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Managed to get a BIF of a White-throated Kingfisher-hope you like it        

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.

Obviously not in my garden, but in Kaeng Krachana NP last week. Also saw a lot of Grey Wagtails which are among the earliest of the winter visitors reminding me that it's time to keep my eyes open in

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1 hour ago, AjarnNorth said:

Jak2002003 - Shrikes do make a bit of a raspy sound, but it sounds to me like you are talking about Asian Koel. You can look up the bird calls and songs on-line to compare. 

Thank you for the reply.. I am sorry, I know its difficult to describe the sound.  It is not the Asian Koel… I am familiar with that sound.

 

Next time I am out I will take a video of it on my mobile and then I can post it on here.

 

Cycling about I hear a few of them each time.  I can see them in the distance, always they are alone and perched on an exposed branch of a tree.  They are similar size to the Drongo, but it's not them either.  This is the first year I have heard this call.  I sounds like a scalding call, or distress call, but its just its normal call.  

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43 minutes ago, Speedo1968 said:

Although not an avid bird watcher but a nature watcher in general can I ask a question about birds here, as there does not seem to be a separate forum ?

yes. the thread is pretty dead, but there are a few...well a couple...maybe just one of us still active. ask away. if wildly off topic or out of our range of expertise...perhaps we can direct to a more appropriate site. :thumbsup:

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On 10/20/2019 at 9:38 AM, Skeptic7 said:

yes. the thread is pretty dead, but there are a few...well a couple...maybe just one of us still active. ask away. if wildly off topic or out of our range of expertise...perhaps we can direct to a more appropriate site. :thumbsup:

 

Many thanks Skeptic7  for your prompt response.

As I mentioned I am not a bird watcher per se but look at nature in general as well as the weather.

I do not have field glasses so rely on my eyesight and other senses.

I have lived worked in farming in many countries since the 1970’s and am particularly interested in man’s effect on nature.

Here in Thailand for 20 years for the past 4 years I have lived about 50km south of Khon Kaen.     Outside a small market town with fields and ponds around, the area was, at the end of August, very badly flooded.     I walk in a small local keep fit park and across the fields two or three times a day, 4am, again in the afternoon and then in the early evening.

 

The questions I have may seem a bit strange but then I always like to look ‘outside the box’ for an answer.

1)   Do crows always fly east ( towards where the sun will rise ) in the evening and west in the morning ?

I have observed this every day, in the afternoon the birds start heading towards their roost for the night.    They converge around the park then fly further on to their roost.      They come from basically 2 sometimes 3 sides just north and south of east.   Have counted over 100 birds in 15 minutes.   Seen some ‘midair fighting’ ?

When I first came here there were only 2 birds in a large tree in early morning and late afternoon.    Only since this year have I seen so many birds.

 

2)   Is it unusual to see sparrows ( in town think they are hedge sparrows ) with all white feathered heads and necks ?    They, two of them, are part of the same family group.

 

3)   I see some birds flying, about the size of a swift / swallow ? that have iridescent green feathered backs when the sun shines on it.   Any idea what they might be ?

 

4)   Saw a kingfisher for the first time this year sitting on a power / telephone cable.

 

5)   The first year I was here about 6 or 7 hoopoes, the next year none, last year 2 and this year 3 or 4.      Have only seen one since the flooding.   Sorry can’t tell sex of bird.

 

6)   The first year I was here I saw a yellow feather headed / necked myna, the second year two.    The third year two others in different places within 500 metres of the original bird.    This year after the flooding, none.

 

7)   The second year I was here someone night trap netted about 15 birds, 3 beautiful owls ( one very old ), some hoopoes and other young birds.   The trappers took what they wanted and left the others to die.    The owls were already dead, the remaining birds I was unable to save because the net was so fine.   I reported it to the local council who were only able to shrug their shoulders.     The following year someone trap netted again not far away and some birds were left to die.   I pulled down the poles and had to do this a few times before they gave up.    Unfortunately song birds are still being trapped openly using a covered cage with a bird inside as a lure.

