May 11, 2010
We want Aidan and Joshua to appreciate nature as early as possible, so we went on a Bird Watching trip in Nuvali. We went with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) to check out the bird watching places in the area.
One of the most interesting bird watching sites is the colony nest of the Bee-Eater Birds. It is just right past the first security guard outpost and way before the Bird Sanctuary. There are no signs leading to it. You can spot the colony nest by looking for the holes on the side of the hill.
You can see two species -- Blue-Throated Bee-Eater and Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater -- in one colony nest (which is rare, according to Mike Lu of the WBCP).
Nuvali should be protecting this site; they could even promote it. According to Mike, the Bee-Eaters usually nest during the summer season. There was a controversy before with Joel Magsaysay of Ilog Maria because these birds allegedly eat the bees in the Ilog Maria Bee Farm.
This is one of the nice view decks with an awesome view of the grass birds and the sunset. The best time to go bird watching is at 6 am. They usually hide when the sun is out, so the next best time is during sunset.
The view deck is carefully designed and has proper information about the birds you can find around the area.
Here are the various types of birds you can find from this viewpoint:
The trail in the Bird Sanctuary is really designed for Bird Watchers. You need to be patient and to have a good spotter to see the birds.
BIRD WATCHING ESSENTIALS
Bird Watching is FREE in Nuvali. You just have to register in the Evoliving Center and to get a guide/spotter to join you during your bird watching activity. You can give a tip afterwards.
BIRD WATCHING RECOMMENDATION TO NUVALI:
Non-bird watchers might not be able to appreciate the Bird Sanctuary as much because the birds are actually hiding most of the time. As Mike Lu suggested, creating a Wetlands area would help -- like the one in Candaba, where the birds hang out and people can see them easily.
Another suggestion was to cut down a patch of grassland at a distance from the viewdeck. This way, people can see the grass birds in the open (instead of them hiding in the tall grass).
For more details on Bird Watching, visit the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines Website.
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Thanks to Mike Lu for joining us for our Bird Watching experience. :) I was hoping to include it as a side trip in one of our culinary tours of Laguna/Tagaytay. Thing is, only the Bee-Eater Colony Nest is exciting for non-Bird Watchers. I do hope Nuvali would implement Mike Lu's recommendations.