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June 22, 2012

Kanchanaburi Birding

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The Bridge on the River Kwai.

A couple of mini-vans later and three hundred baht poorer, I arrived at Kanchanaburi and proceeded to the Bridge on the River Kwai to have a look.

Bridge over the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai

I rented a push-bike for a couple of days and rode into town and on the way stopped in at the war cemetery where I paid my respects to the diggers who lost their lives building the railway.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Later on, I found some nice butterflies so I thought I might have a go photographing them with the 50mm lens. I was quite pleased and surprised at the result.

butterfly
butterfly

Here is the side on view. I thought I should put it in seeing as I got both views.

butterfly
butterfly

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

This Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was flying around in a tree with some fruit near my bungalow. He was flitting around really quickly so it was difficult to get a decent shot.

Pied Fantail
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

There were a few Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) in the reeds near the river. I have been trying to get a decent shot since Krabi. Still not quite there though.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

At first I thought this was a Lineated Barbet, but after a good look, no it is a Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala).

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)

Still have not quite got an excellent shot of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) yet but here is a few of them up a tree. I will keep trying.

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

This one gave me a real head-ache trying to figure out what it was. At first I thought it was a cisticola, bush-warbler, or a reed-warbler – but it did not have any stripey bits on the head or back. Then I looked at rufescent prinia but it was not red enough. Grey-breasted Prinia? Cannot see the grey breast. I finally worked out that it was a Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) . Whew!

Red-collared Dove
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

There are heaps of Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) around here.

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)a has black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. Therefore it is a non-breeding Little Egret. I also saw from a distance what I thought might have been a few Chinese Pond-heron (Ardeola bacchus). They are seen in Kanchanaburi. But this were definitely not ones. So strike that one. Very late in the afternoon I saw what I thought was some type of cuckoo. Was it a Large Hawk-cuckoo, but nooo, it was a female Asian Koel. doh!

Bird list for Kanchanaburi

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Greater Coucal
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Common Myna
White-vented Myna
Zebra Dove
Red-wattled Lapwing
Brown-throated Sunbird
Asian Koel

Kanchanaburi bird resources

Kanchanaburi Bird Checklist

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