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June 29, 2012

Thailand Overview

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Birding in Thailand.

I thought I might do an overview of my month in Thailand taking photos of birds now that it is coming to an end. I started off down the south in Krabi, which was a bit of a disappointment. There were great mudflats and mangroves but they were mostly empty of birds. The only decent photo I got was of this Common Tailorbird.

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird

Then it was on to Ao Nang which was a bit of a dud too. Phang Nga was a bit better with lots more birds, the highlights being Dark-necked Tailorbird and Red-throated Tailorbird. There were no tourists there too which was a refreshing change.

Red-throated Barbet
female Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos)

The best thing about Ranong was this male Brown-throated Sunbird, which obliged by perching on a wire and staying there in the sun while I took some great photos.

Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)

Koh Chang was a welcome stop by the beach where I saw lots and lots of Brahminy Kites and finally got a decent shot of an Oriental Pied Hornbill.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Further north, Prachuap Khiri Khan was an unexpected gem with more shore birds than I had seen in Thailand thus far – Little Tern, Black-naped Tern, Little Heron, Pacific Reef Egret. And this gem, the Indian Roller.

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

Next stop, Kanchanaburi and the Bridge on the River Kwai. There were quite a few nice birds by the river near my guest house, including Red-backed Flowerpecker, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Pied Fantail and Plain Prinia.

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Ayutthaya has lots of old ruins and heaps of great birds scattered around the ponds beyond the old city canals. I saw some great birds, the most memorable being the Coppersmith Barbet. They were everywhere presenting themselves in the sun for some great photos.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

Another old city ruins at Sukhothai, still heading north. There were not many birds here, but they made up for it in quality, yielding a White-browed Crake and Spotted Owlet.

Spotted Owlet
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)

Then I headed off to Chiang Mai and Doi Mae Salong which yielded nothing. doh! Here is the complete list for Thailand.

Bird List for thailand

Zebra Dove/Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Rock Dove
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Striated Swallow (Cecropis striolata)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica tyleri)
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus)
Large-billed Crow
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster thais)
Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi)
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
Common Myna (Acidotheres tristis)
White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala)
Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)
Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos)
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
Asian Koel
Greater Coucal
Green-billed Malkoha (Rhopodytes tristis)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
Little Black Cormorant
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnomomeus)
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Little Heron (Butorides striata)
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) – dark and white morphs
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Cattle Egret
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)

Doi Mae Salong

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Northern Thailand.

Doi Mae Salong is East of Chiang Mai going towards the Burmese and Chinese borders. The town was originally settled by the 93rd Regiment of the Kuomintang Army, which escaped from China after being defeated by the Chinese Red Army after the 1949 revolution. They supported themselves by becoming the opium warlords’ henchmen. Nowadays the area grows tea and coffee.

Doi Mae Salong
Doi Mae Salong

The town is spread out along a ridge and corn is grown up and down the steep hill-sides. I would hate to have to work these corn-fields.

Grilled Parsons Nose
Barbecued Chicken

This young girl is grilling parson’s noses. I had one and I am not a fan of grilled parson’s nose. But it only cost me ten baht so who is complaining.

Hairy bug
Hairy bug

Late in the afternoon I went for a walk up the hill and all I saw was this hairy caterpillar! Well, actually I did see heaps of Eurasian Tree Sparrows and a few swallows, but that was about it. Very disappointing.

Golden Teapot
The Pagoda and the Golden Teapot

This was down in a valley. It looks a bit like Aladdin’s magic lamp to me. Weird.

Terraced Hillside
Terraced hillside

Not sure exactly what is growing here but it makes a nice pattern.

Tea Plantation
Tea

These tea plants make a nice pattern as well.

Golden Chook
The Golden Chook

I saw heaps of these huge golden chooks around. I did my research and it seems to be a symbol for the Chinese Zodiac for people born in the year of the rooster. These people are supposed to be hard-working and decisive.

Thatched Huts
Thatched Huts

There are quite a few of these huts dotting the hillsides around here. The roofs are thatched and the walls are made from split bamboo. Very cheap to make.

June 28, 2012

Muay Thai

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Thai Boxing in Chiang Mai.

I had been wanting to see a Thai Boxing match ever since I got to Thailand but did not get the opportunity to get to one until last night in Chiang Mai. I had my doubts about it being a dodgy tourist show-piece, and it turned out to be partly that.

Bow to the mat
Bowing to the mat

Before each match, the Muay Thai fighters go around the ring doing the ritual actions.

Knocked out
Knocked out!

