RUFOUS-COLLARED KINGFISHER

This is a video of a Rufous-collared Kingfisher taken in Krung Chin National Park.This beautiful bird was perched and calling near the main road to the headquarters, 100 m before the headquarters.It remained perched for at least 10 minutes.

Rufous-collared Kingfisher is a species of Kingfisher found in Myanmar,peninsular Thailand,Malaysia,Indonesia and Brunei.It inhabits closed-canopy forest,in the middle stratum and understorey of lowland and hill forest up to 1,500 m.It has a green crown,blue head stripes,rufous collar and breast and blue above.They usually sit motionless for long spells.

KRUNG CHING AND SRI PHANG NGA BIRD CHECKLIST.MAY 2013

Barred Buttonquail
Grey-capped Pigmy Woodpecker
Buff-rumped Woodpecker
Golden-whiskered Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet
Red-throated Barbet
Brown Barbet
Great Hornbill
Black Hornbill
White-crowned Hornbill
Wreathed Hornbill
Brown-winged Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher
Collared  Kingfisher
Rufous-collared Kingfisher
Red-bearded Bee-eater
Greater Coucal
Drongo Cuckoo
Asian Koel
Black-bellied Malkoha
Green-billed Malkoha
Raffles’ s Malkoha
Red-billed Malkoha
Glossy Swiftlet
Germain’ s Swiftlet
Silver-rumped Needletail
Whiskered Treeswift
Buffy Fish Owl
Brown Wood Owl
Spotted Dove
Thick-billed Green Pigeon
Emerald Dove
Oriental Honey-buzzard
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Crested Goshawk
Crested Serpent-Eagle
Wallace’s Hawk Eagle
Little Heron
Asian Openbill
Malayan Banded Pitta
Hooded Pitta
Blue-winged Pitta
Mangrove Pitta
Black-and-yellow Broadbill
Green Broadbill
Greater Green Leafbird
Lesser Green Leafbird
Blue-winged Leafbird
Asian Fairy Bluebird
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Large-billed Crow
Drak-throated Oriole
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Pied Fantail
Common Iora
Green Iora
Black-naped Monarch
Asian Paradise-Flycatcher
Large Woodshrike
Brown-streaked Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
Oriental Magpie Robin
White-rumped Shama
Chestnut-naped Forktail
Asian Glossy Starling
Common Myna
Rufous-bellied Swallow
Pacific Swallow
Black-headed Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
Scaly-breasted Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul
Cream-vented Bulbul
Red-eyed Bulbul
Spectacled Bulbul
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Ochraceous Bulbul
Grey-cheeked Bulbul
Yellow-bellied Bulbul
Hairy-backed Bulbul
Streaked Bulbul
Golden-bellied Gerygone
Common Tailorbird
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Ashy Tailorbird
Abbott’s  Babbler
Black-capped Babbler
Moustached Babbler
Striped Tit Babbler
Grey-throated Babbler
Chestnut-winged Babbler
White-bellied Yuhina ( Erpornes )
Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker
Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed  Flowerpecker
Brown-throated Sunbird
Ruby-cheeked  Sunbird
Purple-naped Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird
Little Spiderhunter
Spectacled Spiderhunter
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter
Paddyfield Pipit
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
White-rumped Munia

Birds seen by me and all the members of bcst.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

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Couple of Asian Golden Weaver nesting.

After spending a great time in Kaeng Krachan it was time to come back to Bangkok.On the way back,I saw some nests hanging on a tree, beside a rice field.I stopped and i could see a considerable number of Asian Golden Weaver nesting and moving around.I could capture this beautiful scene of this cute couple of weavers looking at each other.The male was very  busy going up and down picking up some little branches  and making a truly piece of handicraft to lure the female.

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Asian Golden Weaver nesting

As soon as I get out of the car the weavers flew away.So i decided to take pictures from the car and approach with it as close as I could.

Asian Golden Weaver,Ploceus Hypoxanthus ,is a species of weaver that it’s found in most of Southeast Asia.It inhabits marshes,grasslands,reeds and rice paddies.It sometimes form colonies.Its population is declining rapidly and it’s listed as Near-threatened species.The main threatens are loss of habitat ( conversion of wetland habitat to agriculture ) and persecution ( commonly trapped in Java ).In Thailand it is local and uncommon in the north, north-east and central regions.

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Male of Asian Golden Weaver

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Asian Golden Weaver nests

Another group of weavers were nesting on a rice field at the other side of the road.There were a mixed flock of Asian Golden Weavers and Streaked Weavers.The latter were making nests on the rice crops, as you can see in the pictures.Their nests deserved as well to be called an authentic marvel of engineering.

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Streaked Weaver

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Streaked weaver nests

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Streaked Weaver nest

Streaked Weaver, Ploceus Manyar, is a widespread species of weaver found in South and Southeast Asia.It’s similar to Baya Weaver but with streaked underparts.It nests in small colonies,in most cases in in reed beds near water bodies.It’s classified as Least Concern.

That’s was the cherry on the cake of an excellent trip into the wild !! “Au revoir” my followers !!!

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them” H.Matisse

CURIOSITY DIDN’T KILL THE LIZARD

 

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This is a Garden Fence Lizard, Calotes versicolor, a common lizard found in Thailand.I was eating some food in Samarn Campsite when it appeared.I went to pick up my camera and the curious lizard stared at me.He even gave me time to adjust my camera settings and the lizard motionless seemed like he was posing in front of me.After taking some shots the lizard continued walking for a while and stopped again scrutinizing me.Again another photo session till the tame creature moved proudly and climbed up to the tree.

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Garden fence Lizard,or Changeable Lizard, is a common lizard found in most of Southeast Asia,India, Sri Lanka and South China.They are related to iguanas, but the latter are only found in the New World.They have a spiny crest on the back of its neck and along the body. There are two spines above the ear opening.It eat insects and sometimes lizards.They can quickly change their color depending on their mood.For instance,when the male face an agressor or when attracting a mate their throat turns red.They can move their eyes in different directions. They can be seen in many parks and gardens.