Time: 6:00 am 10:00 am
Location: Tambo mudlats and Coastal Road lagoon, Parañaque
Trip report and birdlist by Stef Saño Jr., Mike Lu
& Mark Villa
WBCP birders: Nilo Arribas, Romel Barrera, Mike Lu,
Jill Lucero, Stef Saño Jr., Charlie Te, Val Toral,
Mark Villa and Geri de Villa
Non-WBCP members: Pinky Alano, Daniel Cercado, Catherine
Dy, Rommel Gonzales, Macky Lovina, Inna Luengas, Zen Olalia,
Roland Reyes, A. G. Saño, Mila Tan
Team Explorer crew: Jeffrey Hidalgo, JV Noriega, Julius
Ramos, Kikoy Rapadas
Meeting Place: Petron station, EDSA cor Diosdado Macapagal
Weather: Sun fully up. Clear skies with patches of
cirrus. No discernable wind.
Surface: Tidal currents incoming, water rising to cover
most of river. By 700h, river navigable by rowboat.
Vegetation: Mostly tall grass about 2m. Shrubs and
small trees also present, including ipil-ipil.
Lu, Mark Villa and Nilo Arribas guided the tour. Along with
several new birders, the Team Explorer crew led by host Jeffrey
Hidalgo was also present, as well as 5 other Club members.
By 5:50 am, the stragglers had arrived at Petron, and off
the convoy went to the parking lot, just west/ south of the
Nayong Pilipino area along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue.
arriving, birders new and old were welcomed by Mike Lu and
half a dozen Eurasian Tree Sparrows in the parking lot. Nilo
oriented everyone on binocular use, as Mike handed them out.
The group then started walking the trail to water's edge.
Within a minute into the trail, a Lesser Coucal was visible,
perched on grass on top of a mound. A Bright-capped Cisticola
was also visible, perched on a grass stalk as well. At least
two more Cisticolas flew around the same area.
Birders continued walking until they reached waters
edge of the "river", at which time a flock of 15
egrets flew south along the bayline, at least 1 km away. Over
the land from the northeast, the first of a few Black-crowned
Night Herons flew to the southwest, presumably returning to
its roost after some night hunting. Then, due west, about
half a dozen Philippine Ducks flew from north to south.
Little Egrets were spotted perched on trees west of
the birders, beyond the "island" in the middle
of the river. At least one Clamorous Reed Warbler was
heard by Nilo, apparently from the tallgrass, back near
the trail. Stef heard a Collared Kingfisher, eventually
spotted by Mike on the south banks along the river and
seen by other birders.
Kingfisher came around, this time a Common Kingfisher,
showing its diagnostic pale ear coverts. It flew around,
just across the river from the birders, east of the
island. Then it flew away downstream and farther east.
Egrets in V formation
coming in from the north
Looking West-Southwest at Asiaworld, Mike and Mark suspected
a raptor flew past but it was too distant for identification.
Another flock of about 15 egrets flew along the skyline of
Asiaworld, from north to south.
A Yellow Bittern was spotted on the water, among the debris,
west of the birders and south of the island. (Later, the Team
Explorer camera crew captured footage of a yellow bittern
that showed up later, possibly this same one, in the same
a Striated Heron was seen by Mark, walking among floating
debris. Later, there were a couple more sightings: one
in flight and one feeding among the debris. Across the
river, a few birders were busy observing a Clamorous
Reed Warbler perched on grass at water's edge. It flew
upwards to higher grass, then hid behind the thickets.
Sightings of three Zebra Doves were reported by Mike
as one Pacific Swallow flew overhead. Mark mentioned
that there were three other Pacific Swallows seen earlier.
Mike Lu being interviewed by
Team Explorer host Jeffrey Hidalgo
Back to the southern shore, a Common Sandpiper was spotted
by Mark and shown to new birders. Overhead, one Barn Swallow
flew by, with the diagnostic deep fork tail and no striations
underneath. Another Barn Swallow flew by, followed by five
more. Three more Philippine Ducks showed up at about 15m altitude,
this time a bit closer to the birders, and going south to
north, the opposite direction from the earlier sighting. Another
Black-Crowned Night Heron flew around, northwest of the birders,
then headed south.
Meanwhile at least a dozen Eurasian Tree Sparrows busily flew
around the house on the island, and Mike mentioned seeing
at least one Yellow-vented Bulbul back in the grass and shrubs.
Then, all of a sudden, a mixed flock of roughly a dozen shorebirds
showed up, about 20m above the ground, from the northeast
heading southwest, beyond the island. At least eight (8) were
Pacific (Asian) Golden Plovers, and a few others were Common
Birders walking through the lush Tambo grasslands
new species sightings slowed down and birders were talking
amongst themselves, a flock of about a dozen Egrets
(black legs and feet) flew directly overhead at about
15m above ground, from inland to the bay (East to West).
Everyone was directed to look skywards and gasps of
surprise and the ruffling of binoculars were heard.
Mike, who thought the group had observed a different
Egret from the ones foraging around the bay, later conferred
with Stef, who mentioned looking at and positively describing
the black legs and feet, but not getting a good view
of the bills. These were likely to be Intermediate Egrets.
The group began heading back to the parking lot. As people
turned around to leave, Stef spotted a Striated Grassbird
on the grass along the western shore, momentarily perched
about 2.5m high, then dashing into the thickets. As the group
walked back, Mark mentioned also seeing four Striated Grassbirds
from the trail, as well as hearing possibly an Oriental Reed
Near the trailhead, about 30m from the parking lot, a pair
of Lesser Coucals showed up, perched on top of a young ipil-ipil,
between the last few birders and the parking lot. Team Explorer
crew were able to start their cameras rolling and film the
TAMBO MUDFLATS BIRD LIST:
1. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia 12 east to west
2. Little Egret Egretta garzetta 2
3. Egret sp - 15
4. Striated Heron Butorides striatus 5+
5. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 2
6. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis 2
7. Philippine Duck Anas luzonica 10+ flying south, then
later 3 flying north.
8. Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva 10+
9. Common Redshank Tringa totanus 5+
10. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 1
11. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata 3+
12. Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis 2+
13. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 1
14. Collared Kingfisher Todirhamphus chloris 3
15. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 7
16. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica 4
17. Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier 1+
18. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis 3+
19. Clamorous Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus 3
20. Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris 5
21. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach 1
22. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 12+
By 8:30 am, more than half of the birders were ready to call
it a day. The hardier of the birders Nilo, Mark, Jill, Mike,
Val, Rommel, Dan & Macky continued on to the Coastal Road
lagoon with the Team Explorer crew. It was high tide and as
there was a strong wind, all the trash were blown close to
shore which made the lagoon looked " "clean,"
picturesque even. Except for some Black-crowned Night-herons
and a few Common Sandpipers, there were no signs of other
birdlife. Later on, a disturbed flock of Little Egrets flew
out from the mangroves and settled back. A Purple Heron flew
towards north towards Asiaworld. But the best is yet to come,
2 flocks of Intermediate Egrets flew just above the water
surface as they head southwards.
Heron Ardea purpurea - 1
2. Intermediate Egrets Egretta intermedia - 30+
3. Little Egrets Egretta garzetta - 60+
4. Striated Heron Butorides striatus - 2
5. Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax - 20+
6. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus - 1
7. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos - 3+
8. White-collared Kingfisher Halcyon chloris - 2
9. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 5+