Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A hard to see Woodie!

Most folks get excited at seeing the remarkably decorated Heart-spotted Woodpecker. By no means a guarantee but not necessarily left without on a birding trip.
However this WP, the Black and Buff is a lot harder to see and easily confused with the Heart-spotted.
It has a rather restricted distribution range stretching from Northern and Central Myanmar all the way to Vietnam but not reaching into China.

The nape and the hindneck is all white which is the easiest way to tell the birds from Heart-spotted.
The male has a read submoustachial strip something the female is not adorned with.

Not a bird but never the less a lifer. The rare Fea's Barking Deer. Much darker in complextion then the regular Barking Deer so often seen.