Monday, February 25, 2019

Thailand Birding - Day 5 - Leave it to Weaver

February 15, 2019 - our last day of birding in Thailand. We had ample time to do one final birding on the grounds of Baan Maka before our driver will pick us up and take us to our hotel near the airport in Bangkok.

Surprisingly, a huge flock of Oriental Pied Hornbills were flying about enjoying the cool morning air.

Another surprise in the sense that this was the first time we saw this species in our five day stay here, was this skulker, the Greater Coucal.

Near the fruiting tree, my wife took some pictures of a tiny, active bird. Looking at them when we were already at our home in the Philippines, we were still trying to figure out what that bird was. My guess is Two-barred Warbler which would be a lifer if it were so.

At the restaurant as we waited for our ride, we noticed some bird activities near the creek. There a couple of Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikes were perched on a branch.

Near the feeder, we got another lifer - the Puff-throated Babbler.

Then it was time for us to go. We told the driver that we will be on the look out for birds and if we see something interesting, we will ask him to stop. In addition to that, we instructed him to stop when we reach the area where the rice fields were. 

Other than the usual White-throated Kingfishers and Indian Rollers we didn't see anything new along the road. Soon we were at the rice fields and there were some birds - Asian Openbills, Egrets, Drongos, etc. I was taking some shots at these birds when Cynthia and the driver alerted me and pointed at some small birds just next to where were parked. And that was our last lifer of our Thailand sortie - the Asian Golden Weaver.

As we were about to leave, another surprise was a female Pied Bush Chat that seemingly wanted to pass herself off as another Weaver.

And now to face the horrendous traffic once again.

After close to four hours since we left Baan Maka, we arrived at our hotel in Bangkok. First thing we noticed was the abundance of Zebra Doves. They were roaming along the busy street in front of the hotel.

While we were resting in our room, we saw from our window more Zebra Doves at the aisle behind the hotel. We decided to go down and see what other birds reside there. There was a very friendly Malaysian Pied Fantail that was foraging the trash bins.

The House Sparrows, on the other hand, were shyer and preferred the bushy area.

Another ubiquitous bird in the urban area is, as its name implies, the Common Myna.

And with that our birding trip to Thailand came to a close.

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