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JANUARY 2014 ROUNDUP

January is a hectic time for the WBCP participating in the annual Asian Waterbird Census. Aside from the counts, meetings and a couple of guided birdwatching trips were also conducted.

JANUARY 2014 ROUNDUP
Compiled by Mike Lu and Maia Tanedo

Jan. 11 – Asian Waterbird Census: Lake Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Total birds counted was 1,336 which include Philippine Duck, Tufted Duck, Great Cormorant, and Grey Heron.

From L-R: Mark Pineda a balikbayan from UK, Dennis Jakoboski, Ms. Elsie Nolasco our CENRO connection, Richard Ruiz, and Doc Pete Calope. Photo from Doc Pete
From L-R: Mark Pineda a balikbayan from UK, Dennis Jakoboski, Ms. Elsie Nolasco our CENRO connection, Richard Ruiz, and Doc Pete Calope. Photo from Doc Pete

Jan. 12 – Records Committee Meeting at the Lu residence, Manila. The WBCP Records Committee met and re-apppointed Arne Jensen as its Chairman with Christian Perez as vice-chairman. Other members of the committee include Leni Sutcliffe, Tinggay Cinco, Mark Villa, Jops Josef, Maia Tanedo, Rob Hutchinson, Susie Gavinio, Adri Constantino, Kitty Arce, Lala Espanola and Desmond Allen.

Discussion during the Records Committee Meeting. Photo by Tinggay Cinco
Discussion during the Records Committee Meeting. Photo by Tinggay Cinco

Jan. 15 – Guided Trip in Ateneo. A guided birdwalk was conducted in the Ateneo de Manila campus in Quezon City in line with their celebration of Bio Week. Species seen include Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Collared Kingfisher, and Peregrine Falcon.

Discovering birds in their campus. Photo by Maia Tanedo
Discovering birds in their campus. Photo by Maia Tanedo
Trinket Constantino gives the introduction to the activity. Photo by Maia Tanedo
Trinket Constantino gives the introduction to the activity. Photo by Maia Tanedo

Jan. 16 – Talk and Guided Trip for Laguna Bel Air School. This was a followup birding activity to an introductory talk in the Laguna Bel Air School. This time the students were brought out and they birded in the area just outside their campus.

From L-R: Michelle Zeta Laguna Belair School Principal, Sylvia Ramos, Penny Sarmientothe coordinator, Mike Anton, Tonji Ramos, and Martin Alvendia. Photo from Martin Alvendia
From L-R: Michelle Zeta Laguna Belair Science School Principal, Sylvia Ramos, Penny Sarmiento Extension Services and Special Programs coordinator, Mike Anton, Tonji Ramos, and Martin Alvendia. Photo from Martin Alvendia
Going out and birding! Photo by Martin Alvendia
Going out and birding! Photo by Martin Alvendia

Jan. 18 – Asian Waterbird Census in Balanga City, BataanTotal birds counted was 12,248 which include Black-winged Stilt, Chinese Egret, Great Egret, and Whiskered Tern.

Jan. 19 – Asian Waterbird Census in the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat & Ecotourism Area, Coastal Road, Paranaque. Total birds counted was 2,525 which include Rufous Night Heron, Kentish Plover, and Pacific Golden Plover.

Mike Lu and Jon Javier walking from one count area to another. Photo by Anna Gonzales
Mike Lu and Jon Javier walking from one count area to another. Photo by Anna Gonzales
Part of the LPPCHEA. Photo by Anna Gonzales
Part of the LPPCHEA. Photo by Anna Gonzales

Jan. 19 – Asian Waterbird Census in Bangkong Malapad, Sasmuan, Pampanga. Total birds counted was 10,568 which include Caspian Tern, Little Tern, and Black-tailed Godwit.

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Counting the many terns and waders. Photos from Kitty Arce

Jan. 20 – Asian Waterbird Census in Lake Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. Total birds counted was 6,785 which include Tufted Duck, Whiskered Tern, Great Egret, and Wandering Whistling Duck.

Jan. 24 – Asian Waterbird Census in Malalag Bay, Davao del Sur. Total birds counted was 4,482 which inlcude Philippine Duck, Javan Pond Heron, and Black-winged Stilts.

Jan. 24-25 – Asian Waterbird Census in Bicol River Estuary, Camarines Sur. Total birds counted was 13,986 which include Northern Shoveler, Chinese Egret, and Rufous-necked Stint.

WBCP member Felix Servita with the Cabusao Wetlands warden Frederico Maravilla and kids. Photo from Felix Servita
WBCP member Felix Servita with the Cabusao Wetlands warden Frederico Maravilla and kids. Photo from Felix Servita
Cabusao Wetlands with Mt. Isarog in the background. Photo by Felix Servita
Cabusao Wetlands with Mt. Isarog in the background. Photo by Felix Servita

Jan. 25 – Asian Waterbird Census in Tanza, Navotas. Total birds counted was 9,832 which include Chinese Egret, Pacific Golden Plover, Common Redshank, and Common Greenshank.

AWC Team Tanza group shot. Photo by Willem Van De Ven
AWC Team Tanza group shot. Photo by Willem Van De Ven
Counters in action. Photo by Jamie Dichaves
Counters in action. Photo by Jamie Dichaves

Jan. 26 – Asian Waterbird Census in Candaba Marsh, Pampanga.  Total birds counted was 5,170 which include Philippine Duck, Tufted Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck, Wood Sandpiper, and Northern Shoveler.

One of the teams counting birds in Candaba. Photo by Maia Tanedo
One of the teams counting birds in Candaba. Photo by Maia Tanedo
The different teams tallying their counts. Photo by Maia Tanedo
The different teams tallying their counts. Photo by Maia Tanedo

Jan. 26 – Asian Waterbird Census in Bani, Pangasinan. Total birds counted was 13,300+ which include Great Egret, Little Egret, and Grey Plover.

Scoping out birds. Photo by Tere Cervero
Scoping out birds. Photo by Tere Cervero
WBCP team for Bani, Pangasinan. Photo from Krees Castaneda
WBCP team for Bani, Pangasinan. Photo from Krees Castaneda

Jan. 26 – Asian Waterbird Census in Taal. Total birds counted was 14,529.

Disembarking from the bangka. Photo by Ipat Luna
Disembarking from the bangka. Photo by Ipat Luna
The team for AWC Taal. Photo from Ipat Luna
The team for AWC Taal. Photo from Ipat Luna

Jan. 26 – Asian Waterbird Census in Macabebe, Pampanga. Total birds counted was 6,646 which include Whiskered Tern, Long-toed Stint, and Black-winged Stilts.

Jan. 27 – Balitang Central Luzon CLTV 26. Mike Lu was interviewed by CLTV 36 for the news program Balitang Centra Luzon regarding the outcome of the AWC in Candaba Marsh and the Balanga wetlands.

 

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