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Brown Boobook
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Phutthamonthon Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Least Concern
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Copyright © 2018 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Brown Boobok: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Brown Boobook or Ninox scutulata is also called the Brown Hawk-owl which is a resident breeder in the south Asia from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, and the south of China. Thailand is also one of the countries where it is found and we are all lucky to just have it at a city park.    The Boobooks are a lot different than the common owl because of their long tails and the lack of the facial disk which is typical to Barn Owls. Its natural habitat are wood countries and forest and it lays five eggs in a tree hole; at Phutthamonthon, it is found roosting in a bamboo cathedral.

I wanted to have a Boobook in my collection for a very long time, and I guess, being patient always is a virtue when it comes to wildlife photography. My dear friend Prin Pattawaro gave me the location a month ago and I never had the chance to go and check it out and after a month I asked if it was still there. The answer was positive so I went, it was a little bit tricky to get there and finding it was another thing. I was about to give up as I was not able to find it. 

I was keeping my tripod and camera as another friend came and he took me in the bamboo cathedral and pointed to me where the Boobook was. Oh it was a real joy, I had it and it was just there all along staring down at me as I was walking around. Thanks to Khun Nui for pointing the exact branch where it was roosting.

Phutthamonthon Park, Thailand
September 8, 2018
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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White-rumped Pygmy Falcon
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Forest Wagtail
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Red-billed Blue Magpie
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Crested Kingfisher
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Streaked Weaver
The Streaked Weaver or Ploceus manyar is a species of weaver bird found in South Asia and South-east


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

Brown Boobook
White-rumped Pygmy Falcon
Forest Wagtail
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Crested Kingfisher
Streaked Weaver
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Blue-eared Kingfisher
Dusky Broadbill
Blue-banded Kingfisher
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Austen’s Brown Hornbill
Javan Frogmouth
Philippine Duck (female)
Philippine Falconet
Cryptic Flycatcher
Short-billed Brown-dove
Pacific Reef Heron
White Tern
Great Crested Tern
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Azure-breasted Pitta
Grey-hooded Sunbird
Bundok Flycatcher (female)
Apo Mayna
Philippine Sailfin Lizard
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
Philippine Eagle
Whiskered Pitta
Slaty-backed Forktail
Little Spiderhunter
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Slaty-breasted Rail
Baillon’s Crake
Blue-winged Leafbird
Pied Bush Chat
Blue Whistling Thrush
Grey Peacock-pheasant (female)
Grey Wagtail
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Violet Cuckoo (Juvenile)
Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo
Orange-headed Thrush
Mrs Gould’s Sunbird (male)
Orange-bellied Leafbird (female)
Large Niltava (male)
Chestnut Thrush
Large Niltava (male)
Black Bulbul
Whiskered Yuhina
Silver Pheasant (male)
Red-flanked Bluetail (male)
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
White-headed Bulbul
White Wagtail
Indian Spot-billed Ducks
Grey Nightjar
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Ferruginous Wood Partridge (male)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (female)
Greater Green Leafbird
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
Eurasian Curlew
Java Sparrow
Purple-throated Sunbird
Common Hoopoe
Black-headed Woodpecker
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Blue Pitta (male)
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)
Blue-Winged Pitta
Black-backed Kingfisher
Greater Flameback (male)
Black-thighed Falconet
Ochraceous Bulbul
Indian Nightjar
Asian Golden Weaver (male)
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
Red-flanked Bluetail (female)
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Mrs Hume’s Pheasant (male)
Hill Prinia
Spectacled Barwings
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
Pacific Reef Heron
Little Tern
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (male)
Oriental Plover
Indian Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Zitting Cisticola
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)
Black-tailed Godwit
Pacific Golden Plover
Spotted Redshank
Slender-billed Gull
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Greater Painted-snipe (male)
Rosy Pipit
Oriental Darter
Purple Heron
Pied Bush Chat
Amur Falcon (female)
Common Hill Myna
Sarus Crane
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Crimson Sunbird
Tickell’s Brown Hornbill
Caspian Tern
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
Chinese Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Collared Kingfisher
Long-toed Stint
Spoonbill Sandpiper
Black-headed Bulbul
Streaked-eared Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
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Birding Stories
By Ali Bernie Buga-ay Published on Apr 30, 2018
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Pelagic Birding: Pangitlogan Island, Siargao, Philippines

I am posting this to honour Dr. MiguelDavid De Leon for his conservation effort of the terns in Siargao, particularly, Pangitlogan Island, Tuyo Ka Bato, Siargao, in Mindanao. His effort brought people to work together in order to help his pioneering conservation program in saving the eggs of the terns from being taken by the locals for food. With his presentation, people understood that they don’t have to take the eggs and allow the terns to lay and hatch their kind to be take home on their return flight. The Bridled Terns, Roseate Terns, Black-naped terns come every year to lay their eggs and fulfil their migration objectives.

Miguel brought all government agencies at one table and collected their voluntary commitments in preserving and conserving the given areas that required immediate attention. Thank you Dr. Miguel David De Leon for giving us the opportunity to work with you. I have yet to find a man who accepted me and Harry Miller unconditionally and that will do whatever it takes to achieve conservation absent recognition and reward. God Bless you and will keep you safe always.

Meanwhile, I am at Mactan International Airport waiting for my flight to Bangkok,…


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