Candaba Bird Sanctuary
Candaba Bird Sanctuary
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Cynthia K
Manila, Philippines310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
The Candaba Bird Sanctuary is about an hour and a half drive from Manila and is always a sure spot to see the endemic Philippine Duck. In addition to the Philippine Duck, the visitor can also see various waders during migration season (September-March) such as Eurasian wigeons, pintails, garganeys, wood and common sandpipers and little ringed plovers. For sure, the visitor will get a glimpse of the Pied bush chat, the wandering whistling duck, little grebe, white breasted water hen, white browed crake, barred rail, night herons, yellow and cinnamon bitterns, and if lucky, the black bittern and purple swamp hen. Sometimes, the birds are far out and you may need a spotting scope to see them. The roads getting into the swamp are narrow and unpaved so better bring a sturdy vehicle. There are also no food stores and restrooms inside the swamp. Bring your water bottles and some snacks. Whatever is lacking in facilities is more than made up for by the bountiful birds to be seen and enjoyed.
Written February 8, 2015
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Appa-Chame
Bulacan Province, Philippines41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
way back years ago, this place is already protected for the migratory birds. unfortunately, this place was set aside. few bird enthusiasts visit the place. and also, migratory birds are not that many as before. not maintained well. hopefully, bird hunters are still prohibited in the area.
Written January 24, 2017
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Douglas B
Ornex, France288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
To make the most of Candaba it is best to be a 'birder' and to be prepared. There are some blogs of non-birders who have enjoyed it but ... It is not a developed wetland as some might have experienced in other countries with hides, etc. but rather a collection of ponds and marshes among the rice fields.

Get there early just after sunrise - private vehicle is best (Wild Bird Club of the Philippines can help with directions). Have hat, sunblock, binoculars and, if possible, spotting scope - most Philippine birds are shy due to hunting. We went at a time when the roads had dried up so could drive even down the 'irrigation roads'. If it is the wet season, the roads into the wildlife area may be impassable by car.

Some waders were visible in the rice fields on the main road. We had to drive quite far in (to the 'Mayor's pond) to see ducks - Philippine, pintail, shoveller, whistling. There were plenty of other birds to see along the route there.

By later morning, midday it is quite hot and most people make just a half-day of it (and it takes longer to get home with the later traffic). Take your own drinks and snacks. Best enjoyed in the company of other birders especially if you not familar with waterbirds.
Written December 7, 2015
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Davis H
Seattle, WA40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I visited Candaba Bird Sanctuary several years ago and saw many good birds there. When I tried to visit again in November 2022, I found the access road to be badly damaged and not passable in a normal car. It seems that large trucks have used the dirt road in wet conditions and the road has not been repaired. We had to turn back in disappointment.
Written December 1, 2022
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KingBee32
Pasig, Philippines790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
The sancturary is full of migratory brids, and is fun to watch and count the species. Bring a telescope or long camera lens as its hard to see the birds. No food there, so bring your own food and water
Written June 2, 2015
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frog2534
Chicago, IL45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
We saw an amazing variety of birds - probably 50+ species!! Luckily, it was dry season and we had a private driver who was able to drive us far into the area before the "road" (high ground between the paddies) got too rough/holey. We walked a ton but it was so worth it to see so many great birds! Highlights: Philippines Duck, over 400 Grey Herons, 5 types of Egrets, Warblers, Doves, Blue-Tailed Bee Eater, Paddyfield Pipits, and so many more! Probably only exciting to serious birders. Wear good shoes and bring binoculars! There are no facilities. Bring your own water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and tissues (if you decide to "water the plants").
Written January 3, 2018
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enjoyfunlovetravels
Canada364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Candaba Bird Sanctuary is nice to see for those who really wanted to be in nature.I can say that the place is an attraction in Baliuag.One of the best spot in the hometown of Baliuag aside from their Church.
Written December 31, 2015
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Rhino R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The area is very accessible and good to see, many birds come to the place for migration during a particular season.
Written July 13, 2022
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trainerstone
Philippines via Chicago141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
I'm not really into watching birds. My friends really enjoyed it. There are migratory birds from Mongolia, China, and Russia that come here for the winter. Saw a lot of egrets, Bring binoculars.
Written December 1, 2012
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