Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ka Mu Phuket - A morning's birdwatching

The Author (delusions of grandeur)

The weather wasn't too good and we didn't see as many birds as we would have expected but we got a couple of specials. The first was a flock of five Vernal Hanging Parrots and two of them were actually hanging upsidedown on the branch. I have only rarely come across this bird so it really made the morning worthwhile.

The other bird wasn't in itself special but finding its nest was. It was the White-browed Scimitar-Babbler. The nest was on the ground next to the road we were travelling on, it was dome shaped and had a side entrance. Now I did something that I don't normally do, I put mind hand into the nest and extracted one of three eggs, it was white. I did it because it was the first nest of this species that I had come across and was curious to see the colour of its eggs.

The morning was cold, we were at about 1,200 metres, in the clouds most of the time and it was damp. We also got a a new bird for our area checklist, a Rufescent Prinia, not special but it brought our list to 162 for this area.


At 9:19 PM, Blogger john m said...

Congratulations on the blog. Yes, it's always rewarding when an otherwise miserable morning suddenly produces some surprises.
btw it's khao mu phuket (Phuket pork rice)

At 4:10 AM, Blogger john m said...

Tony- ignore that last comment. You're quite right, it's pork leg, not pork rice. Must have had a 'senior' moment (or I could say I was just doing it to test you)

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Tony Ball said...

John-I won't say I knew I was right, I just wrote the first two words phonetically and the third word was sounded like the island.

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