Tuesday, December 27, 2011

IRRI and environs - Christmas week 2011

A quiet week birding-wise. The farms are pretty wet, with all the rice harvested so lots of open, flooded paddies being prepared for the new rice crop. Not much on them bar the usual Wood Sandpipers and Little Ringed Plovers. The Peregrine is still on station, and Yellow and Grey Wagtails are scattered throughout. There are plenty of Intermediate and Cattle Egrets and Whiskered Terns hanging around the crews preparing the fields.

Juvenile Grey Wagtail
Long-tailed Shrike. One bird on the lowland farms on Tuesday, an unusual occurrence.
 Whiskered Tern

An extremely muddy Carabao

Up at IRRI staff housing on Tuesday a quick walkabout produced a good crop, with Red-keeled and Striped Flowerpeckers, Olive-backed and Plain-throated Sunbirds, Philippine Woodpecker, White-throated Kingfisher, Grey-streaked Flycatcher and Philippine Honey Buzzard high overhead.

Red-keeled Flowerpecker 
 Philippine Honey-Buzzard
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon gularis, Another recent split from White-breasted Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis.
Golden Birdwing

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