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  1. AjarnNorth

    For The Birds !

    One of my favorites. And one of the birds that got me hooked on birding when i was up in Surin. I have actually never seen one in a cage. Were they caged pet birds or "merit releases"?
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    Birds in your garden

    Olive-backed Sunbird
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    Birds in your garden

    Yep. You can see the crest in Skeptic's blow up. Definitely BC Bulbul. Cool birds. And YB Tailorbird are Philipines only, I think. But you (your wife) are right that Grajib is Thai for Tailorbird. And while you may have been seeing and hearing mostly bulbuls, it's likely tailorbirds were around wherever that guest house is. Of the 5 species in Thailand, two are common throughout - Common TB and Dark-necked TB. So the guest house is probably not improperly named. By the way, google tailorbirds and get a look at how they nest build to find out why they are called tailorbirds. Pretty amazing...
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    Birds in your garden

    It's definitely not a tailorbird.
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    Looking for Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

    Yep. They are good cameras for specific purposes. I am a birder so the manual zoom is key. Thanks for the link, though. I may take a used one and see how it goes.
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    Birds in your garden

    Hard to tell from this distance and the play/pause button is right over the bird, but best guess without a decent still photo is Black-crested Bulbul.
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    Birds in your garden

    Don't think those occur here. Got any photos?
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    Looking for Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

    Yes, of course. And have called Fuji Thailand. And found the same site you found. But as far as I can tell, they don't have it but are offering to buy it for that price. If I have that wrong, please advise. I am not much of an on-line shopper. But every time I click "go to shop" it only brings me to accessories for this model but doesn not show the actual camera for sale.
  9. I am looking for this model in Thailand. It's a bit dated, but it's what I need and I am hoping that someone may have come across one in a camera shop somewhere. If anyone has recently seen one or comes across one, please do let me know. There are used ones available on ebay and such but I prefer new. Thanks.
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    Birds in your garden

    Nah, same rules. There were just a couple I saw just a few steps off my property that I may not have seen from my property so I didn't include them. One was a Siberian Rubythroat and the other was a Verditer FC. Photos of both and just steps awy, but definitively not from my property line which was well marked off with a low wall. That was Surin and I think I sent you that information.
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    Birds in your garden

    Nice. You just surpassed my Surin Yard List of 109, though I did a keep at least a couple off that list that I saw literally steps away from my yard. Stickler for the rules, I suppose. Surin was 109 yard and 176 surrounding area (about 25 square kilometers). My current Bangsaen, Chonburi list is somewhere around 90, but I would have to go back in this thread and check. What is your location again? Love to see the location and the full list. Keep it up.
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    Birds in your garden

    I would be surprised to hear that there aren't. When I lived on a wetlands in Surin I saw as many as a dozen or more Brahminy Kites a day. I now live in Bangsaen, Chonburi - about half way between Bangkok and Pattaya - and see them very regularly here as well. And in my travels, I have seen them often but have not birded in Chiang Mai much. As for WB Sea Eagles, I also saw them when last in Ko Chang and occasionally see them here.
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    Birds in your garden

    You are unlikely to see a "new" line of sparrow to appear in your lifetime. What you are almost surely seeing is Eurasian-tree, which favor nesting in houses and buildings, light fixtures, etc. - Plain-backed, which favor trees in fields - and House Sparrow, a colonizing species that has made its way from the western edges of Thailand in the early 90s to almost all parts of the country and now up into Laos. Also, your strange Myna mystery seems to have been solved. As I mentioned a few posts ago, yes, I have seen a fair share of "bald" mynas, usually Common, over the years. However, I would guess it's not a part of the moulting process of all Mynas otherwise we'd all be seeing it much more often. I see Common Mynas every day at my home and at my place of work and in other locations I have lived in Thailand and have seen very few "bald" ones. The jury is out as to whether it's a vitamin deficiency, a result of mites of some sort, or etc. If you find conclusive research to argue one or the other cause I would love to see it. Had you mentioned that your "Yellow-headed" birds had no head plumage that would have been a shorter conversation. I don't know what you mean by, "Guess there was a throwback in the birds genes," but that is also unlikely. Thailand is observed my hundreds and hundreds of people. It is very well documented and researched and a lot of that information is found in a few books that would serve anyone well who is interested in IDing birds anywhere in the country. There is also a periodical put out by the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, though it is mostly in Thai. And they have facebook sites where one can submit phot records for ID help and etc. There are surprises still to be found, though they USUALLY tend to be in the way of behavior or range extension. This doesn't rule out the possibility of bigger surprises, though, but new species are unlikely from the garden. I once went on a hunt for a "strange sparrow" in Isaan based on a video clip of a captured bird that seemed to have an odd call. We were given the location and drove out there but were unsuccessful in our attempts to turn up anything in the area other than Eurasian-tree, disappointingly. If you had a decent guide book this would help you a lot. The more you look the more you will learn. But the more information you find out about the possibilities in your area based on what is known of range of this or that species, variations in plumage, etc. and so on, the faster you will get to point of being able to make on-spot IDs without all that much question, except in the case of very difficult species such as warblers, accipiters, and etc.
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    Birds in your garden

    There are only 5 kinds of Mynas in Thailand and only one of them - Golden-crested - has a yellow head and neck. So either you are seeing Golden-crested or not seeing Mynas. Of course, as Skeptic pointed out already, Mynas and Starlings are of the same family, and so that leaves the possibility of your seeing Black-collared Starling, which have a yellow area around the eye and a creamy colored head and neck. Google those and have a look. But if that doesn't match, then you are not seeing Mynas or Starlings, you are seeing something else.
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    Birds in your garden

    Yeah, I know it's not "hair" by the way, but that seemed the best description. I may have pics somewhere but would be hard pressed to find them. I have only seen this with Mynas and i think the occasional sick looking rock pigeon. Have you read about the "Bare-faced Bulbul" found in Laos in 2009? Pretty interesting.
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