Monday, January 4, 2010

A New Year Present

My first day of the year was spent at Nam Kham Nature Reserve in Chiang Rai. Philip D. Round, one of the most well known ornithologists in Thailand, and Andy Pierce whom I have met 5 or 6 years ago in Mae Taeng were arranging a ringing session there in the morning. The temperature was a bit low and the light was so beautiful. The most exiting bird we've caught was a rare Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler (Cettia major) but it has already been ringed the day before. This bird is such a rare and very little known cettia bush warbler and it has been 2 consecutive years to catch this bird at Nam Kham, such a nice new year gift for everyone. Other interesting birds including Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope), Chestnut-capped Babbler (Timalia pileata), Rusty-rumped Warbler (Locustella certhiola), Baikal Bush Warbler (Bradypterus davidi), Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla) and Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus).
Philip with a Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler (C. major)

An adult Rusty-rumped Warbler (L. certhiola rubescens?)

Andy with the same Rusty-rumped Warbler

And a retrapped Baikal Bush Warbler (B. davidi)

1 comment:

Russell Jenkins said...

Wow! Talk about up close. What a wonderful way to start the new year. May it continue to be happy.