This guy got knocked out and had blood pouring from his nose. They eventually stopped the bleeding and he got up and seemed to be all right.

Ritual Dance
Ritual dance

They had a ladies bout as well and I was quite impressed by their toughness and aggression. They did real good.

The ladies have a dig
The girls get stuck into it.

The girl in blue won the event but both of them displayed a lot of guts and determination.

Bow to the corners
Bowing to the Corners

Before the fight, the boxers go around to each corner and do this little bow to it.

Keep your guard up
His guard is well up

This guy won this bout and got in some really solid kicks. The other guy in blue kept kicking his calf muscle but it did not seem to faze him. I liked the way he kept his guard up all through the fight.

Between Rounds
between rounds

Between rounds they get a rub down and have a drink and get sponged down and then they are back into it again. All in all, I thought it was an average night. Most of the fighters got stuck into it, but I think I should have gone to see the top fighters in Bangkok and with a crowd of Thais, instead of nearly all tourists. Oh and I forgot to say that fight photography is really really difficult. Me hat goes off to the professional fight photographers and any indoor sports photographers.

June 26, 2012

Sepak Takraw

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Chiang Mai Sepak takraw.

I found a guest house in Chiang Mai called the Royal Guest House. It is anything but royal but who is complaining for five bucks a night. They have a swimming pool so I might try that when it gets a bit hot.

Serving
Serving the ball

I stopped at the park and watched some guys playing Se Puk Tra Gor, which is like volleyball except you play with your feet and head and kick a rattan ball. Well it is actually plastic I think. But originally it was made from rattan. They also play it in Malaysia, but I do not know where else they play it. It seems that it is played throughout South-east Asia and the Philippines.

Spectacular Spike
Spiking the bal upside down

One guy throws the ball to the server, who kicks it over the net and the other side has to return it. I have a feeling that the rules are exactly like volleyball but you cannot touch the ball with your hands.

Serving at Sepak Takraw
The other side serving

Return of Serve
Get it over the net

Sepak Takraw
A spectacular spike

June 25, 2012

Sukhothai Birding

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More ruined cities.

From one ruined city to another. Ayutthaya and Sukhothai both have these very old ruined cities with lots of stupas and statues of Budha and lots of bricks falling over from walls. This afternoon I rented a bicycle and pedalled around the park looking for birds. I found a few good ones, but there were not a lot of birds around the area like there was in Ayutthaya. But I guess this afternoon was more about quality than quantity because I photographed two new birds. Woot!

buddha
A statue of Buddha

Or Daibutsu as they say in Japan.

c3b_9025
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

These were in the same trees as Kanchanaburi amongst the fruit. They seem to like parks, gardens and cultivation areas.

Spotted Owlet
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)

The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is fairly small, only about twenty centimeters, with broad white eyebrows, spotted above on the head and yellow eyes. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this small owl. It was tiny.

White-breasted Woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)

The White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) is resident from the Andaman Islands, Wallacea, Phillipines to Australia.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

The Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) has a red forecrown, yellow head-sides and throat, and black eyestripe. The yellow patch around the eyes make this bird very distinctive and easy to identify. Except for me. I mis-identified the first one I saw. I thought it was a Red-throated Barbet. I found a sound recording of their very distinctive call.

White-browed Crake
White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)

“The White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) is a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It is found in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vanuatu.” (wikipedia).

Sooty-headed Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)

This Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi), race klossi, is showing off his beautiful red vent, which is diagnostic for this race. Actually it is supposed to be red undertail-coverts if you want to get technical.

Bird list for Sukhothai

White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
White-vented Myna
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)

Thailand Birding Resources

A good Thailand birding trip report

June 24, 2012

Ayutthaya Birding Day 2

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Pied Kingfishers Hovering.

The bikes were all locked up this morning so I had to wait until they found the key. I must say that birding on a pushbike is an excellent technique. You can get to where you are going easily, and once there you can park the bike and just walk around.

White-throated Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher (Halycon smyrnensis)

I got real excited about this bird until I realized it was a White-throated Kingfisher. I thought I had a new bird because I could not see the white front from behind. He had fish for breakfast.

Green-billed Malkohas
Green-billed Malkoha (Rhopodytes tristis)

I did not get such a good shot of this bird at Ranong and it was good to see them out in the open. I am not sure if the one on the left is a juvenile.

Streak-eared Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi)

I have been seeing a lot of bulbuls around but could not identify them because they were looking so plain. But I am pretty sure this is a Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi), possibly female or immature.

 Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) has a different method of catching fish than other kingfishers I have seen. They hover like kestrels in the one spot, and then when they spot a fish, they dive. Most other kingfishers will perch on a tree branch above a river or lake and then dive from there.

male Asian Golden Weaver
male Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)

I came across a nest near a pond and then saw the bird coming in and out of it. I thought it was a Baya Weaver at first because that was all I knew. But on consultation with Mister Robson, I ascertained that it was an Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus) because of the black sides of the head and throat. The female is very similar to the Baya Weaver.

female Asian Golden Weaver
female Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)

Here is the female making a different shaped nest. They really do weave.

 Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

I have been seeing lots of these Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) in ploughed up fields.

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

This has been an elusive bird in Thailand and I have not got a really sharp photo of these yet. The reason may be their skittishness but also because they blend in really well with their background and there is not much contrast for the auto-focus to work properly.

Javan Pond-heron
Javan Pond-heron (Ardeola speciosa)

The way to tell the non-breeding Javan Pond-heron from the Chinese Pond-heron is that the Javan Pond-heron has white outer primary tips. Whilst the non-breeding Chinese Pond-heron has dusky primary tips.

Ayutthaya Bird List

Little Egret
Javan Pond-heron
Little Black Cormorant
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halycon smyrnensis)
Greater Coucal
Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)
Cattle Egret
Red-wattled Lapwing
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Plain Prinia
Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Ayutthaya Birds

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Coppersmith Barbet Country.

I only managed to make it to Ayutthaya today. I was going to Sukhothai but the busses were not very congenial. I caught a really slow bus this morning. It took me two and a half hours to go one hundred kilometers.

Ayutthaya stupa
Old stupa

There are heaps of old buildings around here.

Elephant ride
Tourists having elephant rides

And tourists on elephants.

Little egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)

I managed to photograph a Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnomomeus) in flight and get it out of focus.

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)

There are thousands of Asian Openbills around here. Them and Cattle Egrets can be seen a lot on the rice paddies.

Zebra Doves
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata )

Javan Pond-Heron
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)

Here is a Javan Pond-heron in breeding plumage.

Black Drongo
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Asian Openbills up a tree
A tree full of Asian Openbills

Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Javan Pond-heron and Asian Openbill
Javan Pond-heron and Asian Openbill

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

Bird List Ayuthaya

Javan Pond-Heron
Red-collared Dove
Streak-eared Bulbul
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnomomeus)
Asian Openbill
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Red-wattled Lapwing
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Paddyfield Pipit (Antheus rufulus)
Black-winged Stilt
Black-crowned Night-heron
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

June 22, 2012

Kanchanaburi Birding #2

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The Bridge on the River Kwai.

This is this morning’s go. I walked along the train track for a while, then I came back and followed a road into the bush with scattered farm lands around. I was quite surprised with what I came up with.

Red-collared Dove
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

This Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) was sitting on the bridge as I walked over early in the morning.

Sooty-headed Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)

This Sooty-headed Bulbul is race klossi as it has the red vent. They have been seen in Chiang Mai, so that is a bit far away. I will see if I can find one a bit closer. Nope, cannot find anything on it online. Here is a sound recording that I found. I also photographed Pycnonotus aurigaster thais, which has a yellow vent. So it seems both are in the same area.

Sooty-headed Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster thais)

This is race thais, note the yellow vent.

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)

The Asian Openbill is in the stork family Ciconiidae. They are a non-breeding visitor to Thailand. The gap between the mandibles is diagnostic and readily apparent. Later on I saw about four Indian Rollers (Coracias benghalensis) in flight, circling high overhead with I think what looked like a Dollarbird.

Indochinese Bushlark
Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala)

This one led me a merry chase. Was it a thrush, a skylark, a bushlark. Well I am going for the Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala). The range of the Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala) extends over a large area of South-East Asia, in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

I caught this one out in the open. They are usually skulking behind branches high up or lurking near the ground.

White-vented Myna
White-vented Myna

Kanchanaburi birds

Cattle Egret
Red-wattled Lapwing
Zebra Dove
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster thais)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala)
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
White-vented Myna

Kanchanaburi Birding

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The Bridge on the River Kwai.

A couple of mini-vans later and three hundred baht poorer, I arrived at Kanchanaburi and proceeded to the Bridge on the River Kwai to have a look.

Bridge over the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai

I rented a push-bike for a couple of days and rode into town and on the way stopped in at the war cemetery where I paid my respects to the diggers who lost their lives building the railway.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Later on, I found some nice butterflies so I thought I might have a go photographing them with the 50mm lens. I was quite pleased and surprised at the result.

butterfly
butterfly

Here is the side on view. I thought I should put it in seeing as I got both views.

butterfly
butterfly

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

This Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was flying around in a tree with some fruit near my bungalow. He was flitting around really quickly so it was difficult to get a decent shot.

