Thursday, June 6, 2013

Birds of Northern Thailand - Part 2

On the 2nd day of the trip we headed up Doi Lang. We left the hotel at 6.00 am and by 7.00 am we reached the first birding location.

The orange-light of the dawn at far side of the horizon:

We set-up blinds at our first birding location and waited anxiety for the Mountain Bamboo Partridge. 

Unfortunately the target did not show up and it was probably disturbed by the loud talking noise from another 2 blinds at our opposite location, Arrh......... !

The first species that appeared was the Olive-backed Pipit :

The next one was my first lifer of the day, Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush (Male and Female) :
Male Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush

After that we decided to come out from the blind and looked for birds along the road. Guide A heard a vibrating trill of "duiduiduiduidui", he quickly pointed towards a tree. It was a Chestnut-vented Nuthatch perched high up at a small branch. I managed to make few shots but the Nuthatch took off and flew away.

After 1/2 hour later, we hit the road and headed to the next location. This location was the highlight of the day. This was the location where birders had sighted species of White-browed Laughingthrush and Spot-breasted Laughingthrush.

My another lifer of the day, Spot-breasted Laughingthrush:

White-browed Laughingthrush:

White-bellied Redstart, a winter migrant from the Northern Hemisphere:

Siberian Rubythroat (Female) :

Later in the afternoon, at the same location, I managed to photographed the Spot-breasted Parrotbill :

The "Grand Finale" of the day, a very rare resident species, Cutia.

As the sun was going down on the far horizon, the evening sun casted an orange light on the mountain road. It created a very beautiful scenery. You can almost hear the gentle breeze as you see the light wavy movements of the greenery lining the road and it gave the area a very peaceful ambience. This is one of those most treasured and prized moment that comes along with bird photography. 

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