We had another chance to go back to Pak Phli in Nakorn Nayok last Saturday, October 1, 2016 and we left late in the morning for not being able to sleep well the night before. The excitement remained the same for the prospect of finding the Red Avadavats again. The water was much more than the previous week caused by so much rain. We went straight to the area where we found found the perching trees of the Black-eared Kites and we took some photographs of herons, swifts, and a Black-eared Kite pinning its prey on the ground and feeding.
After some off-road driving we went straight to the area where we found the reds; driving down the end of that dirt road we saw Purple Herons, Bitterns, a Common Kingfisher, Cormorants, and then the Long-tailed Shrike. We focused our time to the Shrike and we were satisfied of our shots.
We drove out and tried to find more birds of the little time left in the morning to other place then we drove back to where the reds were hoping this time that we find them then but instead we saw a truck and a birder walking towards us and we stopped to ask if he already found the reds. We talked, I turned off the engine of the truck and our conversation went on and on about the reds.
We met Malcolm Peake, a well experienced birder of 25 years, together with his wife, driving the truck, as he was walking under the heat of the sun. Our conversation was long and his knowledge on birds and birding is so wide and well founded through his experiences that we just listened and paid attention to new ideas in birding.
We exchanged social media addresses and we all drove out to find lunch since it was already 12:45 noon and we were starving and baked under the sun. We parked the truck under a tree, the wind was blowing cool air as it was drizzling on and off that day. Arpha slept for almost and hour recovering from a horrible headache, while she was still sleeping I drove back to the reds area to rendezvous with Malcolm and his wife. I geared up while Malcolm peeped in his binoculars and confirmed the Red Avadavats were there as he saw two pairs, male and female hanging out under the shade of tall grass on the side of the road.
We decided to put our hides up and spread some grain on the bird path hoping that they would feed and come to stay for awhile so we could take some photographs of them. We waited for an hour and more, looked into our lenses, we saw them retreated back and we still had enough patience to stay, it drizzled; Malcolm said that the rain wont hold and we could stay in the hides more, we decided to pack up. Before that, I told him that we should walk down and take the chance. When we made about fifty steps, we saw them again, we took some photographs just to record that we found them and then we packed up for good.
It was a learning experience and fun. We still plan to go back and take more great shots of the Red Avadavats, soon the Bluethroats, and the other migratory birds that are yet to come.