Selection of Philippine avian wildlife all captured in habitat, plus nature and miscellaneous images.

Chinese Egret in flight at Manila Bay

This white bird is a rare migrant to the Philippines and easier to see in good numbers at Olango island in Cebu. On some occasions, it also visits Manila Bay to the delight of birdnuts like me. I got fortunate to catch it in flight during a brief birding sortie at the Coastal Lagoon.

This bird breeds in Russia, North/South Korea and China, and winters in some parts of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. It is classified as a vulnerable species, with the worlwide population down to about 3,000 birds according to some estimates.

Shooting info – Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, Philippines, November 3, 2010, Canon 1D MIV + EF 500 f4 L IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support.

Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes, migrant)

Habitat – Rare in shallow tidal flats and ricefields.

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4 responses

  1. Michael Novales

    oh alright! Thank you for that information!

    May 25, 2011 at 6:13 am

  2. Michael Novales

    coming from the MRT in Taft…

    May 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  3. Michael Novales

    Hi! How does one go to the Coastal Lagoons in Manila bay? would you suggest the best time to go there? Thanks!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    • Hi Michael,

      The entrance to the Coastal Lagoon is just before the tollgate of the Coastal Tollway (Bacoor bound). It’s best if you have your own car, as I don’t think there are PU vehicles passing along the area. Best birding season is November to April when the migrants are around. Go there early in the morning or late afternoon. Birds will be more numerous when the tide is low.

      May 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

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