I am still in Pakse, south Laos. This morning I headed out early and crossed the bridge because I had seen what looked like a stretch of scrub on the headland where the Sedon River flows into the Mekong.
As I was crossing the bridge, I took this shot of a fisherman paddling to work.
There were a few butterflies around but not as many as I have seen in other places. There is another one in the background hovering. To me it looks like a huge bat.
There were a whole heap of birds feeding on the grass near a drain and I thought they were white-rumped munia (Lonchura striata). The White-rumped Munia is found in the tropical areas of continental Asia, from India and Sri Lanka, through Nepal and Bangladesh and into Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and southern China. But it weren’t them. They were Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata).
Juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) are “Paler and plain above, slightly buffish drab brown below, lower mandible paler than upper” (Robson).