Other Birds @ Mae Hia

So this post will be dedicated to all other birds apart from the pipits that showed up at the dry plantation plot where I set up my hide. Species wise, not so many and nothing exciting, but getting to see these common birds up close is also enjoying for me.

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Male Pied Bush Chat singing

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This male Pied Bush Chat was very tame and visited the plot regularly. It looked really smart in its full breeding plumage with jet black body contrasting to the white rump and under tail coverts. It also regularly performed its short sweet song.

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Female Pied Bush Chat showing the rufous rump

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The female was almost always nearby. It was also in a breeding plumage with faint dark streaks on the underparts.

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This Black Drongo was a bit annoying because it kept stealing insects from other birds, especially the pipits. It normally spent its time chilling on an open perch on the corner of the plot but once it spotted any bird with food, it would dash in and try to steal it.

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As the temperature rose, I spotted this male Oriental Honey Buzzard slowly circling up from the hill at the edge of the field. I think it is a brown morphed male of the resident race ‘ruficollis’ which has been seen at this area for several years now.

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Closer to the ground, there was this adult Rufous-winged Buzzard which stayed on the same perch for almost an hour. Finally it caught something on the ground and after finishing its meal, it decided to fly back into the forest edge.

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This White Wagtail was the only individual seen on that day. It is the subspecies ‘leucopsis’ which is the commonest subspecies in Thailand. I can’t be quite sure about of age and sex though. I guess most of the White Wagtails still hadn’t arrived back from the south yet. When I visited Mae Hia in autumn, there were more than 20 of these in the same plot.

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Chinese Pond Herons were numerous. Most of them were still in their non-breeding plumage but the one above has already shown some chestnut breeding feathers on its head and neck. Not only that the water brought out the insects from underground, it also brought out many small frogs which attracted these pond herons.

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