Winds of up to 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph, Nearly 28,631 people were affected while 2,413 are currently staying in evacuation centers.
We drove to LPPCHEA, wishing that the hard rains would not affect the number of birds. It was a guided trip with some UP Diliman students studying journalism. Mike said that some people from TV5 would be there and film us birding :-). I was so excited of the fact of being on TV. It was something that I have wanted since I was a kid, but they were probably gonna focus on Kuya Mike (WBCP Member) and I was fine with that.
We arrived in LPPCHEA a bit too early, the trip was scheduled at 4pm and we came at 3:30. I decided to take pictures of the garbage on the shores to show to my club in school, FOME (Friends of Mother Earth). We looked around and due to the rain, the birds lessened from dozens to a few at a time. We could still find the usual Little Egrets and Black-crowned Night Heron. Pacific Swallows were quite common and flying very low. Tito Jerome then found a Barred Rail and a Yellow bittern walking in the mangroves, staying there for quite a long time.
Ate Maia and Kuya Jops (WBCP Members) finally arrived, with a van of GMA. I was a bit confused why it was GMA, not TV5, well I really didn’t care. We showed them the Barred Rail and Yellow Bittern, while Ate Maia was busy being interviewed. Some cars came in with some more WBCP members and the Journalism students with their Professor. They are quite short and enthusiastic, they were given they’re binoculars and an orientation, which reminds me of my first guided birding trip. Once Mike arrived, the cameras were all focused on him. We then found a few Chestnut Munias in the tall grass.
The UP students rarely took notice of me, the only time they did was when I spotted some Black-crowned Night Herons fly behind them. I would’ve liked to guide them, actually someday I wish to head a Guided Birding Trip, maybe in a few years I would :-). I feel a bit of comfort in teaching people about birds; I feel happy when they feel enthusiastic about seeing a bird that I have seen hundreds of times. I would someday want to actually inspire someone to bird as a hobby, like what happened to me before. Memories :-). But they didn’t really need me there since Kuya Jops was there, and he does have more experience.
The rain kept pouring, while me and Tristan (Cousin) went further in LPPCHEA, while the UP students kept astonishing over the White-collared Kingfishers. I loved their surprised and happy faces, wishing that I was there, talking about the magnificent, blue Kingfisher to them. While there we found a lot of White-collared Kingfishers and a black bird flying right at the corner of my eye that Tristan confirmed was an Asian Glossy Starling. I could hear the calls of Striated Grassbirds in the distance, while we found a currently empty nest on a tree.
We were returning to the where the others were when a van, which Kuya Mike explained as the van of TV5, came to us and asked us if we were cousins competing on the length of our life lists. True enough we were, so we said yes, then they said we might be videoed for the show of Sharon Cuneta called “Sharon”. I was so happy I could throw up while they asked for my number.
When we got back, my family was there to pick me up later, after birding. I told everyone the good news, and while conversing with the other birders my umbrella went inside out, and we all had a good laugh of it :-D. Once we were ready to leave, that was the only time I noticed I was soaking wet.
Once we left the place, I was glad to be out of the rain, but still craved to go back to bird. I really want to be part of the Trips Committee or the Education and Training Committee once I got enough experience. In a few years or maybe sooner, you would see me guiding Newbies and being interviewed ;-).
- Little Egret
- Black-crowned Night Heron
- Pacific Swallow
- Barred Rail
- Yellow Bittern
- White-collared Kingfisher
- Chestnut Munia
- Asian Glossy Starling