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Chinarohrsänger in Thailand

ChinarohrsängerWer sich noch fragt, wo man im Winter birden kann, der sollte sich überlegen, nach Thailand zu fliegen. Ein schönes, Land mit guter Infrastruktur und exzellenten Vögel; darunter eben auch viele, die in Thailand überwintern und in Europa als Seltenheitsgäste geführt werden. Ein wirkliches Top-Gelände für die Vogelbeobachtung sind die Laem Pak Bia Watertreatment Plants in der Provinz Phetchaburi südlich von Bangkok. Die Becken dienten der versuchsweisen Abwasserklärung und gehören – laut den angeschlagenen Karten – dem König höchstselbst. Man hat Becken angelegt, die im biologischen Reinigungsverfahren mit Röhricht das Wasser reinigen sollen. Die teils sumpfigen, mit Wasser bestandenen oder trockenen, mehr oder weniger großen Becken sind ein perfekter Platz um viele der üblichen, heimischen und aber auch ungewöhnliche Vögel Thailands zu sehen. Das gilt insbesondere im Winterhalbjahr.

So schlagen mich schon nach wenigen Metern im Gebiet die unheimlich vielen Weissbart-Seeschwalbe (Chlidonias hybridus) in ihren Bann. Diese schönen Seeschwalben haben sich direkt am ersten Becken versammelt und sammeln Kleinst-Insekten von der Wasseroberfläche im eleganten Flug auf. Die Bedienungsmannschaften der Abwasserbehandlungsbecken sind sehr nett. Das Tor ist auch morgens früh entweder schon offen oder man öffnet es für den einfahrenden Vogelbeobachter. Ein tolles Bild so im ersten Morgenlicht. Wenig weiter ist auf dem Damm zwischen zwei Absetzbecken an diesem Morgen auch mal ein Pieper zu sehen, den ich als Orient-Spornpieper (Anthus rufulus) identifiziere. Mein Continue reading Chinarohrsänger in Thailand

White-crested Laughingthrush from a hide

WeißhaubenhäherlingA white-crested thrush-like bird on the ground hopps about throwing leaves. The bird is a White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus) and is really throwing the leaves around in all directions . They were searching intensively for food. It was a family group of eight birds. They might remind you of other birds of the family as e.g. the Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) from Australia. They also move around in groups of eight and bounce around among the vegetation. White-crested Laughingthrush is often found scratching for food in the leaf litter. The White-crested Laughingthrush is a member of the Leiothrichidae family. It is found in forest and scrub from the Himalayan from north and north-east India, south-east Tibet, Sumatra, Myanmar, Thailand, south-west China foothills to Indochina.

The White-crested Laughingthrush is easily recognizable by its distinctive broad whitish crest, black mask, whitish underparts, rufous-chestnut upperparts and rufous flanks and undertail-coverts. It is usually seen in flocks which produce song bursts of rapid chattering and repetitive double-note phrases. It is found in a wide range of habitats, including broadleaved evergreen, semi-evergreen and dry deciduous forest,   secondary growth and bamboo up to about 1,600 m asl.

The White-crested Laughingthrush has been absent from south Continue reading White-crested Laughingthrush from a hide

Newly discovered wintering location for Spoon-billed Sandpiper

LöffelstrandläuferSpoon-billed Sandpipers (Calidris pygmaea) are one of the big megas in birding space. This charismatic species is listed as Critically Endangered because it has already an extremely small population. Population distribution is limited for the breeding range from the Chukotsk peninsula south to Kamchatka. The bird migrates from north-eastern Russia down the western Pacific coast through Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China to its main wintering grounds in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

According to BirdLife International HKBWS volunteers found end of December 2015, at least 30 Spoon-billed Sandpipers near the Fucheng Estuary in south-west Guangdong Province. This was the highest number ever found in China during winter. At the end of January further coordinated counts in Guangdong Province, including members from the Zhanjiang Bird Watching Society and staff from the Zhanjiang Mangrove National Nature Reserve Management Bureau took place. The numbers accounted for at least 45 individuals from four locations, with Fucheng Estuary having the highest count with 38 individuals. This is an extremely significant tally, given that the world population numbers fewer than Continue reading Newly discovered wintering location for Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other waders in Thailand on wintering grounds

Spoonbill SandpiperThe Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the big megas in the birding space – not only for twitchers, but Thailand in general is an excellent birding destination.

During a trip to Thailand in January 2011 I was looking for wintering birds from the palearctic. The whole trip was a great success, seeing especially many waders which are rare in the western palearctic like Mongolian Plover (Charadrius mongolus), Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultia), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Pintail Snipe (Gallinago stenura) and Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus).

But many birders go for the Spoon-billed Sandpipers. For general directions and travel advice visit Nick Upton’s excellent website Thaibirding.com. At the known Spoon-billed Sandpiper site at Pak Thale I spend 3 days. This location is very reliable, with several individuals seen each day there, and up to 3 at once. For details of locations you can also check out these Google maps.  They show the  Spoon-billed Sandpiper distribution not only in Thailand.

At the first time there were Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) and surprisingly 3 Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). I teamed up with a group of german birdwatchers. We also saw one individual Spoon-billed Sandpiper at a site which is called the “Derelict Building” –site in Nick Upton’s description. This site is closer (only 2 km) from a little town called Laem Pak Bia. Behind a dam, drive a dirt track passing a garbage dump and you will see the shallow saltpans already. There were masses of egrets, waders and gulls. So we quickly saw Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Rufous-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta), Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Broad-billed Sandpiper, (Limicola falcinellus) and many flying Common and Whiskered Tern Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) and Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus). A nice selection of the birds occuring you will find here!

But the best place on finding Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Thailand is certainly at Continue reading Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other waders in Thailand on wintering grounds