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.