Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Doi Lang Does It Again

I always look forward to birding the magical mountain of Doi Lang and despite it being rather hot and some long birdless spells, its secrets were slowly revealed. A few Spot-winged Grosbeaks got the ball rolling this morning, and then we followed this with at least 4 Little Cuckoo-Doves - a big surprise. 

Blue Rock Thrush.

Spot-winged Grosbeak feeding at the top of a huge tree.

Up on the Fang side of Doi Lang we spent the rest of the day along the stretch of road beside the feeding stations seeing Sapphire, Little Pied, Slaty-backed and Pale Blue Flycatchers, Lesser Shortwing, Golden and Rufous-fronted Babblers, a cracking male Siberian Rubythroat, Pallas's and Davison's Leaf-Warblers, Blyth's Shrike-Babbler, Golden-throated Barbet, Chestnut Bunting and a really surprising Indochinese Cuckooshrike. At the end of the day we drove slowly downhill looking for Hume's Pheasant and eventually found a fine male walking along the road and then a pair of Mountain Bamboo-Partridges sealed another fine day.

Pale Blue Flycatcher.

Same bird as above, but different light conditions...
Under normal circumstances this is a great view of Siberian Rubythroat.
But you get spoilt at Doi Lang.......!
This is the way to see Lesser Shortwing.
Just can't get a decent photo of Hume's Pheasant.
Mountain Bamboo-Partridge was the last bird of the day.

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