Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Common Kingfisher Found In The Balili River In La Trinidad, Benguet

It is an undeniable fact that the portion of the Balili River running through the town of La Trinidad in Benguet is heavily polluted. It's strewn all over with garbage. The water is always murky and there are times it's colored black. This is not at all surprising provided that a lot of the communities living along the banks of the river have their canals directed towards the river. This is not to mention the fact that a good portion of nearby Baguio City's wastes flow directly to the Balili River.

With that said, you would think that the river will be devoid of any sort life, be it fishes or birds. Well, no matter how polluted the river is, it seems there are still fishes and birds that call the river home. Sammy Paran, a La Trinidad resident who has an office near the river has taken the video that you are about to see featuring a colorful common kingfisher hunting for fish among the garbage-ridden river.

The bird with its rather colorful plumage can be seen standing on a rock, flying nearby, and then coming back with a small fish stuck within its beak. For environmentalists and advocates of the movement calling for the revitalization of the Balili River, the video makes for a great source of encouragement if not inspiration. There's still hope for the river, so it seems.

The common kingfisher. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.