Sunday, 1 April 2012

A Gentle Sunday Afternoon at Huay Mai Teng Reservoir

Indian Nightjar

The quality and range of birds at Huay Mai Teng Reservoir, Ratchaburi never ceases to amaze me. I spent  a few hours there this afternoon and after all the usual suspects have been included, that is the birds you would expect to find here, the list reads something like this: Red-throated Pipit, Oriental Pratincole ( including three fledglings - real cuties I hasten to add), Yellow Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Osprey, Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Small Pratincole, Plain-backed Sparrow, Oriental Skylark, Indochinese Bushlark, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Common HoopoeGrey-breasted Prinia, Yellow-eyed BabblerBronze-winged Jacana, Oriental Darter, Pied Kingfisher, and Indian Nightjar. Note, some regulars are missing: no Rain Quail or Savanna Nightjar. 

I shot the Indian Nightjar at 7.00 pm in the  dark with the help of my headlights. I stopped the car, positioned the beam on the bird, switched off the engine and used the car door as a hide. Amazingly this is a digiscoped image. Fortunately the bird sat still and let me do my stuff. Not many birds would be so obliging. 
Small Pratincole

I noted 4 Small Pratincole at the usual place. This appears to be about it for this year. Maybe more will arrive but this is a massive decrease on last year's numbers. I have to say the level of land reclamation and clearance for cultivation in the area is quite staggering. I wonder if there is a connection.

So not a bad few hours.

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