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The Prinias have definitely taken over the (poor) Dove nest on the ceiling of the patio as they are now making it a better nest.

This is bad news as 1) I've frequently seen Golden Tree snakes there and 2) I daren't go out on the patio for more than a few seconds sad.png .

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Talking of colourful but common birds, I managed to get this photo about right of a White-throated Kingfisher. Rarely seen near water, happy hunting in fields etc.

You really should enter this awesome pic into one of the TV Photo Contests. Let us know if u do and we'll...I'll...and am sure others here will cast our "Like" votes. You can win something for this splendid shot!

Thanks for the comment. I quite like the pic too. The light and subject were just about right. A keeper for me, but putting things in perspective I would guess 99.5 percent of my bird shots are not keepers, ok for reference mind.

As for the suggestion of the TV monthly photo comp, I do occasionally enter, but bird photos, outside we enthusiasts, are probably seen as a bit geekish I guess smile.png

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Yay! Finally added a new species to the yard list...Black Bittern. Brings the total up to 46. With the onset of the wet season have been getting more water bird/wading bird activity.

Couple other notes of interest... had an Asian Openbill perched atop one of the trees in my backyard yesterday and this morning and an Eclipse version of a male Olive-backed Sunbird. Nothing unusual about Openbill here...but as flyovers, not lit atop a tree in the big city!

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A trio of Little Egrets flying by just now brings the BKK yard list to 47. With the addition of LIEG, which I expected long before now, further expected/easy additions getting more difficult.

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Great bird...great pic! Range map for Hoopoe is listed as Common Resident pretty much Kingdom-wide with the only exceptions the extreme southern tip of the peninsula where it's normal range ends...and the Central Plains area where status shows Winter Visitor. Thinking your area...Petchabun...is considered part of the Central Plains.

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Common Hoopoe: Surprise visitor this morning brings patch total to 49. I say surprise because I have never seen a Hoopoe this far north. Used to see them on reglar basis in Prachuap

Not a very good pic as bird was a long way away so heavily cropped. But ok for ID.

I've seen these nearby (within 100 metres), and they are so 'striking' that I've often wondered their name - so thank you thetefldon!

Any idea as to how I can attract them to my garden? What do they eat?

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Usually have at least a couple of visits to my garden in Phuket during migration time.

They have even been seen in the UK.

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Working at home yesterday, there was a really loud bang at the window. Another bird flying in to the window but this one hit so loud I was sure it'd be dead (1 dead bird in 12 years but lots of bangs on the window). Little bird stayed in this position for a long time obviously dazed. Pleased to see it fly off 5 minutes later.

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Usually have at least a couple of visits to my garden in Phuket during migration time.

They have even been seen in the UK.

Yes...Hoopoes have an extremely large range throughout Afro-Eurasia. The only one I've ever seen...and luckily photographed...was in Israel, where it is the National Bird.

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Come to Buriram; Hoopoes are all over the place! But I did see my first one in England!

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