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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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2 hours ago, sharecropper said:

We used to have a flock of sparrows visit our balcony to eat the food we leave for Mynah birds. Suddenly they disappeared. Today we discovered why......

 

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NICE! Peregrine Falcon

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On 12/11/2019 at 10:48 AM, jak2002003 said:

I am in Chiang Mai too.  You will be interested to see the different birds we have up here.

 

Doi Suthep is very close and easy to get to, and has a lot of forest, and it's interesting the different bird species there, particularly at the higher elevations where there are pine forests and evergreen rain forest. 

Been up there many times over the years but never done any serious birding. However, was up early in December and did go up Suthep. Blue-winged Leafbird, one of the darkest Dark-sided Flycatchers i have ever seen, and one of the blue flycatchers that got away from me before a good look. Unfortunately, 4 days later i removed a tick from my stomach (either from Suthep or my hotel) that by the following day was showing a radiating rash that grew with each passing day. Cot to a shot in the ass and 20 days of antibiotics later and it still is present with negative lab results. I know this was just unlucky and have been birding n Thailand for well over 10 years and never had a problem - so not at all Chiang mai specific - but it's a wake up call. Three out of four doctors essentially told me there are no tick-borne pathogens in Thailand. Apparetnly their google is broken and they never read the research out of Mahidol University published in 2008. So yes, looking forward to ticking some new species in and around CM... but offering this story up as a cautionary tale. When you get back from a day out, have a good look at the body. It's likely some kind of rickettsial pathogen, but that it isn't fully gone after so much treatment is getting a bit worrisome. 

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5 hours ago, sharecropper said:

We used to have a flock of sparrows visit our balcony to eat the food we leave for Mynah birds. Suddenly they disappeared. Today we discovered why......

 

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Wow.  That is a bit more impressive than a sparrow.  

 

Perhaps you can leave out some chicken legs for it....

 

Seriously though, I doubt it has eaten all the sparrows that visited your place.  They have more than likely moved on to avoid the hawk, and will come back when the hawk moves on.  

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16 hours ago, jak2002003 said:

Wow.  That is a bit more impressive than a sparrow.  

 

Perhaps you can leave out some chicken legs for it....

 

Seriously though, I doubt it has eaten all the sparrows that visited your place.  They have more than likely moved on to avoid the hawk, and will come back when the hawk moves on.  

You may be right, There two of them and they stay for months, living on a mostly-unoccupied part of an opposite condo building. This one seems to like sparrows, the other, a much larger female, is the terror of the pigeon community. 

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1 hour ago, sharecropper said:

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You may be right, There two of them and they stay for months, living on a mostly-unoccupied part of an opposite condo building. This one seems to like sparrows, the other, a much larger female, is the terror of the pigeon community. 

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They are very impressive.  Do they nest on that building?

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29 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

They are very impressive.  Do they nest on that building?

I think they nest elsewhere, as we've never seen evidence of young birds, and they must have other hunting and roosting grounds. They arrive here around 6.30am most days and sometimes one or both will stay until dusk.

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5 hours ago, jak2002003 said:

They are very impressive.  Do they nest on that building?

Peregrines are highly migratory and are winter visitors in Thailand. Breeding range is much further north. Escapees from captive populations could be an exception.

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1 hour ago, Skeptic7 said:

Peregrines are highly migratory and are winter visitors in Thailand. Breeding range is much further north. Escapees from captive populations could be an exception.

Thanks for that info.  

 

I did not know they migrated as a pair... kind of thought they only paired up in the breeding season.  I wonder if they pair for life in nature?

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57 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

Thanks for that info.  

 

I did not know they migrated as a pair... kind of thought they only paired up in the breeding season.  I wonder if they pair for life in nature?

That's an excellent point about the pair here in Winter that, as they are pretty much solitary outside of breeding. There are resident populations in some areas of the world that do not migrate, but did not think Thailand was included. Again...there may be some residents escapees that breed here and do not migrate.

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3 hours ago, Skeptic7 said:

That's an excellent point about the pair here in Winter that, as they are pretty much solitary outside of breeding. There are resident populations in some areas of the world that do not migrate, but did not think Thailand was included. Again...there may be some residents escapees that breed here and do not migrate.

The pair is a bit odd. I had them in Surin as winter visitors and here in Bangsaen, Chonburi as winter visitors, but always solo. Interesting in that the place I see them most here in Bangsaen is almost a dead match to the pics. Tending to the coast and always preferring high beach-side condo buildings such as picture here.  

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These have been a pair for the past 2 years. They disappear for a few months in about March - August/September, then they return. Previously it was just the solitary male.

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