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    Thailand bird photos

    I have hunted and fished all my life before I came to Thailand and came to love the forests. Now I do all my hunting with a camera and try to get into the forests as often as possible. Thailand has some great forests and some wonderful birdlife with over 1000 species recorded. I would like to post photos of some of the birds I have been lucky enough to get to pose for my cameras.

    If anyone else has any wild bird photos I would love to see them so please join in and post them.



    Black-shouldered Kite, probably the most common bird of prey in Thailand, taken at Singburi.



    Blue-winged Pita a bird of the forest floor. Taken at Hellfire Pass.



    Hainan Blue Flycatcher a small bird of the forest understory that migrates north for the northern summer. Taken at Phu Kae Botanical Gardens Lop Buri.

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    A note on the Camera / Lens etc. used would be an interesting addition to the very good pictures.

    Do you use a Hide?

    Patrick

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    Start of another good thread. Well done.

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    Excellent pictures Birding and I'm also interested in which camera/lenses you are using.

    I bought a telephoto especially for taking photos of birds in Europe and in Thailand but I have struggled with time of late and haven't managed to go out specifically to photo birds. I prefer to set up with a tripod so that I can take medium distance shots without disturbing them too much.



    Having dug a 30x18m pond back in December, it was a pleasure to see a group of swallows visit and fly circuits over our tree-house and the pond. I only had the 105mm macro at the time so this is the best I managed when one of them stopped for a pose on the fence. I think they are Barn Swallows that have migrated from Siberia but open to correction.



    This was taken in August whilst out on a stroll looking for butterflies by the rice farm. My first thought tells me it is a warbler but I haven't got any reference books yet so I'd be grateful if someone can identify it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    A note on the Camera / Lens etc. used would be an interesting addition to the very good pictures.

    Do you use a Hide?

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    Hi Patrick
    The only hide I have is my own and it is getting a bit wrinkled.

    No I walk around slowly.

    Cameras, I use so called bridge cameras, until recently a Canon SX50HS which I could use hand held, I still have it and carry it sometimes.
    I now have a Canon SX60HS which I carry on a tripod for it is to difficult to hold still at full zoom or close to it.

    A couple of recent photos with the 60 and the first decent ones I have been able to get of this bird.



    Male Great Slaty Woodpecker at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.



    And a female.

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    First is a barn Swallow Troy and the second looks to be a Rufescent Prinia a bird I havent seen.

    A great resource for ID is: Oriental Bird Club Image Database : Welcome

    Another for getting bird photos ID'ed and photos from all over the world, also butterflies: BirdForum - The Net's Largest Birding Community, Dedicated To Wild Birds

    Incidentally for butterflies that are not in my little book I use:https://www.flickr.com/groups/1682186@N25/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post


    This was taken in August whilst out on a stroll looking for butterflies by the rice farm. My first thought tells me it is a warbler but I haven't got any reference books yet so I'd be grateful if someone can identify it.
    It looks like a Prinia to me - possibly a Rufescent Prinia.

    Oops. Birding beat me to it.

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    ^ Thanks Birding...

    That is one hell of a zoom you have on that camera...and great pics from it as well.

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    They dont give as good a result as a top quality camera with top lenses but for what I do and the way I do it I think they are best for me.

    They are light to carry and cheap to buy for instance the 50 cost me 12k baht and the 60 15k baht while a good DSLR and long lens would set one back at least 100k baht and weigh probably over 3 kg.

    Some of the places I get into are pretty rough and some might say dangerous, I have already trashed one 50 so yes they suit me with what I do.

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    These are great photos, Thanks Birding, also learned some new things reading this thread

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    Great thread and a really good contribution to Teakdoor.

    Quality stuff.

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    Excellent thread Birding. Cheers. Like you I hunted waterfowl and upland game birds my entire life. Nice to see pictures now. Love the Woodpecker and the Kite. Seen both a couple of times. The woodpeckers are LOUD when doing their thing. Got a headache just listening.

    I plan on doing a thread at some point on insects and reptiles. I have seen some quite intriguing ones in my jungle hikes up North. I have a Canon Rebel T5 with 2 lenses 18-55mm and 75 -300mm. I am have never owned a good camera, always cheapos and usually take with phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Excellent thread Birding. Cheers. Like you I hunted waterfowl and upland game birds my entire life. Nice to see pictures now. Love the Woodpecker and the Kite. Seen both a couple of times. The woodpeckers are LOUD when doing their thing. Got a headache just listening.

    I plan on doing a thread at some point on insects and reptiles. I have seen some quite intriguing ones in my jungle hikes up North. I have a Canon Rebel T5 with 2 lenses 18-55mm and 75 -300mm. I am have never owned a good camera, always cheapos and usually take with phone.
    Go for it start that thread I have a few photos I can contribute.

    Consider an extender for your 75-300 lens Canon DLC: Article: Changing the character of lenses with Canon EF Extenders: Part I

    For longer range shots.

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    Black bird with electric blue points on it. I've been seeing this bird for a while, but can not work out what it is. Any idea?

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    A couple of older photos taken with the SX50HS close to home in Singburi

    Down by the river a Yellow-bellied Prinia calling for a mate (cropped in)



    The very common White-vented Myna.

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    Those pics are awesome. I'll post a couple of mine from my cheap camera.
    Birds that have visited my garden...


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    Green-billed malkoha

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    Hoopoe.





    Snake beat me to this one!

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    Juvenile Racket-Tailed Drongo.


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    Good one Charlieboy. You are lucky to have a garden that birds visit, I have to go away from home to see anything.

    Todays contribution two small birds from Chong Yen, Mae Wong National park both taken with the SX50HS.



    Male Little Pied Flycatcher.



    Silver-eared Mesia.

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    ^ Nice colours.

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    Silver-eared Mesia. Fantastic!

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    Eagle has landed.



    Crested Serpent Eagle. Mae Wong River May Wong N P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy
    Juvenile Racket-Tailed Drongo.
    That must be a made up comedy name?

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