Birding Asia

A Date with a Big Bill

Thumbnail image for A Date with a Big Bill by Alex Vargas 16 September 2012

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is one of the largest and most difficult -to photograph- Halcyonidaes of SE Asia… We got lucky as one mom was feeding two chicks in a park in Bangkok (yes! right into the city!) Kingfishers are very special and colorful in Asia. Everyone wants to photograph kingfishers and they are not easy. [...]

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Journal club: Two new owl species may provide insight into how early birds colonised the Philippines

Thumbnail image for Journal club: Two new owl species may provide insight into how early birds colonised the Philippines by Grrlscientist 24 August 2012

SUMMARY: Two new owl species were discovered in the Philippine Islands and five more Philippine owls were given full species status The Philippine Archipelago is filled with a tremendous variety of living things, and hundreds of new species have been discovered recently on the islands. The most recent addition to this roll call of biodiversity [...]

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Friendly Feathers

Thumbnail image for Friendly Feathers by Alex Vargas 21 May 2012

Every winter season (November – April) we get the colorful visit of many nice birds in Thailand, but none as friendly and showy as the Mugimaki Flycatcher and the White-throated Rock-Thrush in Khao Yai. I was very exited the first time I saw and got some lousy images of a White-throated Rock-Thrush in 2007. Then, [...]

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Mae Wong got Alive!!!

Thumbnail image for Mae Wong got Alive!!! by Alex Vargas 31 March 2012

Mae Wong National Park, really became the hotspot for a couple of months with many cool birds showing super well… I’ll show you some… Located between Kampaeng Phet and Nakorn Sawan provinces, Mae Wong covers about 900 km2 and is part of the western forest complex, said to be the largest remaining patch of forest [...]

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Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo… a dream come true

Thumbnail image for Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo… a dream come true by Alex Vargas 19 February 2012

For years I hoped for an image of this large and enigmatic forest’s floors giant, and all came truth when visited Khao Yai National Park with my good friends Paul and Apiradee in December 2010, as 4 wonderful birds competed for our meal worms, filling our memory cards with grace, color and satisfaction! The Coral-billed [...]

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Birds and Elephants

Thumbnail image for Birds and Elephants by Alex Vargas 5 February 2012

During the crazy times of flooding in Bangkok, our family decided to spend some time in higher ground and what could it be better than Khao Yai, with the National Park of the same name which is a World’s Heritage Site from Unesco and a paradise of wildlife and with my good friend Guide A, [...]

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A Special Orange Beak

Thumbnail image for A Special Orange Beak by Alex Vargas 28 January 2012

Prasae it’s always been a birding and Bird-Photo hotspot, but in August-September 2010, the appearance of a red billed bird -which turned out to be an unusual RIVER TERN- placed that site in everyone’s map! In the calm waters of the Thai Gulf, Prasae has always been a good site to find waders terns and [...]

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Cede Prudente, a great Bird-Photographer in Malaysian Borneo

Thumbnail image for Cede Prudente, a great Bird-Photographer in Malaysian Borneo by Alex Vargas 14 January 2012

Cede Prudente is an excellent reference of first class Bird-Photography in Malaysian Borneo and he shares a bit of his history and fantastic work with us at BirdingBlogs I visited Sabah, Malaysian Borneo in a birding expedition back in 2010 with my friends Mario and Roxanne and quickly got in-loved with such a majestic paradise [...]

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Blue -river- Jewel of the South

Thumbnail image for Blue -river- Jewel of the South by Alex Vargas 6 January 2012

The Blue-banded Kingfisher isn’t the most colorful of his group, but certainly it is one of the most difficult to find and photograph! When I was coming to this side of the world, I was looking at the book in the plane and right away got amazed with the colors and crazy looks of the [...]

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Laem Pak Bia… 3 out of 3

Thumbnail image for Laem Pak Bia… 3 out of 3 by Alex Vargas 23 December 2011

Third part -out of three- displaying some of my many photographic expeditions at Laem Pak Bia, a cool waders’ site that rocks indeed… August 15th, 2009 On Mother’s Day -American Continent’s Calendar-, my wife asked me to take her back to LPB for some birding (yeah… I know… I’m a lucky guy!) and she was [...]

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Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia!

