Thursday, February 24, 2011


There are 2 BIG TIME rarities in this photo. See if you can tell what they are!

There has been a single Black-faced Spoonbill in the area for a few weeks now. That huge 'spatula' of a bill really stands out. Black-faced Spoonbill is an endangered species and shows up in Thailand as a vagrant in very small numbers.

A few years back I got very close to a pair of them.

The Milky Stork is even rarer. Mainly confined to Sumatra where a few thousand exist. In Thailand it is extremely rare. There were 2 birds mixed in with 6 Painted Storks.


Ike said...

Wha ... how do you manage to get black faced spoonbill AND Milky Stork in the same shot? -Absolutely crazy!!!! -AND NOT FAIR!!!!

Kah-Wai Lin said...

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digdeep said...

Hi Peter

Without wishing to put a damper on things, feral Milky Storks are now quite common and widespread in Malaysia these days. This is partly due to deliberate reintroduction attempts and partly due to the spread of full-winged feral breeding colonies from zoos in KL, Johor and Singapore. These birds interbreed with feral Painted Storks, and appear to be multiplying. I don't know any way of proving genuine vagrancy, short of finding a Sumatran ringed bird (if any exist).

Thaibirder said...

Well, these Painted Storks are not feral neither am I aware of any breeding projects of Milky Storks in Thailand. Neither do they look like hybrids. What matters to me is that THEY ARE HERE and appear to be genuinely wild in behaviour.....