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Migratory birds spotted in Bataan

MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of white migratory birds were sighted in a province in northern Luzon on Monday, a television report said Tuesday.

A report aired over GMA News' primetime newscast "24 Oras" said various kinds of egrets (tagak), seagul, and sparrow (maya) were seen in Balanga, Bataan.

The report said the birds migrate this time of the year due to extremely cold weather in their original habitat.

These birds get their food from various fisheries in the said province, the report said. Fishermen said most of these birds eat "kataba" fish.

Bird migration is a seasonal journey of birds in response to changes in weather, habitat and food availability.

Philippine authorities, however, are monitoring the entry of migratory birds as part of its intensified campaign against avian flu. - Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV