It has been a great birding season in Thailand. I have really enjoyed it, and bagged a lot of good birds. As well as taking a lot of great photos. I am basically a birding photographer. I know nothing about the birds per say. Although this year I have been trying to learn the habits of the birds I photograph. To help me find them. Personally I never use a bird guide. Since a hobby for me. I enjoy finding them to photograph.
This year marked the third year of birding in Thailand. At this point I have been from the southern tip of Thailand to the northern point so many times I cannot count. Now I have to decide what to do this summer and what I want to do and where I want to go birding next year. Do I want to stay in Thailand? Or do I want to explore other areas?
At this point I am thinking of traveling to India for a few months to see if I like it. Allot of the birds there are here in Thailand, but they have more birds there and a much larger land mass.
At this point I am researching India and the birding hot spots. Hopefully India will give me a 10 year multiple entry tourist visa. That will give me the opportunity to return as many times as I want in a 10 year period.
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
I thought the rice fields of Thailand deserved a blog post. Most everyone goes to the N.P.'s for birding. I very rarely see people exploring the country side in Thailand. Rice is the number one crop here in Thailand. I have been in Phechaburi for a few months. Which is a very good birding location in Thailand. The rice is planted and harvested 3 times a year in this location. During the early stages, the fields are flooded and shore birds and herons come in to feed. Before harvest, I see Munia and herons as well as rails and waterhens in the fields. Here are a few bird I have taken recently in the " Rice fields of Thailand".
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Really is a great place to bird. When the fields are being harvested. Raptors fly by looking for mice. Herons follow the tractors harvesting the fields. Just a beautiful sight to see. The rice is being harvested now in Phechaburi. If in the area it is worth a day to explore and watch.
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Birding is free!! Just open the door? Great fun and enjoyment.
I am a birder, that lives in Asia most of the year. My home is in San Antonio Texas.