguna de Bay in Hagonoy, Taguig. The Japanese government had erected a pumping station to control floodwaters during the monsoon season. Club previously visited the site during the summertime but bad roads had prevented us to venture to this part when the rains came.

It had not rained the past few weeks and dust from the unpaved roads covered our vehicles in a hazy film. We split into 2 groups. Rey, Jonathan, Orly and I took an outriggerless boat ride out to the fisherman's resthouse on stilts while the others climbed up 2 flights of stairs to the top of the pumping station for a better vantage point.

Waterplants abound and we flush out bitterns as our boat passed by. From the house we observe Whiskered Terns flying about while Pacific Swallows occasionally rest atop the bamboo poles. Yellow bitterns and Cinnamon Bitterns abound. Even a Black-Bittern gave us good views before it disappeared into the water hyacinths.

Boat ride
( L-R ) Taguig boatman, Rey Aguinaldo, Orly Punzalan, Mike Lu, and Jonathan Pena

Waterbirds like White-browed Crake, White-breasted Waterhens and Striated Heron showed up every now and then. A pair of plump Common Waterhens suddenly emerged from the edge of the waterplants unmindful of the birders. Other birds observed include the Common Kingfisher, Striated Grassbirds, Clamorous Reed-Warblers and the Brown Shrike.

Purple Swamphen
Purple Swamphen
White-browed Crake
White-browed Crake

After an hour and a half of birding we went back ashore to meet up with the other group. On the dirt path, Jonathan chanced upon a Java Sparrow in a flock of Eurasian Tree Sparrows. Comparing our notes, the other group added Purple Swamphen and Black-crowned Night Heron to our list.

*The guards at the pumping station related that wild ducks forage in the area at night but leave before sunrise. They also noticed a Brahminy Kite that comes regularly to perch on the powerlines near noon.

BIRD LIST:
1. Striated Heron - 1
2. Black-crowned Night-heron - 1
3. Cinnamon Bittern - 5
4. Yellow Bittern - 12
5. Black Bittern - 1
6. White-browed Crake - 4
7. Common Moorhen - 6
8. White-breasted Waterhen - 5
9. Purple Swamphen - 1
10. Whiskered Tern - 70+

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Species not included in census:
1. Common Kingfisher- 1
2. Pacific Swallow - 26
3. Clamorous Reed-warbler - 13
4. Striated Grassbird - 4
5. Zitting Cisticola - 2
6. Brown Shrike - 2
7. Eurasian Tree Sparrow - common
8. Java Sparrow - 1
9. Chestnut Munia - 5