Today I was considering returning straight back to the spot I visited yesterday in Nakhon Pathom, as I was fairly certain I saw Rain Quail but didn’t get any photos, just seen through binoculars and later, when I accidentally flushed a pair. A pair that were almost under my feet. That seemed to be one of the signs of Rain Quail.
Anyway, the plan fell through and I ended sticking to my local area and going to the park in the Public Relations department, followed by a couple hours at Sirikit Park and finally 2 hours at Rotfai park. The PR department is excellent for a ratio of size to species. Not much walking but a decent chance at birds. I was able to see Hair-crested Drongo which was still sticking around.
It was rather quiet, to be expected at midday for birds, but I left satisfied with the brief visit. Before leaving I tackled the challenge of taking picture of a Yellow-browed Warbler, at first I wasn’t certain which warbler it was, but eventually confirmed with some playback. After the playback it settled slightly, allowing for a decent snapshot.
Next I made my way to Sirikit Park. Nothing stood out, I normally can separate the Pale-legged Leaf Warbler and Sakhalin Leaf Warbler by checking the audio but had a weirdly tough time with one calling bird which was, according to my analyser, slightly off key. Later on, I waited for another beside the water and got a Sakhalin. The young male Chinese Blue Flycatcher was still showing amazingly. Apart from that, Asian Barred Owlet being chased by a Large-billed Crow was something I hadn’t seen in a while.
On to Rotfai Park. Usually the better place to see Kingfishers, and I did see a pair of Black-capped Kingfisher and one Common Kingfisher buzzing over one of the large bodies of water. I enjoy watching interaction between species and was nice to watch a Coppersmith Barbet share a branch with a Red Collared-dove. What was notable today was the vast amount of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, I counted around 20, which is a record for me at the park.
The day ended nicely with the calls of a Lineated Barbet which I heard at the same spot last week. The daylight faded, making way for the rising moon and it was time to leave.
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