The area is growing very fast. It must be pretty hard on many species of birds here. Not much original habitat left around the river. Anyway, since the area is growing I decided to stay another month and explore a little more.
I am a photographer, not a professional birder or bird guide. So, I see many birds that I do not post. My goal is a nice picture of the bird, not a record shot. So very few birds I see get displayed on my site.
My skills as a photographer come from hunting when I was a young man. To photograph birds it is necessary to learn the birds habits. So that is more of a challenge for me at this point rather than photography. As of five years ago I could not tell one bird from another. I had no interest in birding what so ever.
Wildlife photography has gotten me interested in the habitat, or lack of it! The wildlife in this area is under enormous pressure. Quite frankly I am amazed there are any birds left! The larger animals have vanished long ago.
I am not into causes or politics. But, the government needs to set aside a few hundred rai of land on the river for a small N.P. in my opinion. Thailand is blessed with many nice parks. One more would be nice... hint hint...
On with the pics:
This first bird is a first for me. Never heard of it until I arrived in the area. Not suppose to be a bird of Thailand so interesting to view and photograph.
Firethroat (Luscinia pectardens)
500mm, F/5.6, 1/100, ISO 3200
Click on the pic for a larger view.
Siberian rubythroat (Luscinia calliope)
500mm, F/8.0, ISO 2500, 1/60
It popped in to get a drink when I was photographing the Slaty-breasted rail. Did not stay but a few seconds. So was happy to get this shot. Also was banded. A good sign.
Jerdon's bush chat (Saxicola jerdoni)
700mm, F/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 1250
I have been hunting for the Water rail, no luck as yet. So I shot this guy when he showed up.
Slaty-breasted rail (Gallirallus striates)
700mm, F/5.6, 1/800, ISO 1250
It is not on the regular birding tour in Thailand. So pretty quiet on the tourist front. As far as birding goes.
Allot of tourists in the area passing threw. Most come to see the ancient temples in the area. Very nice by the way.
All the best, and good birding, Gary