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Old Monday 23rd May 2016, 06:06   #276
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Hi Owen

Great to see you finding newer and better places to find ever more birds.

Wonderful pix of the Penduline Tits nestbuilding and the Chinese Pond Heron - its great to get more background on the egretry - and how interesting it is. No wonder it is left alone if the site owned by the police/prison!

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Yea, you don't see all the illegal fishing, crabbing, mist nets, or even foraging that is rampant everywhere else. Didn't even see any of the usual signs of people sneaking through the fences. Probably for good reason.

Some pics of the Panjin Bird Club. I would include Mr. Lu, the Asst Director, but that is what brought up the police ownership. He said not to share his photo and kind of sheepishly admitted that he had a police uniform, but he didn't usually wear it unless his boss was around.
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Made a quick trip out just before the light rain started and chased me back home.

Nothing of great importance but did locate a Brown Shrike that is not the usual lucionensis but not sure if it would be a superciliosus or confusius. Seemed more like the confusius to me. Note the brown rather than grey head. I also had the more usual lucionensis so included both shots for comparison.

Did finally get a photo of the Common Cuckoo, though not a very good one. And a couple of Black-Crowned Night Heron slowly passing overhead.

Just as I finished up right next to home were my "Rainbirds" right on que. Just as it started to sprinkle the White Wagtail showed up on the rooftop.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
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Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 4 Identified by call; four widely separated males calling from recently drained wetlands area.
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 1
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 2
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 3
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 10

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A lot of flickering movement deep in the bushes at first and then some Asian Brown Flycatcher moved out into view. I noticed while watching them that I would sometimes hear a sharp snap sound when one flew out to catch a flying insect. Very distinct. I then observed several times when one individual was chasing off another the same snap rapidly repeated. It sounded much like the wing tips were coming together at the down stroke and making the sound, but couldn't confirm that with observation. Turned out to be quite a number of these scattered through the park.
I'm quite interested about this sound (and envy your good hearing!). I wonder if anyone else has ideas about it. Does it seem to be some kind of bird call? Sometimes you can hear birds clacking their bills, but I assume that is not the case with flycatchers....
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Made another trip along the ZhongGen Canal which was the hotspot a week ago or so. Not a lot going on this time. Mostly Brown Shrike but did find what I believe were (2) Bull-Headed Shrike. A stockier build with thicker neck and the eye stripe was wider especially on each end. Unfortunately, I never did get a good look at the flanks for the white patch. See what you think. The rice paddies were all flooded and planting underway and one Chinese Pond Heron was observed checking out the paddy fields.

I had couple of probables, but just too quick of a look to be certain and no photos. An individual broke cover from the tree right next to me at head level and shot across a rice paddy to a line of trees on the other side. I saw enough to know it was a new species to me and got an impression of Starling like dark colored with widespread white spotting and white vent. Looking at the Brazil's when I got home, it sure seemed to be a Spotted Nutcracker. Mixed woodland, but I haven't seen any nut producing trees in this area in general. Probably just migrating through. The second I would say maybe 90% certain as there is little that would look like it or fly like it. I had a large black and white bird with large bill break cover well ahead of me and again fly over the paddy. I pulled up the camera and tried to catch it but just ended up losing sight of it entirely. Never did reacquire it. The flight and general outline looked very much like a Kingfisher so I am guessing a Crested Kingfisher. Wish I had gotten a photo as it was impressive since I am used to the half it's size Common Kingfisher.

The family had forgotten to mention that the intern TV reporter that had accompanied the print reporter the other day managed to get his piece about my birding on Panjin TV the other day. None of us actually saw it, but not knowing about it I was rather puzzled to have people on three different occasions actually calling out to me, "Owen! Owen!" and wanting to look at what I had on the camera, which unfortunately at the time was not much. Seemed a little freaky at the time. How did they know my name?

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Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus) 1
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) 2
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 20
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa latirostris) 2
Gray-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum) 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 10

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Deciding it was just not the day for it, I hopped the bus and went back towards home to check out the canal to the north in towards the city center. Turns out that it was a slightly better choice as there was at least some entertainment in the antics of some Azure-Winged Magpie & Chinese Grosbeak. The AWM generally are quite boisterous but the CG that I had seen in the past were always quite calm and quiet. Yesterday they were in the middle of courtship with the males calling and chasing each other in a large locust tree with great vigor and the females choosing mates.

While watching all this activity, I picked up a hanger-on in the form of a young man who was very interested and obviously delighted once he saw what I was looking at. He followed me around the rest of the way pointing out everything he saw including a small snake. He about came unglued when I promptly walked right up to it to get a better look. Looked much like a garter snake, don't know what the species would be here.

