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Day 8

 

Feelings of deja vu seemed to be becoming the norm. This time it was the slow drive along the tracks not far from the accommodation to try to surprise some Siamese Firebacks into view. The early morning mist cast a diffused light through the trees and over the road, and we were rewarded third time lucky with some very obliging Firebacks. Initial views were of individual males which crossed the road directly in front of us, and then a group of four mixed males and females fed in the verge for some time. While these were out, another two males appeared on the other side of the parked van. Firebacks satiated, we walked the road searching for other birds, and came up with Asian Fairy Bluebirds, Moustached Barbet, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Common Green Magpie, and Variable Squirrel.

Fireback on road Siamese Fireback Finlayson's Squirrel
Siamese Fireback early morning Siamese Fireback Finlayson's (Variable) Squirrel

Then it was back to the same open grassland as the previous evening. The light of the morning was still reasonably weak, casting a warm glow on the scene, and the last vestiges of mist still lay in the valley. A Shrike was immediately found, and there was some discussion as to the species. It had no stripe above the eye, but the colour was a washed out brown, leading to Brown rather than Burmese. Ashy Woodswallows were again on the wires, with a couple of Red-whiskered Bulbuls again in the brush. A Cisticola was spotted, with the darkish crown and lack of white in the tail indicating Golden-headed. A couple of Siberian Stonechats were again flitting from perch to perch, and a juvenile Lesser Coucal flew away from us. Flying through were Black-naped Oriole and Mountain Imperial Pigeons.

Grassland

Grassland

Grassland

A major treat had been reserved, and not divulged to us, for the last hour of our birding. The guides parked the van next to a reasonably sized pool, and erected the portable hides next to some very low sand banks a little way from the water's edge. A dry stick, sourced locally, was pushed into the ground in front of our new vantage point. This was to be an hour of close encounter of the Chestnut-headed Bee-eater kind. They had a colony in the low sand hills, and not only used the provided perch, but also landed on the ground on all sides of us. Extra entertainment was in the form of Richard's Pipits, a Common Flameback, and 2 overflying Wreathed Hornbills. A crashing in the trees behind us turned thoughts to elephant. It turned out to be a rather large Pig-tailed Macaque, stripping branches from one of the trees.

While we sat having, or just finishing off, lunch, an Asian Emerald Cuckoo flew into the canopy on the opposite side of the water, and a flying lizard showed off its throat pouch nearer to us.

Colony Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Flying Lizard
Pools next to Bee-eater colony Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Flying Lizard

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