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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy
    Juvenile Racket-Tailed Drongo.
    That must be a made up comedy name?
    Nope thats the name of a bird and there are a Greater and Lesser Racket tailed Drongo as well as Black Drongo, Spangled Drongo, Bronzed Drongo and Ashy Drongo in Thailand

    I wont go into how many Drongos there are in OZ.

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    Do they have Great Tits and Lesser Tits in Oz too?

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    Think they just got rid of one of the great variety Betty, used to be the PM.

    Moving on....A Chinese tourist.

    Chinese Sparrowhawk at Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park




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    In a tree by a swamp near home. Juvenile Purple Heron.



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    Majestic

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    Just got back from a few days in the forest of Thap Lan National Park and one of the birds I photographed there is this male Black-headed woodpecker.
    Males have a red cap while the females do not.


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    Thanks.

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    Another woodpecher for today



    Male Greater Flameback.



    Male and female on the same tree. Again the male is the one with the red cap.

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    Birding I've been cycling past this spot for months now but in the last week or so I've noticed these birds. After a good Google I believe them to be Swallows. For reasons unknown to me they remain between the two same electricity poles. Is there a a particular reason why? My cycle route is 25km and these Swallows don't appear in any other place than the photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Birding I've been cycling past this spot for months now but in the last week or so I've noticed these birds. After a good Google I believe them to be Swallows. For reasons unknown to me they remain between the two same electricity poles. Is there a a particular reason why? My cycle route is 25km and these Swallows don't appear in any other place than the photo.
    Perhaps their nest is nearby.

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    Could well be. The walkways/banks on the rice paddy's are soft enough for nesting.
    The more primitive species nest in existing cavities, for example in an old woodpecker nest, while other species excavate burrows in soft substrate such as sand banks.

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    Are they barn swallows or ashy wood-swallows?

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    I'm no bird expert but after Google-ing I'd say Barn Swallows.

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    This is the best shot I could get. I was on maximum zoom.


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    Yeah, barn swallows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Yeah, barn swallows.
    Indeed they are Barn Swallows and most migrate back and forth from the north in the northern summer and south to places like Thailand in the northern winter.

    There are a few which stay in Thailand all year round but I dont know if they actually nest here as their nesting season is when they are in their northern territory.

    They like to rest on wires particularly above water and hawk for insects on the wing which must take fantastic eyesight and coordination. Think trying to catch a mossie with a pair of tweezers.

    Here is one sitting on a lotus seed head in a swamp :


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    Heading off to the forest tomorrow for a few days in a place I've never been before so I will post another bird before I go.

    Two heads are better than one.



    Little Grebe on a calm pond.

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    Collered Falconet, Huai Mae Dee.


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    Great pics, mate!

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    Blue throated Barbet.



    After a week back in the dirty old town another escape to the forests tomorrow, Mae Wong River for a week or so then Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary for another.

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    What a great forum.

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    Green Peafowl


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    Lesser Whistling Duck and Ducklings


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    Recently on a trip to Huai Mae Dee I was lucky to get a look and quick photo of this Great Hornbill.



    These are real big birds and their wing beats can be heard before they come into sight.

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