Birding Asia

Banded Pitta in Southern Thailand

Thumbnail image for Banded Pitta in Southern Thailand by Alex Vargas 22 September 2011

Banded Pitta… A Bird-Photo Jewel Pittas are fascinating birds that hope around the forest floors in tropical Asia and Australasia, with a couple of species found in Africa. The Banded Pitta (Pitta guajana) it’s located in the Thai-Malay Peninsula and the Greater Sundas (except the Island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia). In Thailand, one can only […]

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The stunning Javan Pond Heron

Thumbnail image for The stunning Javan Pond Heron by DaleForbes 18 September 2011

Gulls do not excite me. I am slowly starting to develop an addiction to waders, but Pond Herons, they really do it for me. I am a late-comer to Pond Herons, only having seen my first Ardeola Pond Heron in July of 2011. But it was love at first sight. Heading down toward Kaeng Krachan National […]

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A Bird Photo Hide in Thailand (part 1)

Thumbnail image for A Bird Photo Hide in Thailand (part 1) by DaleForbes 29 August 2011

Thailand offers a rich splendour of wildlife and birding opportunities and Kaeng Krachan National Park (แก่งกระจาน) is one of its absolute greatest. Bird photographer and ex-bird guide Alex Vargas very kindly offered to take us out to Kaeng Krachan when we were recently in Thailand and instead of running around searching for birds, he took […]

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Birding Doi Inthanon – Thailand’s highest mountain

Thumbnail image for Birding Doi Inthanon – Thailand’s highest mountain by DaleForbes 13 August 2011

Thailand is not only gorgeous white beaches, lowland tropical forests and Bangkok cabaret shows; there are also some great high-altitude forests. Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai province holds Thailands highest mountain (of the same name) rising up to a surprising 2565m asl (8415ft). It is pretty much solid forest all the way to […]

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Only 5 pairs Gurney’s Pitta left in Thailand

Thumbnail image for Only 5 pairs Gurney’s Pitta left in Thailand by DaleForbes 19 June 2011

Khao Nor Chuchi, near Krabi in southern Thailand has become something of a tropical birders’ mecca over the last decade – especially for those that are obsessed with pittas as, with 5 pitta species on the cards, Khao Nor Chuchi is bound to get your birder heart racing. Just the thought of Banded Pitta, Hooded […]

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Can you combine birding in a family holiday?

Thumbnail image for Can you combine birding in a family holiday? by DaleForbes 12 June 2011

I suspect that the vast majority of birders have contemplated this at some stage. Fact is that most of us birders are married to, in a relationship with, or the children of non-birders. And when birders have holiday time, particularly in new lands, we immediately start to think with glee of sewage works, stinking mosquito-infested […]

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What Spiderhunter is this?

Thumbnail image for What Spiderhunter is this? by DaleForbes 6 March 2011

Whilst visiting Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand last year, we found a Spiderhunter which exceeded my rather humble abilities to identify Asian birds. It was my first trip to southeast Asia and so you would think I would have hired a guide to show me around, but guides require planing ahead of time […]

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A Taiwan Taster . . . .

Thumbnail image for A Taiwan Taster . . . . by Rebecca Nason 11 February 2011

I visited Taiwan in September 2010 for 9 days on behalf of the Taiwanese Tourist Board – I was not to be disappointed. Taiwan or ‘Ilha Formosa’ means the ‘beautiful Island’ and indeed it is, from lowlands to high mountain peaks up to 3000m and many large scale national parks offering a wealth of bird […]

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Have a great Christmas everyone!

Thumbnail image for Have a great Christmas everyone! by SusanMyers 24 December 2010

Have a great Christmas everyone! I don’t have time to blog today – I have to wrap presents. I hope you all have a wonderful day and a very birdy 2011. Looking forward to blogging at you all next year! Take care.

