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Birdwatching In Isan


isanbirder

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Thanks guys.

Don't know how you guys are able to figure out leaf warblers so easily but I am very pleased to tick this one.

Probably seen it many times before and if I get a half decent pic I'll post it here and get help; aim is to tick off as many as I can.

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This one was seen landing onto a betel nut palm where a pair of House sparrows is nesting.

It sent one parent bird into a frenzy and other birds in the vicinity shrieked alarm calls.

Only managed this overexposed shot. Can't be sure whether it is Chinese Sparrowhawk or Besra.

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A very difficult group, even with a nice picture like that! My guess (and it's not much more) is Japanese Sparrowhawk. Besra is unlikely because of range.

With 3 separate guide books in front of me I still struggle. These raptors are as difficult as Leaf Warblers, worse if it's a juvenile.

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OK folks, I've an extra copy of this (recommended by Goshawk...where are you Goshawk? Thank you!):

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Due to delivery problems probably because of the rallies in BKK, I've ended up with 2 copies.

The first order failed to show up until way after the deadline and the seller reimbursed me; kudos to The Book Depository of the UK.

I offered to send it back but they generously told me to keep it as a gift.

I then placed a 2nd order which has now arrived and if anyone wants a copy please PM me.

To share my 'good fortune', and perhaps a little plug for Book Depository, I'll go halves with whoever is interested. The new price is 909baht.

Will send to within Thailand only.

Happy New year to all!

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Hi All.

Just found this forum thanks to Jack 2946 posting a link.

While I am not in Issan I am only a short way away over the hill, some may say in more ways than one.

However I hope you will forgive me for imposing on you and using you to try to work out what some of the birds in my dunno list are.

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It landed high in a tree some way away and only stayed for a couple of seconds I got this (very poor) shot just as it started to spread its wings to take off.

I had seen a pair of them flying round prior, light underwing and calling with a short squeak. Though possibly Shikra

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Thought about a female Monarch but the legs are the wrong color.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Robby

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Thanks very much for that isanbirder.

Both new species for me.

Will look my dunno page and see what else is there.

Went out this morning and got a shot of a juvenile Bronze-winged Jacana.

Plenty of adults but this is the first juvenile for me.

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Welcome, Robby!

The first one is a Shikra, but the second is an Asian Paradise Flycatcher, not a Monarch.

Agree on the Shikra, but the second one looks to me like a Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher.

Asian Paradise FC is a species I have been seeing pretty regularly as of late. Rufous upperparts and buffish breast and belly. Robby's bird has too much yellow to be APFC.

Will post some pics of each when i get home to my computer this evening.

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Thanks very much for that isanbirder.

Both new species for me.

Will look my dunno page and see what else is there.

Went out this morning and got a shot of a juvenile Bronze-winged Jacana.

Plenty of adults but this is the first juvenile for me.

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When i lived on Huai Saneneg, a wetalands area in Surin, I had a lot of BW and PT Jacana. Most of the juv BW were in Jan and Feb, though i did have adults with chicks as early as October. I'm in Chonburi now and have not seen any Jacana as yet. Where are you, Robby?

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I am in Singburi.

There is one small piece of swamp where I have seen BWJ every time I have been there, only place I have seen them.

Last month I was the first time I saw juveniles.

One is following an adult around and I think another 2 are independent, hard to say how many are in there as there is a lot of cover and they move quicker than the adults and just pop up in different places.

This is a very poor head on shot of the same small bird if that helps.

I took these photos at Phu Kae Botanical Gardens between Lopburi and Saraburi

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I agree with you, Hanno and AjarnNorth, after seeing the second picture. I was deceived by the whitish line on the neck, and the somewhat chestnut shade of the wings. Good!

Now one for you! A few days ago I had a magnificent male Peregrine, beautiful view, with that impression of power in the shoulders which I think you get from no other bird.

An hour or so ago, I had another falcon fly over, not far away, but against the sky, so any colours would have been obscured. Dark above, pale below, with black and white on the head (exactly where on the head I couldn't say). So far, so good, but it seemed to me much slimmer and somewhat smaller than the Peregrine. Eurasian Hobby? Or just a rather small Peregrine?

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