Monday, 11 February 2019

Nabang Again

We birded a different area and enjoyed a number of really good sightings. Around the area where the bus was parked Mountain Tailorbirds were calling and a male Hill Blue Flycatcher was spotted by David. The trail we followed wound its way up the hill and we found ourselves in Streaked Spiderhunter heaven! A perched Mountain Imperial-Pigeon was nice but most of the birds we were seeing were all pretty common, however our discovery of a recently established photo hide and feeding station in the forest proved to be a godsend. 

Rufous-bellied Niltava
For the first half an hour there was nothing but all of a sudden birds began to arrive with the first of 3 different male White-tailed Robins. This was followed by a pair of Large Niltavas, Rufous-faced and Marten’s Warblers, male Little Pied Flycatcher, female Snowy-browed Flycatcher, male Himalayan Bluetail, a pair of Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, female White-tailed Robin, Puff-throated Babbler, a pair of White-crowned Forktails, Grey-bellied Tesia 
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

White-crowned Forktail
and Pygmy Cupwing. A White-crested Laughingthrush skulked in the background but never came in to the feeding station.

After a few hours here we walked further uphill and found Red-headed Trogon and a group of Red-billed Scimitar-Babblers, whilst around the next bend there was a group of 7 White-hooded Babblers showing well in an extensive stand of bamboo. 

White-hooded Babbler
All of a sudden some Rufous-headed Parrotbills appeared briefly, but not long enough for us to i.d them for sure. We spent a while looking for them again and heard Long-tailed Broadbill and Streaked Wren-Babbler. 

Rufous-headed Parrotbill

After lunch and a flock of Pin-striped Tit-Babblers we walked downhill and found Rufous-headed Parrotbill that showed briefly, a flock of Striated YuhinasHair-crested and Bronzed Drongos, Pin-tailed and Wedge-tailed Green-Pigeons, White-browed PiculetYellow-bellied Warbler, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, and best of all a Pale-headed Woodpecker. An Asian Emerald Dove was on the track as we drove back to the hotel.

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