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Joys of Birding
Shikra
The Shikra is also called the Little Banded Goshawk is a small bird of prey
Joys of Birding
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Joys of Birding
Namtok Samlan National Park, Saraburi, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Least Concern
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The Shikra is also called the Little Banded Goshawk is a small bird of prey in the Accipitridae with two note call; flaps and glides to create flight. It is found in forested habitats, farmlands and even urban areas.

They feed on smaller birds, squirrels, small reptiles, and insects. The name Shikra is a from an Urdu word, Shikari; meaning, hunter. This bird of prey has been a favourite of falconers since it is an easy to train and handle.

I am lucky to have this found at Namtok Samlan National Park in which it was the forst time for me to have seen it there. It was a complete joy of a find. Though I have discovered some more raptors making this small national park as a migratory habitat, this has been a great find for me. I have to discover more and I have been convinced now that this national park has more for me to discover not only in the birds line.

Namtok Samlan National Park, Saraburi, Thailand
September 12, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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EARLY BIRDS

"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"

Common Hoopoe
Black-headed Woodpecker
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Blue Pitta
Spot-billed Pelican
Thick-billed Green-pigeon
Green-billed Malkoha
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Black-and-Red Broadbill
Red-legged Crake
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Orange-breasted Trogon (male)
Black-backed Kingfisher
Greater Flameback (male)
Black-thighed Falconet
Indian Nightjar
Asian Golden Weaver (male)
Firethroat
Black-breasted Thrush
Verditer Flycatcher
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-faced Liocichla
Little Pied Flycatcher
Dark-backed Sibia
Crested Finchbill (male)
Large Niltava (female)
Crested Finchbill (female)
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Flavescent Bulbul
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Mrs Hume’s Pheasant (male)
Hill Prinia
Spectacled Barwings
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
The Pacific Reef Heron
Little Tern
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (male)
Oriental Plover
Garganey
Indian Cormorant
Glossy Ibis
Zitting Cisticola
Firethroat
Alexandrine Parakeet (male)
Alexandrine Parakeet (female)
Oriental Scops Owl
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Long-tailed Minivet (male)
Grey-backed Shrike
Davidson’s Leaf Warbler
Red-Headed Trogon (female)
Moustached Barbet
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
Banded Kingfisher (female)
Asian Fairy-bluebird (female)
Grey Bushchat (female)
Grey Bushchat (male)
Dusky Warbler
Buff-throated Warbler
Great Tit
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant (female)
Rufous-fronted Babbler
Blyth’s Shrike-babbler (female)
Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Pied Kingfisher
Brown-throated Treecreeper
Lesser Adjutant
Hainan Blue Flycatcher
Rufous Limestone-babbler
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (male)
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (female)
Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Siberian Rubythroat
Oriental Magpie-robin (male)
Oriental Magpie-robin (female)
Spotted Dove
Siberian Blue Robin
Taiga Flycatcher (male)
Siberian Blue Robin (female)
Bluethroat
Black-tailed Godwit
Pacific Golden Plover
Spotted Redshank
Slender-billed Gull
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Rosy Pipit
Oriental Darter
Purple Heron
Pied Bushchat
Amur Falcon (female)
Common Hill Myna
Sarus Crane
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Crimson Sunbird
Tickell’s Brown Hornbill
Asian Emerald Cuckoo
Great Hornbill
Red-breasted Parakeet
Plaintive Cuckoo (male)
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Siamese Fireback Pheasant (female)
Black-headed Gull
Heuglin’s Gull
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Spangled Drongo
Crimson Winged Woodpecker
Common Iora
Spotted Owlet
Sparrow Hawk
Grey-headed Lapwing
Siamese Fireback
Rufous Treepie
Grey Wagtail
Chinese Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Collared Kingfisher
Long-toed Stint
Spoonbill Sandpiper
Black-headed Bulbul
Ochraceous Bulbul
Streaked-eared Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
Black-eared Kite
Striated Grassbird
Little Cormorant
Siberian Stonechat Female
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Common Green Magpie
Plaintive Cuckoo (female)
Eastern Cattle Egret
Yellow-Rumped Flycatcher
Black Drongo
White-fronted Scops Owl
Ashy Drongo
Chestnut-tailed Starling
Indigo Flycatcher
Fruithunter
Great Egret
Little Egret
Kalij Pheasant (female)
Kalij Pheasant
Scaly-breasted Partridge
Bar-backed Partridge
Asian Drongo-cuckoo
Crested Goshawk
Himalayan Cuckoo
Black-Shouldered Kite
Mugimaki Flycatcher
Common Kestrel
Black-throated Laughingthrush
Long-tailed Shrike
Siberian Stonechat
House Sparrow
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Black Baza
Eared Pitta
Asian Barred Owlet
Paddyfield Pipit
Little Grebe
Red Avadavat
Bronze-winged Jacana
Black Eagle
Olive-backed Sunbird (male)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Female)
Puff-throated Babbler
Laced Woodpecker
Dollarbird
Brahminy Kite
Bush Lark
Indian Roller
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Himalayan Bulbul
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker
Cattle Egret
Burmese Shrike
Brown Shrike
Javan Pond Heron
Streaked Spiderhunter
Lesser Whistling Duck
Large Scimitar Babbler
Coppersmith Barbet
Emerald Dove
Red-collared Dove
Zebra Dove
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Hill-Blue Flycatcher Female
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Large-Tailed Nightjar
Hill-Bue Flycatcher
Orange-Bellied Flowerpecker
Plain Prinia
White-throated Kingfisher
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BIRDING STORIES
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Joys of Birding

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