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A Biker Among the Birds of Candaba Wetlands

Our guide said that the best time to go bird watching along Candaba’s wetlands is during the birds’ feeding time. This is usually the time they take flight and scrounge along the bushy wetlands for food. The first one occurs in the early morning hours of the day, and the second one, during the late afternoons. 

Gray Herons at Candaba WetlandsLuck, it seemed, was still not on our side as it was almost nine in the morning when we treaded down the bird-watching trail. There were hardly any visible birds along the area as most were already hiding down the bushes. What we saw were the few that peeked through Candaba’s thick growth.


As we walked on, our guide pointed the hiding birds to us, identifying them through her illustrated manual. I’m really Ducks in Flight at Candaba Wetlandsnot a bird enthusiast, so most of the names got lost on me.

But according to many online articles about Candaba swamp, most visitors would probably spot Egrets, Eurasians Wigeons, Garganeys, Northern Pintails, Wandering Whistling Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Common Pochards, Tufted Ducks and Gray and Purple Herons.

A few of the rarer birds reportedly spotted in the area were Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio Porphyrio), Chinese Pond Herons (Ardeola Bacchus) and the Black-Crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax Nycticorax).

Even without the swarming birds that we came to expect at the Candaba Bird Sanctuary, we still had a pretty good time. Visiting Candaba had been a good learning experience; and next year, we’ll definitely be ready for them birds.

A Couple of Birds at Candaba Wetlands An Egret in flight at Candaba WetlandsA Lone Heron Soaring Above the Candaba Wetlands

 

Click to view Candaba Swamp location on Google Maps

Candaba Wetlands Bird Sanctuary
Address: Dona Simang, Candaba, Pampanga
Bird Watching Tour Fee: Php150.00 per head



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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, April 15, 2011

14 comments:

  1. like a scene from a movie. nice photos. love the first one with the man on a bike. even yung single bird..

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  2. you have an amazing blog. feels like i been to those places. Your photos are spectacular.

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  3. ang ganda ng tagak pag ka capture christian, taking-off.:-).

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  4. I never thought may ganito sa Pinas.. it's very beautiful! At least, even though we haven't yet seen this place, it seems like you've been taking us their! Thanks.

    http://mytravelanywhere.blogspot.com/

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  5. Lzlpio90
    The Candaba Bird Sanctuary has been around for quite some time, visit na! :)

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  6. Hello Sir where can we avail the tour for Bird Watching?

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    1. Hi Christine, just go to the Dona Simang Bird Sanctuary and there are guides available there. I also suggest that you read this to avoid some misadventures:

      http://www.lakadpilipinas.com/2011/04/candaba-travel-tips.html

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  7. sir summer ba pag migrate ng mga ibon or nay month meron jan dumadayo? maraming salamat sir...

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    1. Here you go Manong Unyol :)
      http://www.lakadpilipinas.com/2011/04/candaba-travel-tips.html

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  8. Bring your own binoculars ba dito or provided na ni dona simang?thanks

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  9. Bring your own binoculars ba dito or provided na ni dona simang?thanks

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    1. There are binoculars provided for the guests, but you can bring your own if you have one :)

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