In the early afternoon we returned to the hotel for a little siesta before heading out into the nearby fields. Must admit I love this sort of birding as the habitat was a mixture of river, tall grasses, fields and muddy channels where we picked up a lot of trip ticks and was very enjoyable birding. The highlight was this Baikal Bush Warbler that came out into the open - and was surprised to hear another 6 or 7 calling in the vicinity.
|Baikal Bush Warbler|
On the river we saw Oriental and Small Pratincoles, whilst in a weedy field I flushed a Barred Buttonquail, and there was also 3 Eurasian Wrynecks, a brief Lanceolated Warbler, Richard's Pipit, a Bluethroat, and some Pintail Snipe and Greater Painted Snipe. At dusk a flock of Baya Weavers and a Chestnut Munia flew into the tall grass to roost, whilst overhead we saw (and heard) Paddyfield and Red-throated Pipits. This male Pied Harrier also flew by incredibly close to us as well - one of the best encounters with this species i've ever had.