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Birdwatching In Isan

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I usually see them actually on the main track (unsurfaced) running through the paddy, or on the rice just at the side of the track. In flight they look very dark, and very small.... and don't have the nasty habit of diving back into the paddy a few yards after they get up (like Lanceolated Warblers, which I'm convinced I see every year, but have never confirmed!).

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I usually see them actually on the main track (unsurfaced) running through the paddy, or on the rice just at the side of the track. In flight they look very dark, and very small.... and don't have the nasty habit of diving back into the paddy a few yards after they get up (like Lanceolated Warblers, which I'm convinced I see every year, but have never confirmed!).

Lancies are a pain and I saw my first confirmed one only this year. As usual with a blocker I then saw them a couple of more times.

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never seen strawberry finch in isan, but i get them breeding around my local patch in CM. Love to watch them nest building, flying along with a single grass that's usually about 2ft+ long.

mine are all in open grassy areas (tall grass)

record shot in typical habitat

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I live in kantharawichai and while I wouldn't call my self a bird watcher I do like birds.There is one in particular

That my wife calls the axe head bird any one shed some light on its actual name ?

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I live in kantharawichai and while I wouldn't call my self a bird watcher I do like birds.There is one in particular

That my wife calls the axe head bird any one shed some light on its actual name ?

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Not really much to go by;-) But I am guessing she means Common Hoopoe as that bird's head does indeed look like an axe.

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Thanks for that,after a google search that's the bird I've seen a lot about a month ago

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On the news this morning they mentioned a pigeon race from khon kaen to hua hin any body no much about it

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I usually see them actually on the main track (unsurfaced) running through the paddy, or on the rice just at the side of the track. In flight they look very dark, and very small..

I saw a nice male Avadavat this morning.... doing exactly what I said they did! Most of the rice has been harvested, but there are still a couple of fields uncut. That's where all the birds which feed on the rice go.

Also there this morning were a couple of Yellow-breasted Buntings (another annual visitor for me), which are now classified as Endangered. This is because of their rapid decline in recent years, not actual scarcity.... yet.

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I usually see them actually on the main track (unsurfaced) running through the paddy, or on the rice just at the side of the track. In flight they look very dark, and very small..

I saw a nice male Avadavat this morning.... doing exactly what I said they did! Most of the rice has been harvested, but there are still a couple of fields uncut. That's where all the birds which feed on the rice go.

Also there this morning were a couple of Yellow-breasted Buntings (another annual visitor for me), which are now classified as Endangered. This is because of their rapid decline in recent years, not actual scarcity.... yet.

Thanks for this update, I'll take a trek through some of the harvested fields away from traffic and see if I do any good.

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I usually see them actually on the main track (unsurfaced) running through the paddy, or on the rice just at the side of the track. In flight they look very dark, and very small..

I saw a nice male Avadavat this morning.... doing exactly what I said they did! Most of the rice has been harvested, but there are still a couple of fields uncut. That's where all the birds which feed on the rice go.

Also there this morning were a couple of Yellow-breasted Buntings (another annual visitor for me), which are now classified as Endangered. This is because of their rapid decline in recent years, not actual scarcity.... yet.

Thanks for this update, I'll take a trek through some of the harvested fields away from traffic and see if I do any good.

Jack, if you can find an unharvested field among a lot of harvested fields, that's the place to go, at least for Avadavats and YB Buntings.

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Jack, if you can find an unharvested field among a lot of harvested fields, that's the place to go, at least for Avadavats and YB Buntings.

Got back from my stroll around the rice fields, no luck. Yes I did find a patch of uncut rice amongst several already cut and all I found were munias about 50 individuals easily and probably scaly-breasted. Even through bins it was tough to be sure but scaly-breasted is most common here.

About 6 or 7 prinias were seen too, their tails almost as long as their bodies not sure whether they were plain or yellow-bellied. These were seen at the cut patches.

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Jack, if you can find an unharvested field among a lot of harvested fields, that's the place to go, at least for Avadavats and YB Buntings.

Got back from my stroll around the rice fields, no luck. Yes I did find a patch of uncut rice amongst several already cut and all I found were munias about 50 individuals easily and probably scaly-breasted. Even through bins it was tough to be sure but scaly-breasted is most common here.

About 6 or 7 prinias were seen too, their tails almost as long as their bodies not sure whether they were plain or yellow-bellied. These were seen at the cut patches.

It's probably best in the early morning.... I saw them 6.30-7.0 a.m. Rice now cut; I saw the Buntings again, but no Avadavats. Best bird was an out-of-season Oriental Pratincole (on the stubble); they usually arrive at the end of January, and go in late July or early August. They breed on the stubble-fields.

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What could this be?

Noticed this perched on top of a bamboo grove in my backyard.

On first glance thought it was the usual Streak-eared bulbul till I took note of its short bill.

Size would be a little smaller than streak-eared.

Pics cropped 150 to 160% subject about 70m away, unfortunately no frontal shot.

The bluish rump and tail could be due to camera/lens or whatever, don't think the bird actually has blue.

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Looks like it may be a flycatcher, Jack, a number of which are blue-ish. Possibly Verditer, though the tail seems entirely too short for that. Maybe Hainana Blue, which is what I thought your previous mystery bird might be as well. Though maybe I am being led astray by the bluish appearance of this bird, which you say may not be accurate. See what the others have to say. Any luck with the Pied Kingfisher yet?

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