As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Various rare birds spotted in Candaba

Published January 20, 2016 4:23pm

On the early morning of January 9 in Bahay Pare, Candaba, Pampanga, Robert Hutchinson, an experienced birder and a co-author of "A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of the Philippines," was peering through his spotting scope at the thousands of waterfowl paddling and feeding in a plant-overgrown pond when he caught sight of something special.

The bold facial pattern of creamy yellow and bottle-green swirls and black and white curves gave Hutchinson no doubt as to the identity of the creature he was looking at amid the thick mats of aquatic plants that morning: A male Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) still sporting its breeding colors.

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