Saturday, March 7, 2009

White-rumped Charmer

Suan Rot Fai from 0630-0830, good numbers of BLACK-NAPED ORIOLES (15+), plus some winterers hanging on - BROWN SHRIKE (2), ASIAN BROWN FLY (2), TAIGA FLY (3), BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHER (1), COMMON KINGFISHER (1). Yellow-browed Warblers seem to have left, or at least shut up, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters absent. Best bits of the morning - my first full breeding plumaged Pond Heron (Chinese) of the year, running into some Thai birders (sporting astronomical telescopes) who showed me an Olive-backed Sunbird nest, and the surprise of coming across a fine male WHITE-RUMPED SHARMA, presumably escaped from nearby Chatuchak Market (or to put it another way: "as likely to be wild as a Siberian Thrush in Norfolk in March") .

When I got home I received an SMS from Charles Davies, who spent the morning watching a showy Rusty-naped Pitta on top of Doi Inthanon...gripped!

Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage

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