Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Bird Watch at North Thailnd - Day 1

I like to visit North of Thailand during the winter period, cooling weather is one big attraction to get away from the hot & humid weather back in Singapore. This is also the best season of bird watching where we get to see both the resident as well as the migratory birds.
Khao soi
Once we leave airport, we head straight for our lunch. Khao soi is one food that I will not miss whenever come to this part of Thailand as it is only available here.
I have ice-cream waffle as dessert before drive south to Ban Hong for our Day 1 birding.
Asian Brown Flycatcher
As soon as we arrived at the car park, this flycatcher perch just on top of us.
Ashy Wood Swallow
There are also quite a number of Ashy Wood Swallow and they fly quite low so I took a flight shot of it.
After waiting about 30 minutes, there are some movement in the bush. Can you see what is moving in the bush?
Green Peafowl
Yes is Green Peafowl and more of them appear.
Green Peafowl
Their appearance is just slightly different from the Indian Blue Peafowl that I cam across. Other than their colour, Green Peafowl also have yellow facial that not present in Blue Peafowl.
Green Peacock
This Peacock put up a good show. He show his beautiful tail for solid 30 minutes!
Green Peacock
After stop for few minutes, the peacock continue is show before disappear in the bush back to the forest.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Black Eared Kite Village

My last leg of oversea birding is the Black Eared Kite Village not far from Khao Yai National Park on our way to the airport to catch our flight home to Singapore.
Black Eared Kite
 Huge statue at the entrance of the village. Will I get to see this endemic kite of Thailand?
House Sparrow
 Saw these House Sparrow
Asian Pied Starling  (Gracupica contra)
 Asian Pied Starling are quite common here.
Pond Heron
 Still no sign of the kite but we saw this Pond heron.
plaintive cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)
 A plaintive cuckoo perched on top pf the sprinkler.
Plain prinia
 Plain prinia call out loudly, so not easy to miss.
strawberry finch (Amandava amandava)
 Very bright colour Red Avadavat or strawberry finch.
Purple heron
 Purple heron on a very nice background.
 Great Egret
  Great Egret is fishing patiently in the paddy field.
red-wattled lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
 Red-wattled lapwing
little cormorant (Microcarbo niger)
 Still no sign of the kite but got this food in mouth shot of the little cormorant
Black Eared Kite (Milvus lineatus)
 Finally get to see the Black Eared Kite.
Black Eared Kite

Black Eared Kite
 There are so many of them!
Black Kite
Among all the Black Eared Kites there are Black Kite too! With this beautiful shot, is time to catch our flight. This conclude my oversea birding trip in 2017. Hope for another great birding experience in 2018!