Sunday, 24 April 2011

Easter Sunday at Huay Mai Teng Reservoir

Bright-capped Cisticola
Cisticola exilis

Yellow-eyed Babbler
 Chrysomma sinense
 Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla flava
Small Pratincole
Glareola lactea
Lesser Whistling-duck
Dendrocygna javanica
All photographs shot in the Huay Mai Teng Reservoir area, Ratchaburi Province, Thailand

Another dawn start today at Huay Mai Teng Reservoir but fortunately only a short 25 minute drive from home to meet my friend Tom Backlund . On arrival Tom was purring because he had seen and heard  Savanna Nightjar and had heard Rain Quail.

We spent the morning driving around various sites in the area which comprises a variety of habitats. The highlights : Small Pratincoles are breeding here as Tom saw and photographed some chicks; a lot of Yellow-eyed Babblers; lots of good birds including Oriental Skylark, Indochinese Bushlark, Painted Snipe, Grey-breasted Prinia, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Brown Shrike, Green Bee-eater, Bright-capped Cisticola, Zittling Cisticola, Lesser-whistling Duck, Bronze-winged Jacana, Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail, Asian Koel……

The downside is the rapid changes occurring to habitats. Roads are being bull-dozed to service aquaculture developments, trees planted and scrub and wood cleared.

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