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AjarnNorth

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    Birds in your garden

    If you get out in the mangroves, wetlands, rice paddies of Thailand enough then you will eventually come across many sights such as this. I know people are poor and need to eat, but it's a pretty bad way to catch your dinner. This bird - Red-wattled Lapwing - was still alive but I couldn't reach it and even if I could it may not have been wise to cut up someone's net in broad daylight, though I have done so before. I did speak to folks there and tell them my thoughts and the net is down now, but it was likely just moved to a more hidden location.
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    Birds in your garden

    I did this one year while in Surin. It's every January. Focus is wetlands birds... https://south-asia.wetlands.org/our-approach/healthy-wetland-nature/asian-waterbird-census/
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    Birds in your garden

    Bangsaen, Chonburi bird of the day. Osprey. First of the season. 19 October 2018 at very long distance.
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    Birds in your garden

    No time to get out birding yesterday but had this male Plaintive Cuckoo visit the yard. I don't see them often, but hear them almost everywhere and its call is... wait for it... plaintive - which is to say sad and mournful - and, of course, thus the name - and often distant. Easy to go unnoticed, but if you live here, even in Bangkok as long as there are some trees about, and you listen, it's often there.
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    Birds in your garden

    @Skeptic7Congrats on the big day. I wish I had known because I would have participated. Let me know when the May big day rolls around, but the October big day will almost always be better here.
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    Birds in your garden

    Agreed. And possibly also mixed with some Black-winged Stilt, which would be common as these two species are often found in close proximity. Apparently, US soldiers in the war with Vietnam used to call Red-Wattled Lapwing "communist birds" because when trying to walk quietly through paddy land unobserved, the RW Lapwing would take to the air with their alarm-call and announce their presence.
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    For The Birds !

    Bird of the day. Grey-headed Lapwing (juvenile). Bangsaen, Chonburi, 12 Oct 2018. Only the fourth time I have seen this species - first in Surin many years ago and three times since here - and all four sightings have been of just one bird.
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    For The Birds !

    Went up to my old patch in Surin last weekend (Huai Saneneg Reservoir) and had a quick look around. No time to really get into what was out there but good to see some of the old familiars that I don't often see here in Chonburi. Black Drongo; Brahminy Kite (juv); Black-shouldered Kite; Chestnut Munia; Indian Roller; Pied Buschchat (juv) and Stonechat (male); Purple Swamphen (aka Black-backed). I do see all these here in Chonburi, just not as regularly as up there. I also saw - but did not get photos of - Red Avadavat, Pheasant-tailed jacana, etc.
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    For The Birds !

    Nice. I have only seen SBKF twice - once in Bang Phra, Chonburi and another time in Sanghalaburi.
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    Birds in your garden

    Agree with Skeptic. Really need a photo to be sure, but if they are just blue and gray then a guess would be Collared Kingfisher, which are usually coastal. Common Kingfisher have rufous underparts. I have attached a photo of a Collared Kingfisher here.
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    Birds in your garden

    Yep. Good get. And already reported to "the authorities." The bird was kind enough to come around my yard this morning - likely the same individual, though hard to be certain of course. Also a group of Red-breasted Parakeets. Pics of each attached.
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    Birds in your garden

    Early arrival Ashy Drongo (leucogenis) 28 September 2018, Bangsaen, Chonburi. Philip Round's "The Birds of the Bangkok Area" has 3 October for earliest definitive arrival. Seems a lot of the winter visitors are early this year. ID'd first by call around 5:00 PM, found and photographed just down the soi at 5:17 PM. Annual winter visitor on my soi, but usually doesn't arrive until first week of October according to my records (7 October last year). 18 photos, but none much better than this (cropped) one.
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    Birds in your garden

    Brahminy Kite (adult); Brahminy Kite (juvenile); Common Redshank (1); Common Redshank (2); Common Grenshank; Little Egret (breeding plumage) taking flight; Little Egret (breeding plumage) at rest; Oriental White-eye (1); Oriental White-eye (3); Pied Fantail; Red-necked Stint (1) with Little Ringed Plovers (2); Red-necked Stint (front) with Little Ringed Plover (back); as before; Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker; Common Tailorbird, Whimbrel; Whimbrel. All are resident and rather common here, except for the Redshank, the Greenshank, the plovers, and the Stint which are all winter visitors, but common winter visitors to this area.
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    Birds in your garden

    Bangsaen, Chonburi, from yard to shore, highlights of morning 28 September 2018. Highlight for me was the Red-necked Stint. Apparently common winter visitor to this area and I may have seen it many times before, but first definitive ID due to easy confusion among stints.
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    Birds in your garden

    And these plovers from this late afternoon/evening in Bangsaen, Chonburi - also from down the road, so not "yard birds." Maybe the best pics I have thus far illustrating Lesser Sand Plovers from Greater Sand Plovers. For diagnostic differences, consult your guide book/s. Unless they are standing next to each other, very difficult.
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