Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo

A bash around Suan Rot Fai early this morning produced this Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo, which is a very scarce bird around Bangkok. Hodgson's is much smaller than Large Hawk-cuckoo (the commoner Hierococcyx here), with the heavily streaked throat and warm buff terminal band to the tail being diagnostic. The other highlight of the morning was my second ever Greater Racket-tailed Drongo for the patch.

There seemed to be few other passage migrants, but wintering birds were apparent in reasonable numbers - perhaps the best being three Brown Shrikes on one branch, with a fourth below them.  One bird seemed to be displaying to another, whilst the other looked on.  Love is in the air!  There were also quite a few Black-naped Orioles around, plus two Thick-billed Warblers, two or three Black-capped Kingfishers and a leucogenis Ashy Drongo.

 Shrike trio

 Black-naped Oriole

Ashy Drongo

Also in the last few days I've been able to get nice images of breeding plumaged Pond Herons, for comparison purposes...

Chinese - a winter visitor due for departure

Javan - resident around Bangkok

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