|View to the north across Bueng Boraphet|
I followed the naturetrail, which traces the path of a raised bund through areas of flooded and dry scrub, reeds, lotus, open water and has several vantage points overlooking the main lake. One of the first species I saw was a stunning male Siberian Rubythroat feeding along the side of an overgrown ditch, this was to be the first of at least eight seen over the next few hours, hearing at least another five the numbers wintering here must be high. All the while during the walk Black-browed, Oriental Reed, Pallas's Grasshopper and Dusky Warblers were everywhere, with singing Striated Grassbirds and Yellow-bellied Prinia also very much in evidence.
|An area of wet and dry overgrown marsh, which was fall of warblers|
I couldn't leave Bung Bhoraphet without getting a photo of a couple of White-eyed River Martins resting nearby.
White-eyed River Martin were first discovered at Bueng Boraphet in 1968, all records were between November and February and they have never been anywherere else in the world. Last sighted in 1980 it is feared that this unique species is now extinct, perhaps there is some hope, that some may survive somewhere in a remote part of China, Burma or Cambodia.