Sunday, 12 June 2011
I counted 76 Small Pratincoles and managed a couple of pictures of juveniles. Now I really know nothing about the life cycle of birds but I am presuming these juvenile birds are this year's yield. And I am also presuming that a bird is a juvenile for one season only. Ditto with the Oriental. And I am expecting to show up one day soon and find the Small Pratincoles have gone. The size of the juvenile suggests it is approaching full size.
I had a good look around today and I was sad to notice that one of my favourite areas is now inaccessible. This is where i have seen Osprey, Darter and Rain Quail. A large manmade pond is where the road once was and the alternative road has been bull dozed away. Now it did cross my mind this might be a good thing as it should restrict human activities...... I know how to access the area but it will involve a walk.
Elsewhere I once more heard Chinese Francolin, in a new location, but alas no sight of it. Some brief glimpses of quail but not enough to make any IDs. I suspect Rain Quail. A couple of distant Bronze-winged Jacanas, White-throated Kingfishers and lots of Golden Weavers and Green Bee-eaters. Lots of Indochinese Bushlarks and Paddyfield Pipits too. I took a few shots of a Black-shouldered Kite at a distance of over 1 kilometre off and one came out reasonably well. I can't find it now and fear I have deleted it!
Posted by Gerry Brett at 8:55:00 pm