Sunday, 24 June 2012


It's been 20 days since my latest post, so I thought that it's about time I should post something new. I've been busy working as an intern for the last 2 months and barely got any chance to go birding. Now I'm back in my peaceful home in Chiang Mai and I'll be doing full time artist for the upcoming raptor guide book for the next 3 months. Hopefully, I'll be able to update this blog more frequently too. These photos of the Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope) are pretty old photos taken since March 30 this year. Few individuals were still staying around in my local patch near Mae Taeng River.

Singing male Siberian Rubythroat

Late March to early April is the only time when you can hear the sweet song of the Siberian Rubythroat. Most of them would be gone by mid April. The individual in these photos was found singing on treetop early in the morning. It was territorial but also very shy. I had to hide among the grass and wait for it to come and sing at its favourite perch. It was a beautiful moment sitting there among dew drops listening to the song of a rubythroat.

Golden-headed Cisticola moulting into breeding plumage

An unusually tame Yellow-bellied Prinia

The resident 'jerdoni' race of the Little Ringed Plover

Apart from the rubythroat, here's a collection of some other birds taken in my local patch during the same time. The Golden-headed Cisticola is one of my favourite birds. I've never got a chance to get any decent photo of it in breeding plumage yet. This time, an extraordinary tame bird was found singing in a corn field. Shame it still hasn't finished moulting into breeding plumage. The Yellow-bellied Prinia in the photos was also unusually tame. It was hopping around seeking for small insects on the ground completely ignoring my existence. On the other hand, few pairs of the resident 'jerdoni' race of the Little Ringed Plovers that seemed to be nesting along the river banks were extremely shy and unapproachable. The resident race of South-East Asia seems to have thicker eyerings with narrower black bands both across the breast and forehead than the one which breeds in East Asia.


  1. Good luck with the book and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of your drawings.

  2. The Rubythroat is certainly a species I really hope to see one day here in Malaysia. Good captures as usual.

    1. You might as well visit northern Thailand next winter. We have plenty here.

  3. Wonderful photos of the rubythroat and the otehrs as well. I thought you'd been a bit quiet. It's nice to see this post. Hope you're enjoying your work.

  4. Attractive song and attractive bird.... showing a lot of "Ruby" colour at the end of March

  5. Thanks everyone! The relaxing atmosphere around my house plus more time for birding will surely help me produce more works.

  6. I'm sure I left a comment on these yesterday.....maybe I'm getting forgetful as I get older.......

    Anyway, great shots of the Rubythroat!