I had for the last week been seeing flashes of a dark blue and finally got a better, though quick look at one. Dark blue, almost midnight blue bird with a prominent white eyebrow stripe. As I lowered the bins it moved deeper into the bush and out of sight. Waiting a few minutes I caught a brief look at the original bird accompanied with an equal size and shape brown individual with distinct scaled breast. Initial thought was too different Thrush, but now think I was seeing male and female Siberian Thrush.

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Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 8
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10
Japanese Tit (Parus minor) 1
Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) 6
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica) 2
Yellow-billed Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria) 15
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I'm quite interested about this sound (and envy your good hearing!). I wonder if anyone else has ideas about it. Does it seem to be some kind of bird call? Sometimes you can hear birds clacking their bills, but I assume that is not the case with flycatchers....
I spent 20 years on the floor of machine shops back before hearing protection was required or even normal. You can actually tell a lot about how the machining process is going by the sound even when that sound is an ear splitting shreek. My hearing recovered somewhat in the last 20 years after getting into teaching engineering technology, but I often have trouble with making out the tonal nuances of Chinese so I am sure that it doesn't require especially good hearing to make out what I was hearing.

My wife is a retired professor of music and though my training in noticing detail gives me an advantage in noticing and ID of birds by sight, she is able to catch details in calls and songs that I just don't get.

Maybe just something about that one individual, as I have only heard it in that one specific location.
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Hi Owen, the Shrike is a Brown Shrike. Bull-headed are usually only seen in this area during the fall and winter. As you have alluded to above, Brown Shrikes have a huge amount of variety.
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I'm quite interested about this sound (and envy your good hearing!). I wonder if anyone else has ideas about it. Does it seem to be some kind of bird call? Sometimes you can hear birds clacking their bills, but I assume that is not the case with flycatchers....
I've often heard this sound with Brown Flycatchers when they fly out to catch prey, and I think also Spotted Flycatchers in Europe. I don't think it's a vocalisation.

I've always assumed it was the sound of the bill closing quickly on the prey - imagine you were trying to trap a fly between the palms of your hands. I've never thought about the possibility of it being the wingtips snapping together though.
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I got a pic of this wagtail yesterday. Looks to be a young bird and puzzled me. Apparently no takers on the ID forum. I observed no dark blaze on neck or breast which would rule out the more common White Wagtail. Possibly Yellow or Citrine Wagtail just coming out of 1st winter plumage?
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Definitely one of the White wagtails Owen, but deciding which one is not at all straightforward.

Do you have a record of which races you most commonly see around there?

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I did get a hit on the ID forum and I didn't realize that the juvenile doesn't display the black chest badge. White Wagtail indeed. leucopsis is the only one that I have ever recorded here, so most likely.

This was on a hike over to the Qingshui River and although there are definitely lower counts and less variety than last year, I still had a decent observation. A park area with little traffic, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Black Headed Gull, Mallard and Red-Flanked Bluetail were all a sure thing at this same location last year at the end of the summer and all totally absent now. Common Kingfisher could usually be found and nothing yet this summer.

The highlights were a flock of Common Cuckoo that were displaying, calling loudly and chasing each other around. Creating enough commotion to get me to hike back through a stretch of muddy wetland to get as close as I could. I didn't really need to as the calls were so loud and clear, but wanted a better count and I was enjoying all the activity.

Also the mystery of where all the Hoopoe had disappeared to was solved. Pretty sure this was an undercount as there were Hoopoe calling and flying back and forth in all directions.

Four Whiskered Tern were working the wetlands catching minnows as well as a couple of Black-Crowned Night Heron. More difficult to ID were at least four Black-Browed Reed Warbler. I could get within a meter or so, but they were staying well hidden in the reeds. The camera did a better job of recording the calls than I thought it would and that coupled with a few fleeting glances enabled the final ID.

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Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 2
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 4
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 1
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 8
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 6
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 2
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 30
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 3
Black-browed Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps) 4
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa latirostris) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1
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Things are slowing down quickly now as the migration winds down.

Only thing of note today was I managed to get clear recording of an Oriental Reed Warbler and good ID pics. It didn't look quite right for anything, so I ran it by the ID Forum. Apple outputs MOV files and the convertors I have don't output anything birdforum will take, so you can see/listen to the video at: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B085Uzl7Vdwbwj

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Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 4
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 3
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 4
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 10
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 20
Oriental Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) 2
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Spent most of the day at the dentist, so didn't really get out. Did have this little fledgling posing for a photo. Managed to get him posed on a brick for size reference, but not really sure what I was looking at. Thought at first when I was hearing it begging that it might be one of the White Wagtail, but then realized it was too small. Never did see any parents and it actually could fly quite well, but kept sitting in the neighbor's drive with the loud "cheep, cheep, cheep!"
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Which Reed Warbler?

