Balanga Wetland and Nature Park
Last Friday, we decided to go birding in a different place and drove out to Balanga Wetland and Nature Park in Balanga, Bataan. The park has been the site of the Philippine Bird Festival; the tenth one was held on December 9-11, 2015. The trip took us almost three hours because of the heavy traffic at the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and random slowdowns throughout the journey, plus Waze made us go down another, more crowded and narrower road instead of Roman Expressway. Roman might have gotten us to the park more than a half hour earlier than we did, so we’ll be sure to take that road next time.
The path heading to the park cuts through various neighborhoods, and the street gets narrower as you get closer to the place. When we arrived, we saw a modest beach area with a few huts and some structures where you can hang out and view the birds.
There were quite a number of birds, mostly terns, egrets, and other shorebirds. You just have to know where and how to spot them, and of course, you need binoculars and spotting scopes to really see them better. The viewing decks were located rather a bit too far from the shore, ideal for observing the birds from a distance, but not the best if you want to take good pictures.
The entire place itself is fairly modest. Don’t expect any food and souvenir shops, or maybe we just got there a little late. Birders in particular will enjoy viewing all the shorebirds. Head over there with food, folding chairs, a book, music, and take a walk along the beach, and you could have yourself a good day.