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Balanga, Bataan


START DATE: January 15 2011

Waterbirds at the fishponds

NAME OF BIRDER(REPORTER): Anna Maria M. Gonzales (consolidated from lists from Carmela Espanola, Trinket Canlas and Joey Soriano)

OTHER BIRDERS PRESENT: Carmela Espanola, Joey Soriano, Trinket Canlas, Jun Osano, Jane Domingo, Yana Osano, Linda Gocon, Andrew Curtis, Lenny Worthington, Arthur Aguila, Alain Pascua, Homer Patulot, Rene Calado Jr., Maan Guzman, Karen Ochavo, Joni Acay

Also present were:

DENR Region 3, DENR- PENRO, Provincial ENRO, City Administrator's Office, City Tourism Office, City Agriculture Office, City PDO, City GSO, City PSO, Provincial Tourism Office, PMO, Punong- Barangay, CFARMC, Media, Drivers


Census counters pose for a group photo

(AWC) and conducted a briefing for census participants. We thought it was a good idea to go through the rationale of the AWC to familiarize members and locals who were attending the AWC for the first time. Three teams were formed with a mix of WBCP and local participants. We did our best to ensure that each group had people who could identify and count birds, and enable newbies to understand the AWC process.

After a short briefing by Anna and Lala , the teams sat down together to map out assignments per group. A member of the City government also shared maps of the areas to be censused. It turns out that what was called Sibacan by WBCP is actually the Ochog Fishponds (owned by someone named Ochog). It was suggested that next censuses must be preceded by discussions over actual maps to avoid confusion.

31 people from the local government and DENR-Region 3 turned out for the briefing, and everyone was at the hostel for the call time of 5:30 AM. Not all the participants were expected to count, however. The rest were there to provide support and to ensure that that groups were not to be disturbed by passersby or would be introduced to landowners properly. Some were also assigned to the vehicles and to distribute food and water to the counters.

The numbers were not as high as last year's and this was attributed to the fact that it was high tide early morning until noon. Last year, great numbers of waders were counted around Tortugas, specifically at the mudflats where the Talisay River flows out to Manila Bay. This area is in the vicinity of what is now known as the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park.

ENVIRONMENT CONDITION: Overcast, high tide
TRIP NOTES: Asian Waterbird Census


1. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 8
2. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 10
3. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 7
4. Great Egret Ardea alba 667
5. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia 4
6. Little Egret Egretta garzetta 952
7. Little Heron (Striated Heron) Butorides striata 22
8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 542
9. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 22
10. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus 2
11. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis 8

Unidentified herons and egrets 393
12. Philippine Duck Anas luzonica 2
13. Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus 9
14. White-browed Crake Porzana cinerea 2
15. White-breasted Waterhen (White-breasted Bush-hen) Amaurornis phoenicurus 4
16. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 38
17. Asian Golden-Plover (Pacific Golden-Plover) Pluvialis fulva 373
18. Little Ringed-Plover Charadrius dubius 10
19. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 1210

20. Mongolian Plover C.mongolus 178

21 Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 757
22. Common Redshank Tringa totanus 127
23. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 670
24. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 4
25. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 312
26. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 24
27. Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinerea 2
28. Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus brevipes 1
29. Rufous-necked Stint (Red-necked Stint ) Calidris ruficollis 256
30. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta 134
31. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata 3
32. Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 32
33. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 2190

Unidentified Shorebirds: 535

34. Black-headed Gull (Common Black-headed Gull) Larus ridibundus 624
35. Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana 3
36. Little Tern Sterna albifrons 1
37. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 3646
38. Tern sp. Sternidae sp. 200

Additional species:

Brahminy Kite -1
Common Kingfisher 10
White Collared Kingfisher 34
Crested Mynah -16