Thumbnail image for Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia! by DaleForbes 17 December 2011

Alex Vargas – our Costa Rican birder/photographer/birdingblogs blogger living in Thailand – is currently running a 3 part blog series on Laem Pak Bia; a wonderful birding area just south-west of Bangkok. It all happened this last August when Alex graciously offered to take my wife and I out to Kaeng Krachan National Park (an [...]

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Birds from Laem Pak Bia, part 2 of 3

Thumbnail image for Birds from Laem Pak Bia, part 2 of 3 by Alex Vargas 16 December 2011

Second part that accounts some of my many photographic expeditions at Laem Pak Bia, a great area for waders and much more… December 23rd, 2008   &   December 27th, 2008 Just before Christmas (08), we visited the King’s Project on a sunny day and got a few images… it was already pretty dry around Central Thailand [...]

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Laem Pak Bia, another Bird-Photo Hotspot in Thailand!

Thumbnail image for Laem Pak Bia, another Bird-Photo Hotspot in Thailand! by Alex Vargas 8 December 2011

Several hotspots in the Laem Pak Bia area, are worth to mention, as these produce great birding and bird-photos all year around At less than 2 hours driving from Bangkok, in Petchburi Province, Laem Pak Bia it’s a fishing town that offers some rich and unique birding opportunities with many waders, gulls and more in [...]

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Red Beak, Big Lunch

Thumbnail image for Red Beak, Big Lunch by Alex Vargas 2 December 2011

Witness how a beautiful and aggressive Black-capped Kingfisher battles hard to prepare and enjoy a big crab for lunch! In october 2010, someone posted in my forum (birdphotoforum.com) a pretty decent image of the elusive and attractive Black-capped Kingfisher and that immediately caught my full attention. Turned out, the blue hunter was closer to my [...]

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Western Australia – Part 2 of 4

Thumbnail image for Western Australia – Part 2 of 4 by Alex Vargas 11 November 2011

Stirling Range – the best Bird-Photo spot of our WA trip & Cheynes Beach – truly a fantastic coastal paradise with really good Birding Getting to Stirling Range Retreat was not easy and although -today- we have a good laugh everytime we remember how the GPS got us lost and in the middle of a [...]

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Blue-throated Bee-eater… a colorful sacrifice!

Thumbnail image for Blue-throated Bee-eater… a colorful sacrifice! by Alex Vargas 27 October 2011

Bee-eaters are fantastic and gracious birds, pretty colorful all of them. The Blue-throated it’s amongst my favorites as it is a beautiful -not so easy to get- target… and I love that kind of challenge! This is a quick story that involves a cool bird, a super hotspot -by all means- to go get it [...]

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Sunbirds Heaven

Thumbnail image for Sunbirds Heaven by Alex Vargas 20 October 2011

Sunbirds are Fantastic birds and Krating Waterfall it’s a real Hotspot to photograph them! I was trilled to see 3 species of Sunbirds at the roadside gardens of the Rain Forest Discovery Center (Malaysian Borneo) in 2010, but when I visited Wat Krating Waterfall -in Khao Kitchakut National Park (eastern Thailand), I was blown away [...]

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Waders Galore

Thumbnail image for Waders Galore by Alex Vargas 7 October 2011

Thailand is invaded by thousands of waders every winter… Kho Kham it’s a fantastic site to photograph them! Just over an hour away from Bangkok, Kho Kham Salt Pans it’s a great meeting and feeding spot for resident and migrant species of waders. On the right time, you can see thousands… Literally! Kho Kham represents [...]

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Birding & Diving Kho Tao, Thailand

Thumbnail image for Birding & Diving Kho Tao, Thailand by DaleForbes 2 October 2011

We spent the last week of our summer holidays on the beautiful island of Koh Tao off the east coast of Thailand (in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan) to spend time with one of our other great passions – the underwater world. But it wasn’t just the underwater world [...]

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My Hottest Bird-Photo Spot in the World

Thumbnail image for My Hottest Bird-Photo Spot in the World by Alex Vargas 29 September 2011

Loong Sin Blind… a Bird-Photographers Paradise Loong Sin (loong in Thai means uncle) is a simple man with a life of experience in the forest. That smiley and helpful little man wasn’t always a great friend of nature. This is -in fact- one of these stories with a happy turn that makes the world better. [...]

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