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Birdwatching In Isan

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I would say the first lot are Himalayan/Oriental, and the second lot Indian. Two ticks!

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First sighting for me of White-winged tern at my local reservoir this morning.

Flock size about 20+ birds all in breeding plumage. I thought initially they were Whiskered terns until I got closer and noticed the

very contrasting black body and head against white tail and rump.

I guess these are passage migrants heading back north to wherever they came from.

Other than this notable sighting nothing else stood out.

The usual Open-billed storks, Little Cormorants and Black-winged stilts are around and 2 Darters were seen too.

Oddly no Whistling ducks at all.

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A great Thai Visa thread this - I spent ages going through it today - thanks for the comments and the excellent photos.

I often go into the National parks, and although I'm no birdwatcher, I recognised many species I've seen from this thread.

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Not quite Isaan, but at my [current] favourite spot in Chonburi province, the dark-sided flycatchers are passing through from where to where, I am not sure and the blue-winged pittas have arrived to breed.

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Not quite Isaan, but at my [current] favourite spot in Chonburi province, the dark-sided flycatchers are passing through from where to where, I am not sure and the blue-winged pittas have arrived to breed.

I used to live and bird in Isaan (Surin) and now also live in Chonburi (Bangsaen area). I had a Dark-sided a few days ago in my yard, only my second. First was in Surin. Where are you seeing Blue-winged Pitta. I've only seen one, Khao Khieo.

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In the small patch of forest at Khao Mai Kaeo.

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After a prolonged scarcity of birds a pleasant surprise for me this afternoon.

Not a rarity but nonetheless a first for my backyard. I thought it to be an escapee till I spotted a pair; unless both escaped or released.

Seemed to me they were feeding on young leaf shoots.

Vernal Hanging Parrot:

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Did you see the red markings, Jack? They don't show up on the pics (except the red bill on the second). Nice birds though.

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Pretty sure the rump is red on both birds. These 2 pics are of the same bird. I am quite sure I caught a glimpse of blue in the tail of the 2nd bird.

Alas it was too fast for me to capture an image.

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I thought it was worth reviving this old thread, as some people seem to have enjoyed browsing through it.

 

AND I had an extraordinary sighting today!

 

I turned a corner, and came in sight of a large area of paddy and, only fifty yards or less from me, a large raptor hunting low over the rice.  It was very large, dark brown primaries, paler inner wing, with a longish tail, apparently square-ended, but it was in constant movement, and I couldn't be sure of the exact shape.  At this point it went behind a bush (don't they all?), and even a sprint to the next clear viewing point did not enable me to see it again.

 

At this time of year, I see Brahminys almost daily (two pairs breed in the area), and this was larger, darker than any Brahminy I've seen, and with a longer tail.  It wasn't a harrier or any of the eagles.  That leaves, and I'm positive about this, not just by elimination, Black or Black-eared Kite.  I see these regularly from October to March, and last winter was a particularly good winter for them.  But on August 21?  This is very weird!

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I live on the outskirts of Ban Phai 45 km south of Khon Kaen.

I am not a bird watcher as such but do watch nature, because I have been in farming since 1960, most of it in other countries and, what the birds and bees etc do is a good indication of the weather now and to follow.    I take a keen interest in animal behaviour, and how some species behave differently in different parts of a country depending on their environment.

 

Some months ago people at night netted birds ( high net in front of a group of trees firework let off and birds caught in net ).

When I found the net in the morning whatever they were trying to catch ( song birds maybe ? ) had been removed, left behind were two beautiful silvery gray owls, one looked to be ancient the other younger, 5 hoopoe, various other small birds, total of about 30 left in net.   I manged to release only one as the net was so fine and twisted in their feathers.   Took pictures to local govt department, nodding heads ..

 

Locally I have seen a yellow headed myna, a yellow headed / full neck myna - both in excellent condition, maybe same family ? same place, same time of year ( I don't know why this should be - perhaps someone could tell me why they are there only at a certain time of the year ??? ).

 

I have a budgerigar ( mainly yellow ) that comes in to my front garden / car port  to eat rice and water I put out , no idea if it is domestic and let out daily or free.   It mixes with myna's and sparrows and other birds, luckily no pigeons locally.

 

 

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Can anyone please identify a brace of birds I saw in flight recently from this description?

 

- European Jay-like in size,  sillouette and flight pattern.

- Colour not sure but I suspect dark blue.

- Both had 2x very long hairless tail quills with a coin-sized ring at the end.

- As far as I could tell they were a pair rather than one chasing the other.

 

Unfortunately I only had a short glimpse despite being in dense Jungle as a bloke on a coconut-laden motorbike appeared from nowhere & they were gone.

 

Any pointers appreciated :)

 

 

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1 hour ago, evadgib said:

Can anyone please identify a brace of birds I saw in flight recently from this description?

 

- European Jay-like in size,  sillouette and flight pattern.

- Colour not sure but I suspect dark blue.

- Both had 2x very long hairless tail quills with a coin-sized ring at the end.

- As far as I could tell they were a pair rather than one chasing the other.

 

Unfortunately I only had a short glimpse despite being in dense Jungle as a bloke on a coconut-laden motorbike appeared from nowhere & they were gone.

 

Any pointers appreciated :)

 

 

 

The hairless tail quills with a blob on the end indicate a Racket-tailed Drongo.  There are two species of these, the common one being the Greater (Lesser is up the mountains).  They are both entirely black.

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