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Philippine Entry to the International
Black-faced Spoonbill Census 2004

No entry was seen in the census period in the Philippines. However, one of three birds found in Palawan Island in previous winter still remained there over the summer and also intermittently appeared til 25 January 2005.

Unfortunately, the fishpond where the spoonbills were usually seen had been drained out by the local government on 4 February 2005 (Wild Bird Club of the Philippines). In addition, a single bird was also seen in Batanes Islands on December 2004 and the previous record in the island was three birds in 2001. It used to be very few Black-faced Spoonbills recorded in the Philippines, the present records would be related to the blooming of the population in recent years.

Moderator notes:

* The Palawan data was courtesy of Arnel Mallari (Iwahig Penal Colony, Palawan) and sent by SMS monthly to Mike Lu. Arne Jensen of the WBCP Records Committee wrote the final report submitted to the Census.

* The Batanes data was sent in by Byron Peralta.

*A copy of the Census was sent to WBCP and can be borrowed by members.


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