Friday, April 7, 2017

I've spent the last couple of days in Naypyidaw, capital of Myanmar - a strange city indeed which is mostly made up of huge conference centres  for the Myanmar government to hold negotiating meetings with donors and investors.

The resort where I have been staying has extensive grounds, which offered a few birds before breakfast on both my mornings here.  The highlights were three endemics, all pictured below:

White-throated Babbler

Burmese Bushlark

Burmese Bushlark

Irrawaddy Bulbul

Other notables included Oriental Reed Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler and Thick-billed Warbler all in song, a Wryneck and a small Reticulated Python swimming across one of the resort lakes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winter on the patches

Non-birding commitments have meant that my forays to Suan Rotfai and the grounds of the Dept of Public Relations in recent months have been irregular and all too brief, and consequently I've had no time to post updates on sightings.

Generally the birding has been quite slow, with no really interesting records - a product of my limited field effort for sure, but also we have been having an extremely warm "winter" with few days of cool weather that might have pushed birds southwards. The best has been a male Verditer Flycatcher at the Dept of Public Relations that graced a fruiting fig on the last day of 2016, whilst 6th January produced an Eye-browed Thrush and a pair of Hair-crested Drongos in Suan Rotfai.

Below are a few images of my recent encounters.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

leucogenis Ashy Drongo

Brown Shrike

This unfortunate Brown Shrike was present from late Oct until early Jan

All my recent mid-winter PLLW/Saks have proven to Sakhalin on call

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mae Sot

I worked in Mae Sot (on the Thai-Myanmar border) on Monday and Tuesday this week.  This gave me the opportunity to check out the fields behind Mae Sot Airport, giving a nice selection on wintering migrants.

These included three Brown Shrikes, at least four Siberian Rubythroats (heard), three Bluethroats in one area of recently burnt stubble that also held a flock of at least six Amur Wagtails and five Eastern Yellow Wagtails.

I also came across three Red-throated Pipits and Paddyfield (at least four birds) and Richard's Pipits (two birds). The latter two species offered opportunities for photographing and comparing them - Richard's being substantially bigger, longer tailed, heavier billed and generally more robust.

adult Brown Shrike


Amur Wagtail

Paddyfield Pipit

Richard's Pipit