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June 20, 2012

Prachuap Khiri Khan Birds

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Thailand Birding.

I took 446 photos today. That is the most I have taken on my trip. I am usually very conservative to make sure I have enough disk space and battery left if I see a new bird at the end of the shoot. It has taken me all day to process these photos. Whew! I am knackered.

Pacific Reef Egret - dark morph
Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)

I saw both morphs of the Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) today – white and dark. Do they usually hang around together? I have often seen both morphs in the same area on the same day. Dark morph has yellow eye, yellow tip of bill and yellow feet. So does the white morph.

Little Heron
Little Heron (Butorides striata)

Quite a few Litte Herons were hanging around near the oyster leases on the river. This one was looking for a feed on the beach near some rocks.

White-vented Myna
White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis)

The adult White-vented Myna has “Yellow bill, tufted crest, reddish eyes and uniform slaty-black plumage with white undertail-coverts…” (Robson).

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

I think the Thai ones are different to the ones we have in Australia. Will have a good look at that question. I just had a look at one of my photos from home. The Aussie ones have a black patch at the back of the head. It seems the taxonomy is a contentious issues. Some people contend that there should be 5 distinct species. Our Australian White-headed Stilt is Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus. Robson has them as separate species. Breeding males of Himantopus himantopus himantopus have a pure white head. These ones seem to be breeding males.

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

Checking range for the Black-naped Tern in Thailand. They were seen south of here at Koh Phi Phi. Yep, according to Avibase they are seen in Prachuap. They have a very defined nape band of black in breeding plumage, with black bill and legs.

 Little Tern
Little Tern (Sternula albirfrons)

In breeding plumage, the Little Tern has a yellow bill with black tip, and a well defined forehead white patch. Non-breeding Little Terns have a black bill and indistinct forehead line.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

Lapwings are pretty unmistakeable. The Red-wattled Lapwing has a black head with a white patch behind the eye, and a red patch or wattle in front of the eye.

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

Is it one of these? I will look up the internet to see if there have been any sightings around here in Thailand. Yes they have been seen in Thailand so that is good. The male Red-collared Dove has the russet back, whilst the female’s back is mostly brownish. Are the Red-collared Dove and the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) both seen in the same area? These are seen here. Both are seen here. So I did see both of them.

Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

I saw the Blue-tailed Bee-eater yesterday so I was hoping to get a shot of one of them but I saw this one instead.

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

“Indian Roller is a common bird throughout Thailand and seems to favour drier country although it will also be found in smaller numbers in wetland areas”. (Nick Upton).

Prachuap Khiri Khan bird list

Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Little Heron (Butorides striata)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) – dark and white morphs
Little Tern (Sternula albirfrons)
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis)
Common Myna
Eurasian Tree-sparrow
Feral Pigeon
Scaly-breasted Munia
Blue-throated Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Thai Birding Resources

Nick Upton’s excellent birding thailand site

Birds of Thailand and Beyond blog

Oriental Bird Images – THE site for Id purposes, awesome

jasnjohn’s list for Prachuap

Pacific Reef Egret – white morph in Australia

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