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Candaba Swamp Scored another Record

Written by Lorena   
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Michael Lu, president of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that its first Philippine record to be visited by black-browed reed warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps) in Barangay Visal, San Fernando, Candaba, Pampanga on April 27, 2008.

The black browed reed warbler is brown in color and slightly bigger than maya (sparrow), was found near the main pond in the 100- hectare fishpond owned by Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo.

The team from WBCP and the UK based Wetland Trust conducted a four- day survey in Candaba to locate the globally threatened streaked reed warbler (Acrocephalus sorghophilus). They believe that these species know no other ground to escape winter in Northeast asia, except the country. Aiming for what they are looking for, their search led to the discovery of the black browed reed warbler.

Candaba Swamp visit Black Browed Reed Warbler

The last sight of streaked reed warbler was seven years ago also in Candaba Swamp. The population thought to be very small for there was little patches of reeds to live on. This is the reason why WBCP and the Wetland Trust have urged the Candaba government to discourage communities from burning wetland vegetation to sustain wetland birds especially the critically endangered ones.

Candaba Swamp is considered as the kind sanctuaries inheriting birds, base on the 17, 000 birds in the 24- hour bird census recorded by WBCP and Department of Environment and natural Resources. The record is not just for Candaba but for the whole Philippines as well. [via inquirer.net]


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