Featured Bird: 1.Pheasant-tailed Jacana | 2.Philippine Duck

Featured Bird of Candaba 3: Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)


The composite photo above was made out of photos taken on January 14, 2006 in Barangay Vizal San Pablo, Candaba. The Little Egrets of Candaba usually flock around farmers plowing the field creating a scene depicting the harmony between the people and the wildbirds.

If you look closely at the photo you will be able to identify a few of the bigger Great Egrets (Egretta alba). Egrets of various species normally congregate together, but the Little Egrets outnumber the other species during the wintering months from December to February.

This bird species forages by posing or actively pursuing fish and other tiny ground animals in most wetlands from ricefields and marshes to tidal flats. It also uses feet to stir bottom to flash prey. It has been recorded in every month. Individuals in breeding plumage have been noted in March, July and August. Migrants from Japan and Taiwan have been recovered in March, May, June and September. There is no evidence of breeding in the Philippines.

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