This January, 24 individuals of the globally endangered Black-faced Spoonbills (Platalea minor) were recorded feeding and resting along the tidal flats and mangrove areas of Barangay Taliptip in Manila Bay North of the city of Manila. This is the largest number of Black-faced Spoonbills ever recorded in the Philippines.
The sighting was part of the annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) which in the Philippines is conducted collaboratively by Wetlands International Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP).
Endangered Black-faced Spoonbills flying in Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan, Bulacan, the Philippines on January 11, 2020, during the annual Asian Waterbird Census. The birds were later found resting on a mudflat at the edge of an old mangrove forest, along with thousands of other migratory birds
(Photo by Jasmin Meren)