Thursday, March 29, 2012

Birding at Bung Boraphet, Thailand

Bung Boraphet is a man made reservoir originating from a natural basin situated close to the city of Nakhon Sawan, where the two rivers, Mae Nam Nan and Mae Nam Ping meet. During wet season, the size can reach to 600 sq km which is very close to the size of Singapore! It is also one of the biggest wetland in Thailand.

The majority of the people living around the lake/reservoir gain their livelihood from both farming and fishing and the lake is the largest source of fishery products for central Thailand.
Bung Boraphet is also an Important Bird Areas(IBA). Birding can be done with renting a boat and explore this areaon your own pace. This place can be visited in any season but visit during birds migratory period will see more species.
Once you leave the jetty, you will be welcomed by the sea of lotus & hundreds of birds!
This pair of Black Crown Night Heron is preparing to breed.
Black Drongo perch on the vantage point looking for unlucky flying insects for breakfast.
I've lost count of the number of Darter after 5 minutes. There are so many of them!
Chinese Pond Heron taking flight when we come closer.
It can't be denied that Cotton Pygmy-Goose are very beautiful & cute!
Pheasant-Tailed Jacana is in breeding plumage too! Look at the long tail!
A very skittish Bronze Winged Jacana.
It may looks like Grey Heron but it is a Asian Openbill.
Little Cormorant is looking for food in the reservoir.
The Little Grebe.
Black Winged Stilt just look at us while we cruise pass them.
Flock of Pied Kingfisher fly pass us on the top.
A not so common Glossy Ibis.
I didn't realise that Purple Swamp Hen can actually hold their prey with their leg!
This place was badly hit by the flood last year! The water mark on the roof of the building give the indication of the seriousness of the flood.

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