Sunday, May 31, 2015

Out of migratory season

People tend to think of April and water fest as the hottest of the year. May which ends today is actually quite hotter, with the sun right on your head. No migrant birds found. This Yellow-vented Bulbul just show up in Queen's Park soothing my heart.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Albino Magpie (more)

As bee_eater said on BCST forum that it was a นกกางเขนเผือก (Albino Magpie). I naturally agreed. Of course, albino of any species is rare. Then I started to wonder weather it may be a Shama.  So today I went to the same place in Phutthamonthon again. It's still there! With more shots, it became more likely that it is a Magpie. What was previously seen as nesting material is really something small on the tip of its beak.

The exact location of the find is at the wooden bridge with blueish green rails in the bamboo garden.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Albino Magpie นกกางเขนเผือก

Times and again, when a new bird come to sight, seem to be very interesting, a new find! finally become a misidentified or worse, just a stray alien species.
May 4th, Phutthamonthon late in the afternoon, this small white bird come from nowhere perching in the bamboo garden. With nesting material. It was later identified in BCST forum as Albino Magpie. ( Shama?)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Java Sparrow นกกระจอกชวา

Mayday in SRF found a Javan Pond Heron in its breeding plumage. Out of breeding season the Pond Herons of Chinese, Javan, and Indian types are all look alike.

And then on May 3rd, in Queen's Park, there came a wonder! Two photographers were working around something next to the Victoria lotus pond. It's a small grey bird with big bright orange bill, the Java Sparrow. My new find.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Indian Cuckoo นกคัคคูพันธุ์อินเดีย

Long summer vacation, Songkran water festival ends today. Going around SRF trying to find the Dollar bird  reported by David Gandy a few days ago, but to no avail.  Just before leaving the park, there were some birders concentrating on some thing in the bush. Slowing down with camera ready, walking behind them with some distance. It is an Indian Cuckoo. Resident and migrant. My new find.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pied Fantail incubating

One side of my backyard is covered with creeping fig, which also serves well as a hotel for small birds. Some even built a nest for breeding. Like this Pied Fantail.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Natural camouflage of a barbet

This Lineated Barbet was not worried being photographed. It may be over confident that people would not be able to notice its present.

Stork-billed Kingfisher

It was a very cloudy afternoon before a very heavy down pour in Phutthamonthon. A young Kingfisher was perching in the bamboo garden. Referring to the guide book by Lekagul, it's a Stork-billed Kingfisher.

นกกะเต็นใหญ่ธรรมดา (นกกำกวม)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flying Cuckoos

Thunder shower stroke Bangkok quite heavily early at 2.30 am. SRF today became quite moist and fresh. Walking birding as usual when a Plaintive Cuckoo was spot in the lotus pond. Shot showed a pair on the fly. A female in brown and a male in black.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Kingfishers in Bangkok

Time runs towards summer and Kingfishers are still showing up in Bangkok. The Black-capped Kingfisher was in Queen's Park yesterday, while the Collared Kingfisher was in Phutthamonthon today.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Baby Barbet

Phutthamonthon in March is quite warm. It seems the hole on the stratosphere which account for global warming is larger than expected. Today I stroll on the circular track around the Buddha statue. The track is about 3 km long and it take about an hour walking and birding. Lineated Barbets were heard along the way, when one was noticed to perch on a tree with a hole on the branch and left. Her babies should be there. So I wait for the mother bird to come back. Chances are to shoot her feeding. After a few minutes the baby shows up, it was waiting too. And, the mother may also wait for me to go away. So I abandoned.

Dollarbird นกตะขาบดง

February 22nd in Phutthamonthon, I was strolling the route on the western side and the sun was about to set. A bird with plumage similar to Indian Roller showed up. Some shots taken. Reviewed, it is actually a Dollarbird. My new find. It is a juvenile, so the beak is not bright orange.

Comments from BCST are more confident this bird is an Indian Roller rather.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Drongo Cuckoo นกคัคคูแซงแซว

The Weatherman said it be cool in Thailand for a few more days. Again I went to SRF. Entering Queen Sirikit Park via east gate, on the rim of lotus pond, stood a type of black bird unknown to me. Its body plumage was rather big, about 25 cm long with legs thick and hairy. Clumsy, it walked into water for a few steps and then flew up ashore without any prey. On ground, it jumped hopping a few feet and more.
Comments from BCST said it is a juvenile Asian Koel. But to me the bird is more likely a juvenile Drongo Cuckoo.

Female Asian Koel นกกาเหว่าเพศเมีย

 Olive-backed Sunbird นกกินปลีอกเหลือง

Yellow-vented Bulbul นกปรอดหน้านวล

Thursday, February 5, 2015

White-throated Kingfisher นกกะเต็นอกขาว

February 5th, a little warm weather, may be last ditch for winter in Bangkok. The cute White-throated Kingfisher is still here in Phutthamonthon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Collared Kingfisher

Phutthamonthon today produced a Collared Kingfisher. Last time seen here on June 17, 2014. Described by Lekagul as common residents.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bright Kingfisher

Dusk at SRF early in the afternoon in January. Birds came bathing in the lawn.

Round P.D., a bird guru, was asked what bird make him most satisfied making a shot. He said it's a kingfisher. Today SRF shew me one. The bird is bright with contrasted colors.

Black-capped Kingfisher

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Colorful afternoon

Today my wife insisted to go Phutthamonthon. Picked up a friend nearby and so we went. A colorful afternoon.

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters


 Black-capped Kingfisher

Monday, January 12, 2015

Drongo Cuckoo นกคัคคูแซงแซว

Also in Phutthamonthon today is a black bird identified by Mr.S-1 from BCST as Drongo Cuckoo. My new find.

Asian Emerald Cuckoo

It's quite cool in Phutthamonthon (26 Celsius in the afternoon) with migrants hovering here and there. A small green bird with bright head perched on a branch. A few shots revealed that it is a female Asian Emerald Cuckoo. My new find.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Never end

Today Bangkok is really cooled. My house electricity bill come today at 2/3 of average. I'm still confused with the LBJ (little brown job). These birds were found through out many years in Phutthamonthon. Yes I'm a new birder. Give me some advise, anyone please.