Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Red-flanked Bluetail (female): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Red-flanked Bluetail or Tarsiger cyanurus is also know as the Orange-flanked Bush-robin is a migratory insectivore breeding in coniferous forest with undergrowth in nothern Asia and northeastern Europe, from Finland east across Siberia to Kamchatka and south to Japan.

Wintering in mainly in southeastern Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Himalayas, Taiwan, northern Indochina, and also in Thailand; it is a welcome beauty.

To get this lovely bird, we had to drive up one of the highest mountains of Thailand and it was unforgiving since we just had to go up all the time and the danger of over heating the engine of our truck was certain to happen. The first time I was there, that happened and it was horrible, I failed to finish the journey, not being able to reach the last military outpost where the serious birds are. This time, I had the truck prepared, I had aluminium radiator fitted, additional fan to cool it down faster, new lower temperature responding thermostat fitted, I was ready; yet my engine stopped, the oil over heated, I just had to make it cool down for some twenty minutes before I started the engine again to move on. 

Finding this lovely bird, was worth all the trouble.

Doi Lang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
April 16, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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