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Storks displacing egrets?

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More storks because fewer planes in the sky.

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4 minutes ago, Puwa said:

More storks because fewer planes in the sky.

The increase in storks was well before reduction in flights.  And to the OP. I would say less egrets.

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I notice a large increase in the number of rice fields in my area. It may be farmers bringing previously fallow area back ino use, but, in any case ir results in an increase in food for storks. Between Hang and Sanpatong there has been a large increae in the number of storks.

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with the lock down its only natural the storks would be more active

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Storks more active 9 months after poeple quarantined with significant other? Sorry, couldn't resist.

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I stopped this morning to talk to a farmer about this. He said that the storks are "good eaters" (กินเก่ง), meaning they get to the snails and fish in the rice fields faster, more aggressively. He also said that most farmers are using pesticides that kill fish, the egrets' preferred food. The double whammy of competing with storks and pesticides killing fish is taking its toll on the egrets, at least according to this one young farmer. 

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6 minutes ago, LawrenceN said:

the egrets' preferred food. 

Enlightening.

Rice?

 

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10 minutes ago, LawrenceN said:

The double whammy of competing with storks and pesticides killing fish is taking its toll on the egrets

Pesticides took out the fish decades ago.

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Majestic creatures. We've several ponds that, when near empty, attracted at least one huge male stork (assume male, 'cause of a few occasions he was accompanied with a smaller version...). The ponds are back full now, and I haven't recently seen the stork. But I can still hear his "afterburners of displaced air" as he takes flight -- in response to my Lab's territorial response to the intrusion on his pond.

Anyway, I enjoy the wildlife, what there is of it, out here in the sticks on Thailand. Particularly the ornery myna birds, when their oversized young squawk for a bug from mom or dad. Enjoyed this myna bird charade when I lived on Hawaii.

Sorry for thread creep.

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op...

 

The Asian open bill storks are the one species of stork in Thailand that is increasing significantly in population.

 

They benefitted greatly because of the introduced African apple snail which was shipped to farm for humans to eat. They escaped and are now a serious pest for rice farmers. Snails are this storks main food.

 

They are not displacing any other bird...even the egrets. 

 

This is because egrets and openbill storks consume totally different foods. The storms eat snails. The egrets eat insects, amphibians and small fish. 

 

Egrets here have a stable population. The storks have an increasing population.

 

The younger generations of storks are more habituated to human presence and so are less likely to fly off as generally they are not hunted for food (supposed to taste really bad), or otherwise persecuted as they are a benefit for peat control for farmers. 

 

Their occasional trampling of young rice plants is off offset by the snail control they provide. 

 

Hope that answers your questions. 

 

I am a zoologist...so hope that is knowledgeable enough for you 👍

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16 hours ago, jak2002003 said:

op...

 

The Asian open bill storks are the one species of stork in Thailand that is increasing significantly in population.

 

They benefitted greatly because of the introduced African apple snail which was shipped to farm for humans to eat. They escaped and are now a serious pest for rice farmers. Snails are this storks main food.

 

They are not displacing any other bird...even the egrets. 

 

This is because egrets and openbill storks consume totally different foods. The storms eat snails. The egrets eat insects, amphibians and small fish. 

 

Egrets here have a stable population. The storks have an increasing population.

 

The younger generations of storks are more habituated to human presence and so are less likely to fly off as generally they are not hunted for food (supposed to taste really bad), or otherwise persecuted as they are a benefit for peat control for farmers. 

 

Their occasional trampling of young rice plants is off offset by the snail control they provide. 

 

Hope that answers your questions. 

 

I am a zoologist...so hope that is knowledgeable enough for you 👍

Perfect! Thanks! 

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