Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 30, 2012

Ba Vi National Park Birding

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Vuon Quoc Gai Ba Vi, North Vietnam.

I bought a motor-bike in Hanoi, a Honda Win. 100cc of pure power. Oh actually it might even be 110cc. I was really freaking out about driving out of Hanoi but it was not that bad at all. I started off at 5am and just followed my map and I was out of there relatively easily.

White-throated Bulbul
White-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus flaveolus) juvenile

The funny part was that I got lost out in the country side. I went to the wrong resort because people were telling me it was Ba Vi but it wasn’t. Eventually I got some correct directions and found the national park.

grasshopper
Grasshopper

I went for a walk after I found a room in a hideously expensive guest house – $20. Ran into some more Sooty-headed Bulbuls. They are everywhere I go. Well, some kind of bulbul is.

Grey-throated Babbler
Grey-throated Babbler (Stachyris nigriceps)

It was pretty dark in the afternoon so I had to use flash on some of these shots.

gary come home
Snail

This snail was crawling out of the jungle. Check out his smile. He looks a lot like Gary, Spongebob Squarepant’s pet. I also saw a couple of Red-crowned Barbet (Megalaima rafflesii), but the photos are crap.

Grey Treepie
Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae)

There were a bunch of Grey Treepie who were hanging out with a few Red-billed Blue-magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) amongst the pine trees. It was so dark. arghhh.

sunset
Sunset

And another day is over.

White-throated Redstart
White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus shisticeps) female

The next morning I rode the bike up the mountain and stopped at some places along the road where there was a bit of light getting in.

Black-and-yellow Broadbill
Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)

There were quite a few birds around but it was really difficult to photograph them because there were clouds coming in and blanketing the whole area in fog.

Scarlet Minivet
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus)

This is the female Scarlet Minivet.

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia (Mesia argentauris)

After my morning birding I packed my bags and headed up the road, through some mountains, villages and dirt roads to Hoa Binh, which is south of Ba Vi.

Ba Vi Bird List

Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)
White-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus flaveolus) juvenile
Grey-throated Babbler (Stachyris nigriceps)
Red-crowned Barbet (Megalaima rafflesii)
Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae)
Red-billed Blue-magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha)
White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus shisticeps) female
Silver-eared Mesia (Mesia argentauris)
Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus)

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