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    What Kind of Birds Are These?

    10 days ago I came home to about 70 big birds nesting in my trees and the klong behind my house. Yesterday my daughter got this picture. Does anybody know what type of birds thes are. Wide wingspan and love to glide. Really at least a meter wide on the big ones. Thanks.




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    Openbill storks by the looks.

    Have you got rice fields near your house ao? They like diving in for food.

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    They have a big long artificial klong to feed in well stocked with little fish, worms, crabs and the such. They can walk and feed. Thanks. Really long legs as well. Comes up to their knees. lol

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    I used to live in that house. Surrounded by acre upon acre of rice field. The wildlife we saw was amazing. The storks would circle then dive for fish. Great to watch..


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    View from the house. Best place I've ever lived..


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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Openbill storks by the looks.
    I believe you're correct, Slap.

    We'll have them in numbers [Surin and Sukhothai], largely in the rainy season - amongst the feathery water fowl brethren that tend to migrate with respected season.

    Let's see.....AO lives near Dom Muang. Early March.
    Odd. Perhaps not for the swampy basin.

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    Gentlemen, if you're really interested - there are a couple of supreme and detailed books regarding birds [of every sort] of Thailand.

    Worth a look.

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    They is chickens.

    Bastards are everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Does anybody know what type of birds these are?
    Those are Chernobyl Pigeons. Heard they've been migrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Openbill storks
    Yep. Keep your doors and windows shut AO. You're too old to have a new addition to the family.

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    Guys after a puff on the balcony at sunset they look like freaking pterodactyls on the way home. Never seen anything like this before in a city. Yes we are the burbs and its a nice place to feed. But never seen the species around especially in my trees.

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    In Perth we have them called "Ibis".

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Openbill storks by the looks.
    The name comes from the gap between the upper and lower mandibles, but you have to be fairly close to see that.


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    I have similar that have recently appeared in the back yard. I don't think they are the same though. Anyone know what type these are?







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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Anyone know what type these are?
    Chinese Pond heron (Ardeola bacchus) in 'winter' plumage. Common winter visitor, feeds on small fish, frogs, crabs, insects etc.

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    Nice back yards guys.

    That reminds me. I must buy that telephoto zoom lens for my camera.

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    I remember seeing a lot of these birds whilst on a boat trip down the Ta Chin river west of Bangkok. We were told they were migrating birds from Russia as far as I can remember ..... turn up every year. Don't remember the Thai name but it wasn't penguins, pigeons or sparrows.

    Hope that helps............................................. ................ a little bit.

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    I do believe we have a few twicher's amongst us.

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    They probably will clean up the local toads & frogs. Hopefully they will move on before they crap all over your trees & house.

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    I think they are Dodo Birds.



    They haven't been seen since the early 1500's or so.

    Except by a privileged few.

    Originally native to Mauritius, but considered a delicacy, easy to
    catch due to their trusting amicable nature. Known to walk up to
    people carrying clubs for instance.

    The remaining few hundred made their way to The Himalayas
    also The Jade Dragon, Snow Mountains, near Lijiang, in
    The Yunnan Province of China.




    Which perhaps accounts for the smaller evolved species
    attempting to make their way home to Mauritius, via
    Bangkok and such places of interest to them, as well
    as the rural areas of Thailand where they can pass by un-noticed.



    Lewis Carroll used the Dodo as a character in
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865.

    It was the popularity of this book that lead to the
    widespread use of the phrase 'As Dead as a Dodo'.

    Carrol thought it a highly intelligent species
    and portrayed it as such.




    There are citings of the phrases 'As Rare as the Dodo'
    in the 1860s, in the 1870s we find 'As Extinct as a Dodo.'
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    I agree with Ferratus. They're Ibis.
    Last edited by superman; 07-03-2013 at 11:39 AM.

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    Asian Openbill...there all over central Thailand.

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    AOs birds are white and black by the look, most likely asian open bill as said, I would have thought.

    Anyway, AO - here you go - take your pick:

    Common Birds from the Car Window in Thailand; thaibirding.com

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    I am gonna go with Asia Open Bill as well seeing as their bill is always open. Still here and actually pretty creepy looking. The only trees they nest in are the ones behind my house. 6 other houses have the same types of trees. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gipsy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Anyone know what type these are?
    Chinese Pond heron (Ardeola bacchus) in 'winter' plumage. Common winter visitor, feeds on small fish, frogs, crabs, insects etc.

    I do believe you may be correct in your analysis. thanks.

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