Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bang Poo, Thailand - 24th September

Day two, and a morning's birding at Bang Poo - a reserve on the coast just south-east of Bangkok - comprising mangrove, lagoons, scrub and mudflats (as well as productive nearby rice-paddies and unkempt agricultural land).

Whiskered Tern

Lots to go at before the stifling heat of the day drove us back into captivity, from plenty of waders species on the attractive, mud-fringed lagoons to passerine migrants flitting in and out of the mangroves.

female Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Golden-bellied Gerygone

Of the former, Eastern Black-tailed Godwits and Oriental Pratincoles were the highlights, while of the latter, an Asian Paradise Flycatcher, the local, black-headed subspecies of Long-tailed Shrike, Golden-bellied Gerygones and two Eastern Crowned Warblers were all welcome new additions. Larger waterbirds, meanwhile, included plenty of Painted Storks and an Oriental Darter.

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Peaceful Dove and not especially peaceful Brown Shrike

Eastern Black-tailed Godwits

Long-tailed Shrike

Oriental Darter