White-throated KingfisherI have a busy schedule here in Thailand with work occupying me on weekdays from about 7:00 am to 17:00h. I teach a number of additional classes in the evenings and also on Saturday mornings. Add in a family with a 2 year old son and another baby on the way! So I grab every opportunity for birding that I can and most Wednesdays from about 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm I head to the nearby rice paddy. It's a massive area and because it is flat there is generally some sort of breeze. At the moment the weather and lighting conditions can be highly variable with a lot of rain the norm right now together with humidity and overcast conditions. Not ideal photography conditions.
Just nice to be out birding and to be able to take a few pics of the more common species - a rather worn White-throated Kingfisher, a Plain Prinia and Red-wattled Lapwing and Blue-tailed Bee-eater. I am enjoying my digiscoping at the moment as I am getting some decent shots thanks to understanding the histogram!
The highlight yesterday evening was flushing a Black Bittern from some long reeds. This is a bird I really want to shoot as it is a real beauty, black with yellow facial streaks extending to its back. I think I need to get set up in the hide and wait for it to show!