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On 10/22/2019 at 6:20 PM, Speedo1968 said:

 

Many thanks Skeptic7  for your prompt response.

As I mentioned I am not a bird watcher per se but look at nature in general as well as the weather.

I do not have field glasses so rely on my eyesight and other senses.

I have lived worked in farming in many countries since the 1970’s and am particularly interested in man’s effect on nature.

Here in Thailand for 20 years for the past 4 years I have lived about 50km south of Khon Kaen.     Outside a small market town with fields and ponds around, the area was, at the end of August, very badly flooded.     I walk in a small local keep fit park and across the fields two or three times a day, 4am, again in the afternoon and then in the early evening.

 

The questions I have may seem a bit strange but then I always like to look ‘outside the box’ for an answer.

1)   Do crows always fly east ( towards where the sun will rise ) in the evening and west in the morning ?

I have observed this every day, in the afternoon the birds start heading towards their roost for the night.    They converge around the park then fly further on to their roost.      They come from basically 2 sometimes 3 sides just north and south of east.   Have counted over 100 birds in 15 minutes.   Seen some ‘midair fighting’ ?

When I first came here there were only 2 birds in a large tree in early morning and late afternoon.    Only since this year have I seen so many birds.

 

2)   Is it unusual to see sparrows ( in town think they are hedge sparrows ) with all white feathered heads and necks ?    They, two of them, are part of the same family group.

 

3)   I see some birds flying, about the size of a swift / swallow ? that have iridescent green feathered backs when the sun shines on it.   Any idea what they might be ?

 

4)   Saw a kingfisher for the first time this year sitting on a power / telephone cable.

 

5)   The first year I was here about 6 or 7 hoopoes, the next year none, last year 2 and this year 3 or 4.      Have only seen one since the flooding.   Sorry can’t tell sex of bird.

 

6)   The first year I was here I saw a yellow feather headed / necked myna, the second year two.    The third year two others in different places within 500 metres of the original bird.    This year after the flooding, none.

 

7)   The second year I was here someone night trap netted about 15 birds, 3 beautiful owls ( one very old ), some hoopoes and other young birds.   The trappers took what they wanted and left the others to die.    The owls were already dead, the remaining birds I was unable to save because the net was so fine.   I reported it to the local council who were only able to shrug their shoulders.     The following year someone trap netted again not far away and some birds were left to die.   I pulled down the poles and had to do this a few times before they gave up.    Unfortunately song birds are still being trapped openly using a covered cage with a bird inside as a lure.

1. Not sure, but no I don't think so. Birds of all kinds tend to go where the food is and then roosters will return to their roost. I don't think East or West would factor in that equation.

 

2. No. Sparrows are common Sounds like you are describing House Sparrows, which are colonial and over the lst few decades have spread east from the borders of Burma and etc. to poulate the whole country. They are still outnumbered by tree spearrows in most populated areas, but they are taking over in some places. Plain-backed aparrows are also fairly common but tend to areas outside of towns.

 

3. Likely Green Bee-eaters. 

 

4. There are various kinds of kingfishers here, some are resident and some are winter visitors. I would need to know more about what your looked like to identify it, but the most likely are common kingfisher (very smalll) and white-thrated (much larger). Likely winter visitor in Khon Khaen may be Black-capped.

 

5. Hoopoes are fairly common residents with - I think - some areas seeing an influx of winter visitors.

 

6. It depends what you mean by yellow-headed. Common Mynas and White-vented Mynas seem to molt (go bald) in the head and neck sometimes and are not an uncommon site. 

 

7. Mist netting is common throughout. It's an awful practice and a terrible way to collect "food." I would like to see a photo of the song bird traps and know what kind of birds they are using as "lures."

