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 Asia especially in the countries
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Mae Wong National Park, Thailand 
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Least Concern
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The Crested Kingfisher or Megaceryle lugubris is quite a large kingfisher that is native to parts of southern Asia from eastwards to the Indian Subcontinent and towards Japan.

I had been wanting this bird for a long time and I just wanted to get on with it and just find it. Last February, Brian Hewitt, Chatchawal Phumkaew and I ventured for an early wild adventure in getting the Crested Kingfisher in Mae Wong and we failed. I decided to have my own adventure with the help of Nicha Puttaumnauy, she told me that it was showing in Chiang Dao, particularly a small isolated village called Muangkong. So I took the bus to Chiang Mai last July 26, 2018, driving alone can be difficult as it would be twelve hours to Chiang Mai and then to Chiang Dao, then Muangkong, which is three hours more. I saw the bird, thanks a lot to Nicha Puttaumnauy, I owe her a lot, the place was also scenic and and just so beautiful to be there. I decided to return to Bangkok and cut my days as I discovered that I could not get a ticket to return to Bangkok on the 30th of July. Then I missed it as the bird showed up on the third day when I was leaving for Bangkok also at the same time of the day.

Thawatchai Suttikarn posted his captures on Facebook and I asked for some information inviting Raymond David Pearce and Brian Hewitt. Ray took the invite seriously and left right away last Wednesday morning and got into his hide in the afternoon after almost five hours of driving, he said he saw the bird and he was going to resume the next day. He entered his hide before first light and he got it around 6:30 am. I arrived lunch time on Thursday and I got into my hide right away after adding grass and natural cover around it. The bird did not show up, Brian Hewitt joined on Friday and then Saturday, it did not come. Sunday was my last day, I got into the hide before first light again and a father and son joined me around 6:15 am and I was worried that the wait has been reset; it showed at 6:55 am and I just clicked everything away and changed settings occasionally until it left at 6:58 am; three minutes of intense shooting. My heart was pounding, I checked the shots after one setting…


Streaked Weaver
The Streaked Weaver or Ploceus manyar is a species of weaver bird found in South Asia and South-east
Blue-eared Kingfisher
The Blue-eared Kingfisher or Alcedo meninting is found in Asia
Dusky Broadbill
The Dusky Broadbill or Corydon sumatranus is a bird from the family
Blue-banded Kingfisher
The Blue-banded Kingfisher or Alcedo euryzona, is a Critically Endangered
Stork-billed Kingfisher
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"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"

Crested Kingfisher
Streaked Weaver
Blue-eared Kingfisher
Dusky Broadbill
Blue-banded Kingfisher
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Austen’s Brown Hornbill
Philippine Duck (female)
Cryptic Flycatcher
Short-billed Brown-dove
Pacific Reef Heron
White Tern
Great Crested Tern
Grey-hooded Sunbird
Bundok Flycatcher (female)
Apo Mayna
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
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)
Chestnut Thrush
Large Niltava (male)
Black Bulbul
Whiskered Yuhina
Silver Pheasant (male)
Red-flanked Bluetail (male)
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
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
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
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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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