Thursday, November 8, 2012

Open-billed Stork

Yesterday had various things to do in Chiang Mai, but before leaving Chiang Mai did have an adult male Amur Falcon over the garden again and a Crested Goshawk. I was surprised to see a flock of 50 Open-billed Storks over paddies on the edge of Chiang Mai the first time I have seen this species in the north. Open-bills are increasing in Thailand but are generally scarce if not rare in the north but this year has seen many more than usual around Chiang Mai, with up to 600 recorded one day in October. Also Common Buzzard in the same area and a male Eastern Marsh Harrier across the road near Chiang Dao.

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