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Every year I see Paciffic Golden Plovers in my usual patch in Chonburi. As yet, none. This is perplexing. I was lucky yesterday to see an Indian Thick-knee (aka Stone-curlew) which I also see every year in the same area, often with PGPs, and sometimes in a pair which may be breeding in my patch. Not the best photos of I have of the bird, but now I know it's around I will likely get better pics soon. Also included from yesterday a Common Kingfisher (Juv), Painted Stork, and Little Heron. 

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On 10/22/2019 at 7:20 AM, Speedo1968 said:

 

Many thanks Skeptic7  for your prompt response.

As I mentioned I am not a bird watcher per se but look at nature in general as well as the weather.

I do not have field glasses so rely on my eyesight and other senses.

I have lived worked in farming in many countries since the 1970’s and am particularly interested in man’s effect on nature.

Here in Thailand for 20 years for the past 4 years I have lived about 50km south of Khon Kaen.     Outside a small market town with fields and ponds around, the area was, at the end of August, very badly flooded.     I walk in a small local keep fit park and across the fields two or three times a day, 4am, again in the afternoon and then in the early evening.

 

The questions I have may seem a bit strange but then I always like to look ‘outside the box’ for an answer.

1)   Do crows always fly east ( towards where the sun will rise ) in the evening and west in the morning ?

I have observed this every day, in the afternoon the birds start heading towards their roost for the night.    They converge around the park then fly further on to their roost.      They come from basically 2 sometimes 3 sides just north and south of east.   Have counted over 100 birds in 15 minutes.   Seen some ‘midair fighting’ ?

When I first came here there were only 2 birds in a large tree in early morning and late afternoon.    Only since this year have I seen so many birds.

 

2)   Is it unusual to see sparrows ( in town think they are hedge sparrows ) with all white feathered heads and necks ?    They, two of them, are part of the same family group.

 

3)   I see some birds flying, about the size of a swift / swallow ? that have iridescent green feathered backs when the sun shines on it.   Any idea what they might be ?

 

4)   Saw a kingfisher for the first time this year sitting on a power / telephone cable.

 

5)   The first year I was here about 6 or 7 hoopoes, the next year none, last year 2 and this year 3 or 4.      Have only seen one since the flooding.   Sorry can’t tell sex of bird.

 

6)   The first year I was here I saw a yellow feather headed / necked myna, the second year two.    The third year two others in different places within 500 metres of the original bird.    This year after the flooding, none.

 

7)   The second year I was here someone night trap netted about 15 birds, 3 beautiful owls ( one very old ), some hoopoes and other young birds.   The trappers took what they wanted and left the others to die.    The owls were already dead, the remaining birds I was unable to save because the net was so fine.   I reported it to the local council who were only able to shrug their shoulders.     The following year someone trap netted again not far away and some birds were left to die.   I pulled down the poles and had to do this a few times before they gave up.    Unfortunately song birds are still being trapped openly using a covered cage with a bird inside as a lure.

1. No

 

2. No. Not sure you are seeing actual sparrows. None of the sparrows in Thailand have all white heads. 

 

3. Agree with AN as prob Green Bee Eater, but more info would help. Are they graceful and acrobatic flyers like Swifts/Swallows/Bee-eaters? Or do they fly like sparrows? If the latter...could be Coppersmith Barbet or something else.

 

4. Agree w/AN

 

5. Difficult to sex Hoopoes. They are basically identical. 

 

6. Agree w/AN

 

7. Sadly common practice.  ☹️ It sucks. My neighbors in Bum<deleted>istan, Kanchanaburi trap quail and eat them. I've seen Barred Buttonquail a couple times along our soi.  

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A little known ID fact about Black Drongo, which will help ID a Black if unsure. They have a small white spot at the base of the bill or "gape", which is a telling field mark and can determine the ID...especially comes in handy when identifying bird photos at a later time. 3 different birds (3 different days anyway...could be same bird) last month in my yard in Kanchanaburi. A bit more difficult to see in the 3rd photo with the bird calling.

 

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