Life In The Fields

On the same day that I photographed the flock Pin-tailed Snipes in my local patch, I also got to photograph some other wildlife that showed up in the same area as well. Here’s a compilation of some of the photos I took from a hide.

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Javan Mongoose is a common and widespread mammal throughout northern Thailand. It lives mainly in grassland and agricultural areas. This one here was constantly walking up and down the ditch where the snipes were staying making the them a bit nervous. I was glad to photograph it nicely since it’s normally a very shy animal.

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This Chinese Pond Heron moulting into breeding plumage dropped in briefly before flying off after noticing the shutter sound.

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A pair of White-breasted Waterhens was also staying in the same area as the snipes. They were very vocal and frequently came up to call and dry their wings among the snipes. Despite being one of the commonest birds in Thailand, I couldn’t resist taking photos of them among the green paddies.

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At times they’d come really close to the hide. Male bird has brighter and more yellow bill than the female.

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…And some more photos of the Pin-tailed Snipes. I took over 1,000 shots of them on that day, so bear with me for a while.

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As the sun got extremely strong, the snipes finally did what I thought they’d do, sunbathing. It is the best time for the identification of snipes because most of the tail feathers are revealed when the bird is sunbathing. As you can see from the photos above, some of the pin-like outer tail feathers are shown and proved that the bird was a 100% Pin-tailed Snipe.

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After adjusting the brightness and contrast, the outer tail feathers become clearer. I think this one can be safely identified as another Pin-tailed Snipe.

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I also managed to take some photos of the snipes in flight as well but most of them were not clear enough for identification.

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Can’t be sure what this one is. Any comment would be appreciated.

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Not sure about this one either. I wonder if it’s possible to identify from this kind of photo.

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3 thoughts on “Life In The Fields

  1. Great set of bird pictures, Ayuwat. I’m sorry but I dare not try to ID them and trust you more. Love that mongoose too. Excellent looking animal.

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