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Owls And Other Birds - Sighted In C.Rai Area?

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HMJ, you are brilliant! Yes, my photo does seem to show that the bird has somewhat red eyes and there is a white spot visible at the tip of the bird's tail. Thanks. I have never seen this bird before. Is this a relatively difficult bird to spot?

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Last year when we visit Mae Fahluang Gardens(Doi Tung)-at the view point just before the top,we got a cup og coffee and a cigarret-that is first and only time here in Thailand I have seen an eagle.

I dont know what kind it was as I did not get a picture of the bird.

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Was in deep forest yesterday and heard the alarm cries of a group of birds. They were some of the most beautiful I have seen and were just a bit smaller than a Greater Caucol. Head had a white hood and dark around the eyes. I tried to get a photo but they would alarm like puppies caught by the tail and stay just ahead of camera range as I stalked them. A very noisy group and I wish I had a photo to try to determine what they were.

Edit: Behavior was similar to Blue Jays in the northern latitudes of the US. Haven't found anything that looks like what I saw in the field guides though.

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T_Dog #34

Identification of a bird becomes easy when you have the answer on the following questions.

# What does the bird look like? Size and shape, plumage, bare parts.

# What is the bird doing and how is it doing it? Behaviour, voice.

# Where is the bird? Habitat.

# What is the time of the year? Seasonal status of a bird and moulting (the cycle of plumage changes).

A detailed observation.

# Size and shape. Compare with a known species or give an approximate size in cm. Observe the shape and size of:

bill, head, neck, body, wings, tail, legs, feet.

# Plumage (feathers). Observe the general colour. Observe marks or patches, their colour and position on the bird. Any special feathers?

# Bare parts. Bill, legs, feet, eyes and any area of bare skin are bare parts. Observe shape, size and colour of the bare parts.

# Behaviour (as an identification aid). Behaviour is about action and the character of this action. How is the bird flying, walking,

sitting, swimming, diving, feeding, etc.?

# Voice. Call notes or song.

# Habitat. The habitat is the natural home of a bird species.

Because you have given a detailed observation it has been easy to identify this bird as a White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus).

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) can be found in open forests in large groups and is very vocal as well.

Under forest conditions it is more favourable to use a camera than binoculars for birdwatching. An image gives you a second change at identification. I use a Canon SX30 camera in sports mode: the sensor will follow a moving object. In video mode you can capture sound. With a computer sound application, e.g. Audacity, noise can be removed and an MP3 file created.

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T_Dog #34

Identification of a bird becomes easy when you have the answer on the following questions.

# What does the bird look like? Size and shape, plumage, bare parts.

# What is the bird doing and how is it doing it? Behaviour, voice.

# Where is the bird? Habitat.

# What is the time of the year? Seasonal status of a bird and moulting (the cycle of plumage changes).

A detailed observation.

# Size and shape. Compare with a known species or give an approximate size in cm. Observe the shape and size of:

bill, head, neck, body, wings, tail, legs, feet.

# Plumage (feathers). Observe the general colour. Observe marks or patches, their colour and position on the bird. Any special feathers?

# Bare parts. Bill, legs, feet, eyes and any area of bare skin are bare parts. Observe shape, size and colour of the bare parts.

# Behaviour (as an identification aid). Behaviour is about action and the character of this action. How is the bird flying, walking,

sitting, swimming, diving, feeding, etc.?

# Voice. Call notes or song.

# Habitat. The habitat is the natural home of a bird species.

Because you have given a detailed observation it has been easy to identify this bird as a White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus).

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) can be found in open forests in large groups and is very vocal as well.

Under forest conditions it is more favourable to use a camera than binoculars for birdwatching. An image gives you a second change at identification. I use a Canon SX30 camera in sports mode: the sensor will follow a moving object. In video mode you can capture sound. With a computer sound application, e.g. Audacity, noise can be removed and an MP3 file created.

And that is exactly the bird, HMJ! The bird is quite aptly named, isn't it? One of the noisier birds I have run into and "laughing" is a good description of the calls. Thank You again!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-crested_Laughingthrush

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The Laughing Thrush must be territorial as I saw the group again in the same area as before. Every bird seemed to have something to say. (Photo attached is not mine.)

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Here is something you don't see everyday in Thailand but he lives in the next village on one of my routes.

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Many years ago I lived in Vientiane and was at some Lao friends' house on Christmas Day and they asked me what I'd normally doing in my own country.

I said something like "eating roast turkey, but there wouldn't be any chance of getting one here".

Within half an hour one of the neighbors turned up with one trotting along on a lead and my friends offered to cook this splendid specimen with all the trimmings the following day if I could see my way clear to purchasing him.

I looked at turkey.

Turkey looked at me.

He was delicious.

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Have seen two kinds of Kingfishers here but not that version, VF. No need for the telephoto when the cats are helping you out. Did it finally fly away?

Sceaduenga, I hope you had cranberries! Some folks we know have turkeys here as well and I am always trying to get one to follow me home. No luck so far so I guess I have to look more hungry.

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Who is this little dark man with white hair and mustache, with his hands poised like a boxer?

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you'll never guess. Answer in next post.........

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With a bird in one hand and an iPhone in the other, my wife came to the rescue and captured these images.thumbsup.gif As far as I know the little fellow is stealing fish from our pond as we speak.biggrin.png

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#44 villagefarang

Your jewel is an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. This species is the smallest of the Thai kingfishers and it has two colour forms:

the northern "black-backed" and the peninsular "red-backed". Your images show the "black-backed" form.

The fish in your pond are not on the menu, it will eat insects mostly.

#41 T_Dog

Have seen two kinds of Kingfishers here but not that version...

The following is a list of the common kingfisher species found in northern Thailand and some notes on them.

Pied Kingfisher: is found near large bodies of water and it is a local bird. Local means that it does not stray from its habitat.

Common Kingfisher: can be found anywhere near water but not in dense forest. In dense forest a similar looking species the Blue-eared Kingfisher can be found. As the name suggests this species has blue ear coverts. The Common Kingfisher has red ear coverts.

The ear coverts are the areas around the ear opening, directly behind the eye.

White-throated Kingfisher: is a resident species found anywhere in open country. Resident means that it is present year round in the area.

This is the most commonly seen kingfisher because it likes an exposed perch, e.g. on the electricity lines along the roads.

This species does not catch fish but feeds on insects, lizards, etc.

Black-capped Kingfisher: is a passage migrant in northern Thailand.

Crested Kingfisher and Stork-billed Kingfisher are large birds, they are local and very rare.

#40 sceadugenga

Getting your hands on your neighbours fat turkey should not be a problem. Unfortunately forum rules forbid me to post the 'how to'. Read about the good soldier Schweik, in the novel by Jaroslav Hasek, getting hold of a dog for his lieutenant and you will know what to do. The Good Soldier Schweik, Book One, Chapter14: Schweik Becomes Batman to Lieutenant Lukash. To stay on the safe side, to make you reconsider your actions, also read the next chapter.

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