Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hairy Hodgson's Frogmouth

Anyone have any idea if the "hairy" head have any other purpose other than help in camouflage? I was wondering if the hairy feather on the head is use as a mosquito net to prevent insect from getting near their eyes? Or act as sensor to pin point the location of the insect and help them in hunting? 
 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)

 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)

 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)

 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)
Frogmouth are known to good in camouflaging. When they stay motionless, is hard to spot them if you don't know their exact location. This made them vulnerable and give the insect an opportunity to attack their eyes.
 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)
An insect managed to bypass the hairy head and landed on the left eye of the frogmouth. What do you think?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hodgson's Frogmouth 7/24 Parenting

I've been wanted to see a frogmouth for a very long long time. There are no frogmouth in Singapore as it was extinct long ago. So, I decided to try my luck oversea. I made a 2nd trip to Thailand in 2014. 

Is my lucky year I guess, I saw not just one but 6  Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni) all together at Doi Pak Hom Pok National Park. During nesting, both male & female will take turn to incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, and the female will take over at night. In order to see both, I will have to visit the forest at night to look at the female bird. 
 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)
Female appear larger in size & are browner/redder compare to male. Photo on top is a female frogmouth sitting on the nest.
 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)
 During the day, the male frogmouth will take over the duty.
 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)
Likewise for another pair of  Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni) that I saw. Female looking after the nest at night.
 Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)
When I visit in the day, is the male that was sitting on the nest.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Northern Thailand Trip Day 4

Day 4 - 20 January 2014

We are moving further north to a lake near Chiang Saen for some migratory birds. I'm targeting a duck and was told that this is a very rare duck and if we do see it, it will be the first record for Thailand!
Chiang Sean, Thailand
I know I'm near my destination when I saw this sign.
Chiang Sean, Thailand
It was still very misty when I arrived at Chiang Saen. Just like this moment when the sun slowly rise behind the misty bridge. We will be using a boat to explore this lake later.
Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnia malabarica)
While waiting, I walk around the area and saw this pair of Chestnut-tailed Starling.
Grey wagtail
Haha... wagtail of the roof!
Purple Swamphen
Hiding in the thick vegetation, this purple swamp hen was looking for his breakfast.
Common Coot
It is still rather misty when I saw this Common Coot.
Common Pochard(Aythya ferina)
Common Pochard
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Bingo! After some search, we spotted our target. This is the first record for Thailand - Long-tailed Duck. I must be very lucky to be able to see this first time visitor of Thailand.
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
Comparing with the Long-tailed duck, this Ruddy Shelduck was quite comfortable with us and allow us to move near for a decent shot.
Grey Heron
A flock of Grey Heron
Thick-billed Warbler ( Iduna aedon)
Saw this Thick-billed Warbler near the car park before we move to another birding spot that was about 2 hour drive from Chiang Saen... (to be continued)