I went back to where I had managed an audio file of a Reed Warbler that the ID forum seemed to be positive was a Black-Browed Reed Warbler. I had much better luck with getting some ID photos this time. At the exact same place and sounded the same to me. The photos don't look like BB to me however. I would say Oriental Reed Warbler. Thin black eyebrow and no or extremely faint white above that. What say you?
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Maybe my problem. 1st and 2nd pic were within seconds of each other and I was trying to track a bird at 400mm. I thought it was the same bird, but I may have picked up a second bird without realizing it. Perhaps the cause of the sudden flurry of activity was a new arrival trying to make a territorial claim.

1st & 2nd within seconds of each other (13:04). 3rd same location 13:05. 4th same location 13:10. 5th location about 150 meters away at 13:32. 6th same bird same time. 7th another 100 meters away at 13:37
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Are you referring to this thread? http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=325381

My understanding of Grahame's response on that is that your recording is Oriental Reed, and I agree with that ID. There is a link to a recording of BbRW for comparison, but I don't think Grahame is suggesting that was the identification. In comparison, note how your recording has shorter and harsher phrases than the linked BbRW.

Apologies if I've missed another thread that you are referring to.

The photos look like they are all ORW.
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I have no idea why I so totally misread that reply. I look at it now and it is entirely obvious that I was reversing the meaning. Given that point, it clears up this ID, with the majority of the birds in question being Oriental Reed Warbler, which is what it looked like to me. At the time I didn't even realize that there was another species in a shot. Now I have to go make some changes in my records.

I am really weak on distinguishing calls. My high school music teacher once actually told me, "Krout, your the only person I ever met who was totally devoid of any musical talent whatsoever!" My wife, who was a professor of music told me shortly after we were married that she could teach anyone to play piano. I was delighted as I had always admired those with a musical skill. She gave up within a month.
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Back to the wetlands adjacent to the Qingshui River and much more productive this time. Picked up a few birds on the walk over to there including a Eurasian Kestrel working it's usual area. I was glad to see it as it had not been sighted for over a month.

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Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 2
Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 20
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 10

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The actual area by the river was much more active than it had been so far this season. I was able to observe a Whiskered Tern male bringing a fish to the female as foreplay. WT and Black-Crowned Night Heron were fishing heavily. Three Yellow Bittern broke cover and enabled me to pick up another new tic. Hard to tell how many more were around as they are invisible in the reeds until they fly. I noticed something that I am surprised I had missed in the past in that I caught the bright white sub-terminal spots on the tails of some Barn Swallow. Of course the Oriental Reed Warblers that my misreading of Grahame's response on the ID forum caused me to be so confused. Lastly a nice shot of a Common Moorhen with a crab it had just captured.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jun 3, 2016 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
11 species

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 2
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 6
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 26
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 6
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 3
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 20
Oriental Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) 8
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 20

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Into the time where I don't even expect to pick up anything new. I haven't reported every trip here, but it is basically the same thing as I have here each time. Taking advantage of it to work more on learning my camera better. Today was first entire outing of using Manual Mode. It was a good test day as the lighting was not the best with a high haze giving a mostly bright white background with an occasional, "Oh, look at that!", of a bird in dense cover. Worked out pretty well. I'm improving. I now recognize almost all the regulars without needing to analyze the photos with a handbook later at home and feeling much more comfortable with the camera gear. A big learning curve over the last year!

Not the best shot of the day as I only got a momentary chance and almost directly overhead on the wires but this shot of a Chinese Bulbul was perhaps the most interesting. The berries make it look like it is holding a couple of eyeballs in it's beak. Also managed a technically much better shot of another individual, but not as interesting.

Some Whiskered Tern provided a slant (pun intended) on the usual "birds on a wire" photo.

Some Common Cuckoo provided some nice action shots.

I broke the reports to eBird into shorter segments which were also logical breaks into different types of habitat as I recently noticed that they were asking to do so with outings of longer duration or distance.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jun 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
6 species

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 3
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 2
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 2
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1

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Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jun 13, 2016 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
7 species

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 4
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 2
Oriental Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) 5

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Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jun 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
9 species

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 5
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 25
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 12
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10
Oriental Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) 14
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 20

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Looks like I will be making a trip to Hong Kong about August 1st to renew my visa which expires Aug 19th. Two to four day wait according to the agency so I will be booking Monday thru Thursday hotel and figured I would take the wait time to do some birding. I'll be midtown, Just Inn Hong Kong, basically the Tsim Sha Tsui East subway station as that is very near the agency. Looking for thoughts on where to go and how best to get there.
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HI Owen

Hong Kong is hot, very humid and sometimes rainy in August. That's the bad news . . .

The good news is that there are certainly places to go birding some of which will give you a shot at birds that don't make it as far north as Panjin.

