Monday, August 15, 2016

Fields of Petchaburi mid August

 Mid August isn't the best of months for raking up a long list of species in the field. But it is a lovely month with dramatic skies, green fields and local birds still being busy about.
The Watercock is a bird that often doesn't show well and though it was rather distant we still got good looks of a breeding bird.
 They have a booming sound and a nice contrast with their green surroundings. Still need a good image of this species.
Purple Heron

All you often see of the Purple Heron is a 'periscope' sticking out from tall rice plants. 
Streaked Weaver

There seemed to be Asian Golden Weavers just about everywhere. There breeding cycle last several months and I wonder how many sets of chicks each pair raise. Baya Weavers were also abundant but the one I enjoyed the most was Streaked Weaver. This time they seemed to 
breed mixed in with Golden. In years past I have seen them in more distinct species designated colonies but this year lots of them were mixed. Still the shape of the nests tell them apart.
Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater is a bird you can not miss in this area. 
Raymond Liao

I was out with Raymond Liao, a Chinese/American business man from California. Ray wanted to photograph as many birds as possible. It is always interesting to see the many approaches people have to photography, their choices of equipment, field craft, camera settings etc etc. Always something to learn and to share. 

At the King's project, Lampakbia, the Indian Cormorants were in breeding plumage.  Gone is the yellow facial skin and added is the nice white ear tuft.

I thought this Little Egret was posing quite nicely!

This pair of Lesser Whistling Tree Ducks were unusually accommodating.
Long-toed Stint

Wood Sandpiper

Long-toed Stints are now starting to show. A very nice sign that shorebirds are on their way back.

Wood Sandpipers were also common in the project.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Eared Pitta

Everyone knows Blue Pitta is difficult. Now multiply that by 5 and you are getting towards the difficult degree of Eared Pitta.

A lot of my pictures I get while birdwatching. In other words, opportunistic photography. But when it comes to Eared Pitta, the opportunity only comes when there is a stake out and a blind set up.

 I spent 6 hours with this bird and in spite of the birds coming and going only got a handful of acceptable images. The bird showed extremely well but in difficult light and always on the move. Very challenging. Well, here is the male. His colors are a bit more intense then the female.

He also did the bulk of the job of finding worms
for the chick as the female spent time in the nest.
She did come out but only a couple of times.

Here she is on her way back into the nest.

It was amazing how quickly those worms were digested. The residue had to be removed frequently!