Purple Swamphen - juvenile
A dawn start at Bueng Boraphet held no real surprises. As we are heading north I restricted myself to a brief walk along the nature trail on the south side of the reservoir. The effects of last year's floods are still evident with Mr Panom's premises a fraction of the size they were before. We said hello - I didn't want to go out onto the boat. Along the nature trail all the usual water birds, lots of weavers starting to build nests, lots of Thick-billed Warblers by sound, Oriental Reed-warblers, Plain Prinias, lots of coucals, a Cinnamon Bittern, lots of White-breasted Waterhen, 2 Oriental Darters flew past,many Streak-eared Bulbuls, a few Yellow-vented Bulbuls. The unexpected species were a Forest Wagtail, a passage migrant I wonder, and a Red-whiskered Bulbul; this latter more on account of seeing it in the wild as opposed to a cage as they are incredibly popular with the Thais on account of their sweet singing vocalisation. We are heading for Mae Wong today so must get along!
Sunrise over Bueng Boraphet