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Black-faced Spoonbill Sightings
from December 2003 - December 2004

According to the Guide to Birds of the Philippines by Kennedy, et al, the Black-faced spoonbill was a rare migrant, and only recorded in the tidal flats of Manila Bay but not since 1914. In more recent history, the only other record was of 3 birds in Batanes from October to December, 2001.

In December 2003, visiting Canadian birder Todd Pepper along with local guide, Arnel Mallari reported seeing 3 Black-faced spoonbills at the Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan.

To read Todd Pepper's complete report please click here. The chronology of events as follows:

  • Dec 6, 2003 - First report by Todd Pepper and Arnel Mallari
  • Dec 7, 2003 - Seen again in the same site by Todd Pepper and Arnel Mallari
  • Feb 19, 2004 - Confirmed by visiting birding group guided by Tim Fisher
  • April 21, 2004 - Arnel Mallari observes that juvenile bird seems to have grown
  • May 5, 2004 - Peter Widman of the Katala Foundation sends in first pictures of the spoonbills
  • May 12, 2004 - Arnel Mallari notes birds seem to be molting
  • May 26, 2004 - WBCP member Jon Hornbuckle takes pictures of the spoonbills
  • June 11, 2004 - Arnel Mallari confirms the spoonbills' presence
  • June 24 & 30, 2004 - only one bird seen by Arnel Mallari
  • July 2, 9 & 16, 2004 - only one bird seen by Arnel Mallari
  • August 6 & 21, 2004 - only one bird seen by Arnel Mallari
  • September 5 & 15, 2004 - only one bird seen by Arnel Mallari
  • September 24, 2004 - last sighting of the lone spoonbill by Arnel Mallari. Gunshots from local
    police target training scares off lone spoonbill
  • December 22, 2004 - lone spoonbill returns to the same area
  • December 28, 2004 - one bird seen by Arnel Mallari

Todd Pepper's report was accepted and published by the International Black-faced Spoonbill Census and Palawan was acknowledged as the southernmost point in the range of the Black-faced Spoonbill migration.

 

Related links:
Black-faced Spoonbill Sightings from December 2003-September2004 | Information on Black-faced Spoonbill
Philippine Entry to the Interntional Blacked-faced Spoonbill Census