Friday, September 22, 2017


Time for some fun LBJ's (Little Brown Jobs)..

Dusky Warbler ...Phylloscopus fuscatus
Radd'es Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi

During mid winter these birds inhabit different habit zones. During migration they may overlap.

Dusky has a strong preference to mangroves, scrub near water causes.
It has a soft but sharp tick call that is easy to ID.
The bill is smaller and the bird is slightly smaller then Radde's as well.

Radde's has more color to it, looks chunkier and with a stronger bill. The supercilium is stronger and slightly bordered darker above. The call is a chuck with more strength then Dusky but not as intense.
Most often found in forested areas near to forest breaks.

Dusky Warbler

Radde's Warbler

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Owls of Sweden

Tawny Owl

Long-eared Owl
 During a 4 weeks visit to Sweden in May/June 2018 I had the opportunity to visit several friends and relatives. I had a secret wish for this visit and that was to see owls as I had previously only seen Tawny Owl.

Through the help of these friends and details posted online plus my own birding I was able to add another 6 species to my collection.

All these owls were seen during day hours as well making it possible to photograph them in good light.

I have yet to see Snowy Owl, Barn Owl and Little
 Owl  in Sweden so there is reason to look for more in the future.

 Great Gray Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

Short-eared Owl

Ural Owl

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brown Prinia

Back in 2001 I got a picture of a Brown Prinia at Nam Nao National Park. It was the 1st image to be uploaded to of the species. I haven't seen this bird ever since. It has a limited presence in Thailand and is seldom seen on regular birding trips.

This time I hoped to get on to the bird again. It was very quiet to be honest but I did find a pair. I recorded the birds and stayed with them for a while learning their various sounds. Contact call, alarm call and territorial song.

The birds dont have any obvious supercilium as opposed to Rufescent Prinia. There also is nothing white on the tail. Easiest quick way to ID is through vocalizations. 

It was very difficult to get pictures as they kept on the move and often obscured by vegetation. In the end I got something to show for even though I forgot to extend my lens to its full 400mm and instead shot at 248. Grr!