A New Favourite

Didn’t have the motivation to finish the piece on my 3 day trip to Chiang Rai. Since I did post most of the relevant pictures on my twitter. Maybe I’ll finish it off later but now I’m more compelled to write about my new favourite park in Bangkok. I only recently went to Benjakitti for the second time, 2 weeks ago, and the past 2 days I’ve spent nearly 10 hours here and have gotten the hang of the place.

Black Bittern discovered 2 weeks ago.

2 Weeks ago, the major highlight was this Black Bittern, upon returning yesterday, I managed to see it again! And today, I did see it briefly in flight. I must be quite lucky with this bird, as nobody else has sighted it since it’s been here, and I’ve seen it 3 out of 3 times.

Spotted Owlet

The second sighting of Black Bittern was an unforgettable one, as it consumed a medium-sized fish before disappearing into the reeds. It sort of climbed into them.

Black Bittern, amazing sighting from yesterday.

Yesterday I also saw Cinnamon Bittern and Yellow alongside the Black. This Bangkok park holds all three!

Cinnamon Bittern

As well as the Bitterns, the park holds a healthy number of Reed Warblers. In the past 2 days I’ve witnessed many Black-browed Reed Warblers, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Thick-billed Warbler and Oriental Reed Warbler without too much trouble. It will stay an incredible place for them if they don’t keep cutting down the reeds, which they happen to do. I’m still listening out for a Lanceolated Warbler here at the park but it’s been recorded by others.

Yesterday’s Oriental Reed Warbler sighting.

Weather has been absolutely amazing recently with cool winds and overcast middays, so I picked a good time visit. Today, I was going to twitch the Chinese Blackbird at my old favourite park but it wasn’t showing today, unfortunately. But they day was well spent at my new favourite park. What initially sparked the interest to this park in the past week was sighting of Garganey. I haven’t found any but found a lot of other birds!

Black-winged Cuckooshrike showing very well today and yesterday.
Nice to have Little Grebes inside the city, another nice species for the city which is also present is Common Moorhen.
Plaintive Cuckoo are abundant.
Plain-backed Sparrow are abundant, even more so than the House Sparrows but behind the Eurasian Tree Sparrows.
Shrikes are also frequently seen with many Brown Shrikes (Brown) and some Philippine subspecies about like this one.
Not surprising, it’s an easy spot to see Common Kingfisher.

I will be back here more, especially when spring migration is in full swing! Stay tuned.

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