Sleeping on a Leaf
I found this spider sleeping on a leaf and it did not even try to
Joys of Birding
Common Sun Skink
Also called East Indian Mabuya, Many-lined Sun Skink, Golden Skink, it is abundant in Thaland.
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Joys of Birding
Namtok Samlan National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Least Concern
By / Editor

I was walking around looking for nests and eggs of the Red-wattled Lapwings in which they leave when people approach their area where they are sitting or feeding. I was very sure that I would find one near the dirt road. I made sure I was quiet and stepped on the dirt as careful as I could. As I was just trying to scan the ground this Nightjar was surprise of a find, I had my Fujifilm XT-10 with a 60mm macro lens on and I was so disappointed.

What I did was I took some shots with the macro lens and I can’t just come closer. After taking some shots, I slowly went back to the truck which was just fifteen feet away. To my delight the Nightjar did not mind a thing, it stayed there tucked and comfortable.

I came back with the D500 with my Nikkor 200-500mm and started taking shots while standing in front of the lovely bird. I lowered my body to the ground, it was very hot and the earth was very rough. I tried to be at level with the bird and just enjoyed the moment of being intimate and very close at the bird.

The Indian Nightjar can be found in Southeast Asia and its habitat can be near a forest, flat lands near trees and hills, and it feeds on insects at dusk or during the night. When in flight during the day, as they usually get frightened by an intruder, they flap their wings a few times and glide low and then land quickly. They can’t be far all the time unless they are threatened, in that case they will try to fly a little bit farther away in which it would be difficult to find them after landing.

Namtok Samlan National Park, Thailand
May 25, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


Asian Golden Weaver (male)
Found in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand; the
We already had the Firethroat last February 12, 2017 but
Black-breasted Thrush
Found in north-eastern India to Vietnam the Black-breasted Thrush is also
Verditer Flycatcher
The Verditer Flycatcher is spread throughout Southeast Asia, Indian Subcontinent,
Red-whiskered Bulbul
The Red-whiskered Bulbul is a passerine bird which is also


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

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
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Mrs Hume’s Pheasant (male)
Hill Prinia
Spectacled Barwings
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
The Pacific Reef Heron
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (male)
Oriental Plover
Indian Cormorant
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
Rosy Pipit
Oriental Darter
Purple Heron
Pied Bushchat
Amur Falcon
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
Common Iora
Spotted Owlet
Sparrow Hawk
Grey-headed Lapwing
Siamese Fireback
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
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
Brown-throated Sunbird (Female)
Puff-throated Babbler
Laced Woodpecker
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
Asian Golden Weaver (Female)
Blue Nuthatch
Asian Glossy Starling
Greater Coucal
Small Minivet
Common Sandpiper
White-Throated Rockthrush
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Blue-Winged Pitta
Racket-tailed Treepie
Baya Weaver
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Little Ringed Plover
Temminck’s Stint
Black-Winged Stilt
Red-Wattled Lapwing
Open-Billed Stork
Painted Stork
Scaly-Breasted Munia
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By Ali Bernie Buga-ay Published on Apr 17, 2017
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Joys of Birding

Birding in Chiang Mai is one of the best experiences a birder could have. This was the second time we went there this year, lasting was in February and then we can’t wait for December, we decided to go for the Firethroat in Chiang Rai, at Nam Kham Nature Reserve and then head for Doi Lang, Doi San Ju, Doi Ang Kang, and the town Fang. We had five days to find our target birds and also see beautiful places. We left in April 13, 2007 at 6:00 o’ clock in the evening and we took turns driving to Chiang Rai to catch up with the Firethroat before heading to Chiang Mai and climb Doi San Ju.


We have been going with this couple several times fishing, camping, charity works, hiking, shooting arrows, and just about any adventure we can do together.

Birding was another story; it was the first time for them and they just have to learn everything without proper equipment and yet the managed with great fun. Five days of pure birding adventure, every moment was just so beautiful and packed with activities that we will never forget.


Arpha and I had been there last February of 2017 and we hired a truck to bring us up the mountain. We left very early in the morning and we we in and out of our sleep as we were driving up the mountain. We were awaken by our driver in front…


Peter Ericsson in Doi San Ju
Meeting Peter Ericsson in Doin San Ju was another learning
Birding with Gruff Dodd
An appointment was made to be with Gruff Dodd in
Brian Hewitt
Brian Hewitt is one of the real bird adventurers here
Kaengkratchan: Difficult Birding Days
Frustration was taking a toll on me and my wife
Ayutthaya: Pied Kingfisher
Winter is here, the excitement of finding new birds wintering
Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
Coming here to this research station is a big thing
Kota Kinabalu National Park
We have always thought of coming to Kota Kinabalu National
Birding is Learning
We had another chance to go back to Pak Phli