Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

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

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