Vang Vieng Birding.
After a horrendous trip in a cramped, expensive mini-van, during which time the radiator boiled because of a split pipe, we finally arrived in Vang Vieng, almost at the capital of Laos, Vientiane. This morning I trudged off early over the river and headed towards the cliffs.
Unfortunately the track turned into a muddy quagmire so I was forced to divert around a field but still had to slop through mud up past my ankles. Eventually I got near to the cliffs, only to be confronted by a rickety bamboo pole bridge, over which I had to cross or go back through all the mud.
I did manage to reach the bridge coming from the Vang Vieng Resort, at which I was mightily relieved not to have to go back and repeat the earlier extreme adventures.
The Stripe-throated Bulbul has yellow streaks on the fore-crown, ear coverts, throat and upper breast, and also has a yellow vent similar to the Yellow-vented Bulbul.
Dragonflies and Butterflies
I am just making up these names of these butterflies etc. I hope you realise this. This dragonfly was in a stream coming out of the mountain and the water was crystal clear. A good place for a swim. Maybe later on this afternoon.
I think this one is a moth. It is all fluffy around the head. That is what my assumption is based upon.
These were massive butterflies, I was calling them schwarzers, mainly because there are some German guys staying next door.
Heaps of these were flittering around the garden at the guest house.
Vang Vieng bird list
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Striated Swallow (Cecropis striolata)
Laos Resources for Birding