Could I suggest you start by looking at the sites on the HKBWS website and consider getting David Diskin's books on nature walks in Hong Kogn which give very good accessinfo for a range of good places.

http://www.accipiterpress.com/hong-k...ure-walks.html

I would recommend Long Valley for open country birds, Kadoorie Farm for woodland birds (there's a bus that can take you up the hill, leaving you only to walk down!) and of course Mai Po for wetland birds, but NB a permit (from WWF - see the WWF HK website) is required for the visit.

The sites I bird are very quiet at this time of year, so I wouldn't recommend them just for birding, but Tai O is an interesting village and can be combined with a visit to general tourist sites such as the Big Buddha , which is nearby on Lantau Island.

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I'd definitely advise Mai Po. Shorebird migration will be underway by early August, and there should be good numbers of some species (especially Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Greater Sand Plover). As Mike says, you will need to arrange a permit, which is best done as early as possible. There are often good numbers of ardeids at that time of year as well (but common species!).

Other wetland sites could also have shorebirds or other wetland species. Long Valley is usually the most worthwhile.

Forest birds will be moving around and the resident species are often visible in late July/early August. KFBG could be worthwhile, as Mike suggested, but I'd suggest that there is likely to be more birds and more variety at Tai Po Kau.
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The weather was beautiful with clear, deep blue skies and not too hot yesterday so I decided to take advantage as it was supposed to warm up quite a bit starting today. I had planned about walk of about 5 km which would cover two areas that I bird. Panjin is all on the flat so that is about my normal limit before the arthritis kicks in too badly.

The first section yielded nothing of particular note until just at the end, while tracking down some Oriental Reed Warbler that I heard calling. In the process of determining a count at the edge of a former wetland area that was ditched and mostly drained this spring that I spotted an area that had been converted to rice paddy with obvious avian activity about 500 meters out. I could make out some Heron but I was unable to be sure of ID on some and could make out many other unidentifiable waders. Unfortunately the wide and deep drainage ditch blocked my access from the east side. The only way in would be via a raised pathway coming in from the west side. That would mean walking all the way around and coming in from that side. Walking 2 km to reach the rice paddy that was 500 meters away. I decided to go ahead and cover the second planned area which was another wetland and then make the detour.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jun 25, 2016 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 kilometer(s)
6 species

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 2
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 2
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 6
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 5

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The second planned area went about as usual but I did find a Little Grebe and a couple of Common Moorhen. The Little Grebe in particular were common last year, but have proven rather scarce this year. I have also noted that last year the area commonly had small numbers of Black-Headed Gull and an occasional Saunders Gull while this year has been only Whiskered Tern and Black-Crowned Night Heron. Just as I was leaving the area and wondering why the Oriental Reed Warbler were being so quiet, a Eurasian Kestrel made a dive into some near-by reeds and came up with a Common Magpie fledgling in its' talons. Managed a quick shot which is nothing to brag of, but which shows the fledgling.

Jun 25, 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
11 species

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 5
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 2
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 6
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 7
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 40
Oriental Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) 6
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 10

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I then cut through the middle of the village to the west for about a kilometer and then back north half a km to where I found the raised pathway. Workers at a near-by oil rig were watching me closely, but there were no signs and no fence, so I just boldly walked out to the east along the pathway for about 500 meters to the rice paddies. Someone has made a feeble attempt at planting corn on much of the drained wetland but it is a rather pitiful affair. The rice paddies where at least managing well from what I could see.

Just as I arrived at the rice paddies a pair of Grey-Headed Lapwing rose up out of the reeds regrowing along the edges of the rice and started loudly trying to scare me off. I got one shot at 640mm completely filling the frame as it came head on at me. At the time I was thinking, "Man, that looks close in the telephoto!". As I lowered the camera the Lapwing buzzed just over me, barely missing my head!

The Heron proved to be Black-Crowned Night Heron with several females staying close to the tall reeds along the edges of the pond and one fledgling visible just on the edge of the reeds. They all simply, calmly stepped back into the reeds and disappeared! It was surprising how well they managed the trick as they literally seemed to vanish. I have only seen them nesting in trees before, but there were not trees within 500 meters and no nests in those and the fledgling looked to be about three-quarters the size of the females and still covered in downy feathers, so probably could not fly yet, so they must have been nesting in the reeds.

I did catch a quick look at a very distant Cattle Egret as it flew through my field of view in the binoculars. I got some rather poor very long range photos, but good enough to identify the distinct plumage.

Also evident were Black-Winged Stilt and a single Spotted Redshank which even eBird confirmed as a rare bird sighting. All together making it worth the extra 3 km of walking.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 10
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 8
Gray-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus) 10
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 1 Single individual in a rice paddy mixed with Black-Winged Stilt
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 2
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 3
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 4

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I did some rather lackadaisical birding as I headed home, but soon gave it up do to an approaching thunderhead and aching joints. About 7.5 km of hiking which is beyond my normal limits, but the next few days are supposed to be too warm and humid to be out, so I can recover.

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 2
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 2
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 6
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 5

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