Monday, August 23, 2010

Doi Angkang: 12-14 Aug 2010 II

The real highlight of the second day came when a large flock of more than 20 Long-tailed Broadbills (Psarisomus dalhousiae) appeared in a large tree on the different side of the hill. The bird is incredibly beautiful with its comical black, yellow, green and blue pattern. Too bad the birds were all too far for my lens, but we all had a good time watching them from a telescope. There were many juvenile birds in the group as well and they look so different from the adults. It was the first time for me to see a juvenile of this bird. If you want to see how pretty the bird actually is, you can simply click here.
Long-tailed Broadbills (Psarisomus dalhousiae)

(From left to right) 1. This worn male Hill Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis banyumas) was also sticking around under the thick vegetation at the Royal Project's restaurant. 2. This young female seems to be the fledgling of him. 3. An immature Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) in a garden near the restaurant 4. Blue-winged Siva (Siva cyanouroptera)

This shy Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis) was feeding along a thick dense bush in the garden near the Royal Project's restaurant. Although being a subfamily of the cuckoos, malkohas build nests and raise their own chicks unlike true cuckoos. The Green-billed Malkoha is a common bird throughout the country, but undoubtedly a difficult bird to get a decent pic of. It is very shy and almost always stay inside thick bushes.

On the last day, we luckily spotted 3 adult Crocodile Salamanders (Tylototriton shanjing) sitting still at the bottom of a small pond inside the garden near the restaurant. They had an interesting habit of swimming up from the bottom of the pond to catch insects on the surface of water. We later picked two of them up to the bank shortly for taking photos before letting them crawled back to the pond.

I spotted a large flock of Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrikes (Hemipus picatus) staying on the top of a very tall tree in the garden since the early morning. I could only hope for the birds to come down to the lower trees, so I could be able to take some photos of them. Finally, before leaving the place, some of the birds came down to the lower trees and gave me a chance to photograph them. One immature bird even perched in front of me in a very close range calling for food from its parent. Since it's a species which I haven't successfully got a decent photo of, I was quite happy with the result.

We had a meal before leaving the Royal Project's restaurant as usual. The Red-whiskered Bulbuls were still staying around as the day before. There was a flowering tree nearby and several Oriental White-eyes (Zosterops palpebrosus) were busy feeding on the flowers. The species has much yellower upperparts than the Japanese White-eyes of Japan.

The last species of bird that I photographed before leaving Doi Angkang was this Common Tailorbird, which came up to dry its feathers when the sun finally showed up again after the rain. Although it's a very common bird, I still like to see those fluffy feathers and its cute movement whenever the bird is around. We finally concluded the trip with a number of 73 species; relatively good especially for this time of the year when it just rains too much.


Chris said...

Wow too many wonderful things to be able to pick one up out of this, although we do not have to do that ;-) THis is a splendid message with a lot of nice info and beautiful pictures. I love a lot the crocodiel salamander but all the birds are gorgeous too!

Dominic Gendron said...

Great serie. The salamnder image is very impressive...very nice little beast!

Stu said...

Well, I've seen the Tailorbird at least..........

So many new birds for me to digest.....

Ryou said...

It's great to read your trip report along with so many beautiful pictures! Makes me want to fly there now... ;-)

Unravel said...

Thank you all for your kind comments!
Chris> I love the crocodile salamander as well. I always look for it whenever I visit the place in rainy season.

Dominic Gendron> Thanks a lot!

Stu> I understand how you feel, Stu. It happens to me as well when I read blogs about birds in America for instance.

Ryou> Thanks a lot, Ryou. I really wish to read the stories from where you live. Let's make a blog :D