Along the Nam Ou River.
It was raining early this morning so I had a late start and walked along the river-side here at Nong Khiaw. I did not expect to see very much but as you can see by the number of photos, I took heaps of pictures.
They are resident in South and South-west China so I am thinking this is a good bet to be a Crimson Sunbird seeing China is so close. They have a red head, mantle and upper breast. with an iridescent green crown and tail and greyish belly. (Robson) This one definitely had a grey-streaked belly.
I have been noticing the whitish rump on the Sooty-headed Bulbuls lately, probably because they are always flying away from me. doh! They also have greyish underparts. And of course the black cap and cheeks. I also saw a few Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus).
And Butterflies, etc
I guess this is a Bumble Bee or something very similar to it. He was very quick on each flower, sucking just a little bit of pollen and then moving on straight away.
There were heaps of butterflies along the road. I am not putting them all up but here are the ones I liked best.
This is not the sharpest shot but shows the blue patches on the wings the best.
This one was very striking and I followed it around for ages trying to get a clear shot of it. It looks like a traffic sign. “Warning! Danger Ahead!”
And this butterfly was totally white. The veins in the wings looked way cool.
I really liked the palette of this butterfly.