|The Koro Bangkal-Magbikin open the festivities with their|
The WBCP contingent of 9 volunteers were at the Balanga Wetland Park early Friday morning to setup and prepare the different activities we would be conducting: coloring activities, bird origami, lectures, and of course, birdwatching. Even with our small group, assisted by the very friendly and ever-helpful people from Balanga, we were able to entertain a lot of people going through the festival activities.
|Babie (in brown) help in the bird origami booth|
|Trisha, from Balanga City Hall, was super helpful|
at the coloring booth
|The kids really enjoyed the activities!|
|We got really serious young artists that morning!|
We attended part of the opening ceremonies before heading to our different stations: some of us stayed at the origami and coloring stations, the others manned the scopes on the view deck, and Tinggay single-handedly conducted the lectures. After the first "wave" of guests passed through, I decided to help Arnel and Jops at the view deck. Jops had brought a small class from Manila out on the mudflats so Arnel and I took charge of the birdwatching on the deck.
|Arnel guiding very interested students on the deck|
|Jops (with the scope) with the high school students coming|
back from their walk on the mudflats
|This was the group of rowdy boys who, when a group of same-aged girls |
arrived, danced on cue when I told them to give way for the girls
and be "gentlemen" =P
|That's me talking to a little boy about the Little Egret we were|
observing through the scope.
Photo by Jayce Japlit
It was one of the most enjoyable activities I've joined and rediscovered the joy in guiding. Of course, the awesome view deck and low tide also helped make it even more funner to guide, giving us shade from the sun and a perfect position for scanning the birds. I've missed Balanga and it was really great to be back =)
|Team Balanga having lunch with Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia (standing)|
and City Administrator Rudy de Mesa (lower left)
Photo by Tinggay Cinco
Coming up next... Balanga mudflat birding!