Candaba Swamp

Candaba, Pampanga

Candaba Swamp is located in the Candaba, Pampanga municipality, 60 km northeast of Manila in the Philippines. It encompasses about 32,000 ha, made of freshwater ponds, swamps and marshes surrounded by seasonally flooded grasslands.

The entire area becomes submerged underwater during the wet season. It dries out during the months of November to April. Then the swamp is converted to ...

farmland by the locals. Watermelon and rice are usually planted, comprising the vegetation of the flood plain, together with patches of Nipa palm and some mangrove species.

The Candaba swamp also acts as a natural flood retention basin during the rainy season. It holds the overflow from five smaller rivers (Maasim, San Miguel, Garlang, Bulu and PeƱaranda), then drains into the larger Pampanga River.

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  • DENR To Public Protect Wetland Areas In Central Luzon

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged the public to protect wetland areas in Central Luzon that serve as habitat of migratory birds from other countries during October to March.

    DENR Central Luzon Director Francisco Milla said wetlands are critical parts of the natural environment and ecological system.

    These areas include Angat Dam in Bulacan, Pantabangan and Paitan Lake in Nueva Ecija, Puerto Rivas in Bataan, Uacon Lake in Zambales, Canarem Lake in Tarlac and Candaba Swamp in Pampanga.

    "Wetlands provide countless ecosystem services and benefits to loca ...

  • Haribon Leads Quest For The Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill

    Haribon Leads Quest For The Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill

    Environmental group Haribon Foundation marked its first birdwatching activity this year in search for the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) in the wetlands of Candaba, Pampanga.

    The Black-faced Spoonbill is a long-legged wading migratory bird with a white plumage, black face and an elongated spoon-shaped bill. The IUCN red list estimates less than 4,000 Black-faced Spoonbills in 2017 worldwide. They are recorded as Endangered due to foreseen rapid population decline over the next years because of habitat loss.

    "The Black-faced spoonbill has been seen many times in Candaba ...

  • Cant Daba

    Cant Daba

    It had to happen. The day we were going to Candaba it rained heavily the night before. Which meant muddy roads to the mayor's house. So goodbye to the White-shouldered Starlings, Purple Herons and Marsh Harrier. We can't go there anymore for fear of being stuck in the mud.

  • Fewer Migratory Birds Seen At Candaba Swamp This Year

    Fewer Migratory Birds Seen At Candaba Swamp This Year

    Water birds, which took refuge from the cold Siberian winds in two spots at the Candaba Swamp here, number only 1,449, the lowest recorded migration rate since 2010, according to the combined tally made on Saturday by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the 2018 Asian Waterbird Census (AWC).

    Migratory fowls normally make the trip to the swamp from October to February.

    "For the first time, I did not use a calculator to count the birds," said Mike Lu, a WBCP executive committee member, when he joined the recent tab ...

  • Asian Waterbird Census 2018 Set In Candaba

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon Region and the Wild Birds Club of the Philippines are set to hold the Asian Waterbird Census 2018 in this town on Saturday, January 13.

    The Asian Waterbird Census will be held at the Candaba Swamp, which serves as an important staging and wintering area for ducks and other threatened water birds from the northern hemisphere.

    The census aims to give a platform for bird experts and enthusiasts to study and list the kinds of migratory and wild fowls which take refuge in the 30,000-hectare marshland during specific t ...

  • New Migratory Birds Seen In Pampanga

    New Migratory Birds Seen In Pampanga

    Bird lovers, watchers, conservationists, and probably to a certain degree, hunters: attention.

    Eleven new migratory birds have been sighted in various parts of Pampanga, according to Juanita Santos-Ancheta, a well-known Kapampangan conservationist and bird photographer.

    Ancheta revealed the new fowl migrants as the Siberian white tail, Chinese white wagtail, grey-faced buzzard, common kestoel, Chinese goshaw, red jungle fowls, brown shrike, brown-breasted kingfisher, common kingfisher, Artic babbler and grey wagtail.

    These birds could mostly be found in Asia and Europe, particularly i ...