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Bird art of the Edo Period in Japan

Thumbnail image for Bird art of the Edo Period in Japan by SusanMyers 18 December 2010

8 beautiful birds in Japanese art. A long time ago now I bought a book in a poky little bookshop in suburban Tokyo. I fell in love with that book because it was full of some of the most fabulous natural history illustrations I had ever seen. The artworks of such luminaries as John Gould […]

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Finding Gurney’s Pittas

Thumbnail image for Finding Gurney’s Pittas by DaleForbes 12 December 2010

Crouched in the undergrowth of a mosquito and leech-filled tropical forest I waited quietly, and patiently, for yet another view of the Gurney’s Pitta. I knew his ritual: every 35-55 minutes he came on a feeding cycle through this area. I never knew when he was going to appear and there was no way to […]

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The final 50 Best Birds in Asia!

Thumbnail image for The final 50 Best Birds in Asia! by SusanMyers 10 December 2010

So here is the final list of ten to make up the fifty. The process of putting it together has been, if totally random. Sadly, I didn’t receive any suggestions although earlier I did promise to include Wallcreeper. I have no problem with that! Now THAT is a fancy bird (even if it is found […]

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The Fifty Best Birds in Asia: Part 4

Thumbnail image for The Fifty Best Birds in Asia: Part 4 by SusanMyers 4 December 2010

Sadly, I’m running out of my own photos to post. Hmmm, funny how so many birds I have taken photos of appear in my Top Fifty… Make of it what you will! I do have to admit that part of the reason is that I’m of the belief that blogs are best suited to postings […]

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What my neighbour is teaching me about birds

Thumbnail image for What my neighbour is teaching me about birds by MartinGarner 30 November 2010

Top photo: Crossbill (vocal type unknown), Bashkino, Moscow region, Russia. 17th November 2007. Sergey Yeliseev. Bird sound is a fascinating aspect of our interest in birds. The longer I have been birding the more I realise that the majority of the time, it is bird calls and song that attract my attention, often well before the […]

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The Fifty Best Birds in Asia: Part 3

Thumbnail image for The Fifty Best Birds in Asia: Part 3 by SusanMyers 27 November 2010

The list goes on! The list continues and as I put it together I realize perhaps fifty isn’t enough!  It’s very hard to choose and I probably should apologize for having so many from Borneo, but I’m not going to… 21. Siamese Fireback Lophura diardi There are a number of families that reach their aesthetic […]

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The Fifty Best Birds in Asia: Part 2

Thumbnail image for The Fifty Best Birds in Asia: Part 2 by SusanMyers 20 November 2010

Righto! I’m back with the next installment – yes, 11 to 20. I know you’ve been looking forward to this all week! Actually, this is where it starts to get tricky for me. The first ten are pretty easy but the next forty are more difficult. How to choose? And why would I put Banded […]

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Great News- Sociable Lapwing eastern flyway found!

Thumbnail image for Great News- Sociable Lapwing eastern flyway found! by DaleForbes 20 November 2010

One of the most incredible results and successes of the Amazing Journey project was having one of the Sociable Lapwings (Vanellus gregarius) satellite tagged on the Steppes of central Kazakhstan move down the unknown eastern flyway to the Indian subcontinent. Dinara – as our star was dubbed – was tagged in June 2010 and stuck […]

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The Fifty Best Birds in Asia!

Thumbnail image for The Fifty Best Birds in Asia! by SusanMyers 13 November 2010

Top 50 Asian birds, part 1 OK, I’m mainly doing this to see if anyone’s listening! Oh, and I like to be controversial… These 50-type lists seem to be all the rage at the moment. I had a chapter in a book entitled “50 Places to Bird before you Die” – a bit of a […]

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Unique way of birding trip reporting

Thumbnail image for Unique way of birding trip reporting by Gyorgy Szimuly 29 October 2010

Most of the non-lazy birdwatchers are keen to share experiences of their birding trips from preparation to the full list of birds. While many of them are detailed it is sometimes quite hard to track the records which site they belong to. A few weeks ago I  came across a very cool online tool called […]

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Birds from Sulawesi

Thumbnail image for Birds from Sulawesi by SusanMyers 23 October 2010

Susan Myers is in techno-wilderness of Halmahera. Here she sends some Sulawesi bird pictures from her iPhone!

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