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Candaba Marsh, Pampanga

Barangay: Paralaya and Simang
City: Candaba
Province: Pampanga
Island: Luzon

Start Date: 23/01/2011
End Date: 23/01/2011
Start Time: 06:30 AM
Time In Field: 3.5

Name of Birder (Reporter): Karen Ochavo

Other Birders Present: Felix Servita, Trinket Canlas, Jhoel Jorda, Mike Lu, Lenny Worthington, Butch San Juan, Abby Santos, Gerry de Villa, Boboy Francisco, Russell Andaya, Ida Ortiz, Alex Tiongco, Mel Tan, Kitty Aspelin, Nat Tolentino, Charo Lim, Tere Cervero, Jops Josef, Maia Tañedo, Jun Osano , Yana Osano, Mailyn Yangco, Jude Sanchez, Emily Triunfo, Erica Aboy, Romy Ocon, Nilo Arribas, Rey Sta Ana, Alain Pascua, Cecil Morella

Number of Birders Present: 31

Environment Condition: Sunny with light winds

Garganeys taking to the air

Trip Notes: Asian Waterbird Census conducted by WBCP and DENR Region 3. The group covered two main areas namely Paralaya and Simang. The ponds surrounding the Mayor's house had noticeably less water compared to January last year (2010). Overgrowth of reeds, lotus plant, and grass were observed within the shallow ponds, which made counting difficult because the waterbirds were in hiding/camouflaged. Some areas further beyond the Mayor's house that used to be part of the wetland habitat were turned intro agricultural plots for planting rice. About two gun shots were heard while conducting the census, source was unidentified.


1. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 11
2. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 303
3. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 426
4. Great Egret Ardea alba 300
5. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia 7
6. Little Egret Egretta garzetta 212
7. Little Heron (Striated Heron) Butorides striata 1
8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 113
9. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 195
10. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus 11
11. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis 36
12. Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis 4
13. Heron sp. Ardea sp. 800
14. Egret sp. Egretta sp. 800
15. Pond-heron sp. Ardeola sp. 17
16. Philippine Duck Anas luzonica 71
17. Garganey Anas querquedula 1332
18. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 34
19. Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 2
20. Duck sp. Anatidae sp. 51
21. Eastern Marsh-Harrier Circus spilonotus 2
22. Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus 6
23. White-browed Crake Porzana cinerea 10
24. White-breasted Waterhen (White-breasted Bush-hen) Amaurornis phoenicurus 16
25. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 54
26. Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio 18
27. Eurasian Coot (Common Coot) Fulica atra 4
28. Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus 3
29. Asian Golden-Plover (Pacific Golden-Plover) Pluvialis fulva 7
30. Little Ringed-Plover Charadrius dubius 19
31. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 306
32. Common Redshank Tringa totanus 1
33. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 2
34. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 188
35. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 5
36. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 54
37. Rufous-necked Stint (Red-necked Stint ) Calidris ruficollis 183
38. Wader/ Shorebird sp. Charadriidae/ Scolopacidae sp. 478
39. Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum 1
40. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 2415
41. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 216
42. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 10
43. White-collared Kingfisher (Collared Kingfisher) Todirhamphus chloris 1

Total = 8, 725