Pied Fantail
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

There were a few Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) in the reeds near the river. I have been trying to get a decent shot since Krabi. Still not quite there though.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

At first I thought this was a Lineated Barbet, but after a good look, no it is a Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala).

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)

Still have not quite got an excellent shot of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) yet but here is a few of them up a tree. I will keep trying.

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

This one gave me a real head-ache trying to figure out what it was. At first I thought it was a cisticola, bush-warbler, or a reed-warbler – but it did not have any stripey bits on the head or back. Then I looked at rufescent prinia but it was not red enough. Grey-breasted Prinia? Cannot see the grey breast. I finally worked out that it was a Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) . Whew!

Red-collared Dove
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

There are heaps of Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) around here.

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)a has black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. Therefore it is a non-breeding Little Egret. I also saw from a distance what I thought might have been a few Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus). They are seen in Kanchanaburi. But this were definitely not ones. So strike that one. Very late in the afternoon I saw what I thought was some type of cuckoo. Was it a Large Hawk-cuckoo, but nooo, it was a female Asian Koel. doh!

Bird list for Kanchanaburi

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Greater Coucal
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Myna
White-vented Myna
Zebra Dove
Red-wattled Lapwing
Brown-throated Sunbird
Asian Koel

Kanchanaburi bird resources

Kanchanaburi Bird Checklist

June 20, 2012

Prachuap Khiri Khan Birds

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Thailand Birding.

I took 446 photos today. That is the most I have taken on my trip. I am usually very conservative to make sure I have enough disk space and battery left if I see a new bird at the end of the shoot. It has taken me all day to process these photos. Whew! I am knackered.

Pacific Reef Egret - dark morph
Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)

I saw both morphs of the Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) today – white and dark. Do they usually hang around together? I have often seen both morphs in the same area on the same day. Dark morph has yellow eye, yellow tip of bill and yellow feet. So does the white morph.

Little Heron
Little Heron (Butorides striata)

Quite a few Litte Herons were hanging around near the oyster leases on the river. This one was looking for a feed on the beach near some rocks.

White-vented Myna
White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis)

The adult White-vented Myna has “Yellow bill, tufted crest, reddish eyes and uniform slaty-black plumage with white undertail-coverts…” (Robson).

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

I think the Thai ones are different to the ones we have in Australia. Will have a good look at that question. I just had a look at one of my photos from home. The Aussie ones have a black patch at the back of the head. It seems the taxonomy is a contentious issues. Some people contend that there should be 5 distinct species. Our Australian White-headed Stilt is Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus. Robson has them as separate species. Breeding males of Himantopus himantopus himantopus have a pure white head. These ones seem to be breeding males.

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

Checking range for the Black-naped Tern in Thailand. They were seen south of here at Koh Phi Phi. Yep, according to Avibase they are seen in Prachuap. They have a very defined nape band of black in breeding plumage, with black bill and legs.

 Little Tern
Little Tern (Sternula albirfrons)

In breeding plumage, the Little Tern has a yellow bill with black tip, and a well defined forehead white patch. Non-breeding Little Terns have a black bill and indistinct forehead line.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

Lapwings are pretty unmistakeable. The Red-wattled Lapwing has a black head with a white patch behind the eye, and a red patch or wattle in front of the eye.

 Red-collared Dove
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

Is it one of these? I will look up the internet to see if there have been any sightings around here in Thailand. Yes they have been seen in Thailand so that is good. The male Red-collared Dove has the russet back, whilst the female’s back is mostly brownish. Are the Red-collared Dove and the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) both seen in the same area? These are seen here. Both are seen here. So I did see both of them.

Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

I saw the Blue-tailed Bee-eater yesterday so I was hoping to get a shot of one of them but I saw this one instead.

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

“Indian Roller is a common bird throughout Thailand and seems to favour drier country although it will also be found in smaller numbers in wetland areas”. (Nick Upton).

Prachuap Khiri Khan bird list

Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Little Heron (Butorides striata)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) – dark and white morphs
Little Tern (Sternula albirfrons)
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis)
Common Myna
Eurasian Tree-sparrow
Feral Pigeon
Scaly-breasted Munia
Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Thai Birding Resources

Nick Upton’s excellent birding thailand site

Birds of Thailand and Beyond blog

Oriental Bird Images – THE site for Id purposes, awesome

jasnjohn’s list for Prachuap

Pacific Reef Egret – white morph in Australia

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