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    Posted January 7, 2014 by
    Pagbilao, Quezon, Philippines
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    Endangered wild ducks find home near coal-fired power plant


    A number of Philippine Ducks (Anas Luzonica) are regularly sighted in Pagbilao, Quezon near a coal-fired power plant owned by TeaM Energy Corporation.

    According to the DENR website, the Philippine duck is the country’s only endemic duck. It is a large dabbling or surface-feeding bird. They are found in wetland habitats in both freshwater and saltwater such as mangroves, rice fields and the open sea. It mainly feeds on shrimp, fish, insects and rice.

    The Philippine duck is considered to be endangered. In 1993, its population was projected at 10,000-100,000, but fewer than 10,000 ducks were thought to remain by 2002. There may be 5,000 or fewer Philippine ducks alive today.

    The decline in its population is blamed on hunting and trapping and the destruction of its natural habitat due to pollution and the conversion of natural wetlands and mangroves into fish ponds and other aquacultures.

    To date, the Philippine duck is sighted in areas that maintain ecological balance and biodiversity and where its natural habitat is protected and preserved.

    (photos courtesy of Therma Luzon, Inc.)

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