Return of the Oriental Scops-Owls

Just over a week ago, the Oriental Scops-Owls returned to their yearly wintering site in Phutthamonthon Park. Since their arrival, I’ve already been to check on them 3 times. So far, only making out 3 individuals. There’s a mixture of plumages including grey and brown morphs. I will showcase some of the pictures I’ve taken from the last visits:

Cute and bear-like. 6th Nov 22.
Brown coloured Oriental Scops-Owl. 6th Nov 22.
Grey morph Oriental Scops-Owl. 8th Nov 22.
8th Nov 22.
One ear up. 10th Nov 22.
Silent presence. 10th Nov 22.

Today, I went aiming to see one of the White-rumped Shamas. With a background aim of searching for any Rock-Thrushes and taking a better photo of the Chestnut-winged Cuckoo which has been hanging about. 2 Days ago I was happy to finally find an Orange-headed Thrush at the park but it evaded the camera, the last few visits have also given great views of a perched Peregrine Falcon.

Peregrine Falcon enjoying dinnertime. 6th Nov 2022.

Searching at the right spot, it didn’t take long to find the White-rumped Shama. I think I saw two individuals in the bamboo grove, the male eventually allowed for a nice photo.

White-rumped Shama in the bamboo. 10th Nov 22.

The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, from what I’ve gathered, has been evading most people’s cameras. It’s very flighty and shy. Last time I only managed an out-of-focus shot but today I ran into it, in a more forgiving position, allowing for something decent. Taken from a distance but fully sharp.

Finally capturing the Chestnut-winged Cuckoo. 10th Nov 22.

The past couple weeks have been filled with White-throated Rock-Thrushes in Bangkok but I’ve yet to see one at Phutthamonthon. A few days ago a Blue Rock-Thrush was spotted but I missed it, so I will be on the look-out.

Male White-throated Rock-Thrush at the DPR. 5th Nov 22.
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