About 3:30 pm Brian and I took to the water once more this time joined by my wife and son and we headed over to the Siberian Rubythroat site where we picked up Bill who had gone back to get more shots of this beauty. It was time to fill our boots with pictures of more common birds: Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Black-Shouldered Kite, Long-tailed Shrike, Brown Shrike, Barn Swallow, Little Cormorants, Openbill,Purple Swamphen, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Common Coot, Grey Heron, Black Drongo, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, Black Bittern, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Striated Grassbird, a solitary Common Moorhen seemed out of place and a few unidentified LBJ......little brown jobs.
The pièce de resistance came at the end of the day when Mr Phanom took us to a roosting site overflowing with openbill, cormorants, egrets and upon close examination there were about 20 + Black Headed Ibises and 3 or 4 Darters. I wouldn't like to estimate how many birds were here - 10,000 +? I don't know but it was a truly amazing spectacle and what a racket! Bill allowed me to plug my EOS body into his 500 mm telephoto lens.
A Bees' Nest
We made it back to terra firma in the pitch dark about 19:30h with my little boy sound asleep in his mother's arms. What an unforgettable day! I would recommend any birder visiting Thailand to include Bueng Boraphet on their itinerary, it really is an overwhelming in-your-face experience.