Common Moorhen

Nice Tagum City Nature Park, Common Moorhen Spotted

Birdwatching in Tagum City

Tagum City is a standout amongst the most dynamic urban communities in Davao del Norte, Philippines. It is likewise a standout amongst the best places to investigate and watch untamed life. Diverse flying creature species can be found here and birdwatching is an absolute necessity on the off chance that you visit Tagum city.


Saturday is church day for my family, yet once in a while, we go through Sabbath with God’s creation itself.

It was nearly early afternoon when we travel our way to an adjacent nature park here in Tagum City, Philippines.

Huyong-huyong Nature Park is an astounding spot to encounter nature, it is no common park you would typically anticipate.

The park is loaded with excellent plants, blooms, and shockingly tall trees. Be that as it may, the most striking bit of the place is the huge swamp or marsh right at the middle, a very good place for birdwatching.

Rain began pouring when we arrived, and we went directly to a gazebo with an incredible view of the marsh.

We were then welcomed by a couple of chestnut munias twittering in the rain. We likewise see a white-collared kingfisher on a branch of a dead tree at the right portion of the marsh.

Huyong-huyong Nature Park
They love the place at first sight. Xam wants to get in the water. Max is eagerly asking if he can go boating.
Chest-nut Munia
A Chest-nut Munia couple guarding their nest inside the shrub.

The kids were already having a great time watching the munias when a waterfowl came out of nowhere. My son Max said it’s a duck. Me speculating suggested that possibly it’s waterhen.

Yes, it’s a type of waterhen, but more specifically what we found is a Common Moorhen. It was such a joyful experience being able to see this ever joyful creature searching for water delights on and in the water.

Common Moorhen
Look, it’s a duck! No, it’s waterhen. Actually, it’s a Common Moorhen.

The Common Moorhen

The Common Gallinule or Moorhen swims like a duck and walks atop floating vegetation like a rail with its long and slender toes. This boldly marked rail has a brilliant red shield over the bill and a white racing stripe down its side. It squawks and whinnies from thick cover in marshes and ponds, peeking in and out of vegetation. This species was formerly called the Common Moorhen and is closely related to moorhen species in the Old World. (Source:

Photography Gears

The camera that I used is the Sony a6000 and the lens is secondhand but a very affordable and capable Sigma 400mm APO lens.

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