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Thailand Day 8 Kaeng Lawa Lake and area HEN HARRIER!

17th February 2023

Three days ago and had only seen two Yellow-breasted Bunting, both back home on Scilly. In the last two days it’s gone crazy with some 170 birds at Kaeng Lawa Lake.

After a good show two days ago, I returned to south to Kaeng Lawa Lake. I focused on the west side this time and it proved to be not a bad move. First stop off the scooter was the stake out bridge and here there was a single Pied Kingfisher and a new species, Streaked Weaver. A search just below the bridge and Dusky, Black-browed Reed and Oriental Warbler appeared to be all over the shop. Just up road I pulled into a scrubby area and a Burmese Shrike kept it’s distance and was my second new species of the day followed by a Savanna Nightjar that I kicked up by mistake. There were also 2 Brown Shrike and a great site to see were at least 100 Yellow-breasted Bunting. I put up a Painted Snipe and it flew off across the road where I thought I would give it twenty minutes birding. As a result there were Richard’s Pipit, 3 Zitting Cisticola, Spotted Owlet, 2 Feckle-breasted Woodpecker and Night Heron.

This Streaked Weaver was a new species

Oriental Reed Warbler

Dusky Warbler

I didn’t get so close to this Savanna Nightjar after kicking it from it’s roost site already and was another new species

Love shrikes and as this Burmese Shrike was a new species also, I spent a lot time with it. However, this individual spent it’s time stuck up high in a tall tree and with a dull milky sky, it didn’t help with photography

There were also 2 Brown Shrike nearby

A few of the 100 Yellow-breasted Bunting showed very well at close range

The only other country that I’ve seen Painted Snipe was four birds in Gambia some 3 year ago

Up to 3 Zitting Cisticola were across the road

I followed a single track off the main road where I finally found the Garganey. 300+ of them with a very high count of some 30 Teal. Surely one of the mega ducks was goin to be in there somewhere. It was hard work but after a good hour, I gave up with no sign of the Falcated Duck or Baikal Teal. Also had another 6 Yellow-breasted Bunting. It was while scanning from a bridge that I picked up a harrier over the reeds which I immediately identified as a male Hen Harrier. Surely that’s a rarity in Thailand and I fired off a few distant shots only to see it disappear. Later on I discovered that there are just over fifty sighting in Thailand and if this male is accepted, it will be the first recorded in east of the country!

The last thing I suspected to see was this mega, male Hen Harrier fly through and I just got these distant record shots but you can still clearly see what is.

Garganey with Teal

Pied Bushchat

Dusky Warbler are vocal all over the shop

Great Myna taking a free ride on Water Buffalio

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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