Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Collared Kingfisher (again)

Having very much enjoyed my second helpings of the Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides over the long weekend, it also seemed that no harm could possibly come of making the short drive north to the Ba Zhang River this morning for a similar second look at the wintering Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris. The bird had been wary and always at range when I had first seen it in December, meaning that my photos of it all were grainy and poor. I was hopeful that I would be able to do better with it photographically today and optimistic that the bird would be somewhat more confiding. Much like the shrike, this time round it proved to be more than happy to oblige.

There was nothing else out on the river, save for a distant Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes. Both the drives out and home suggested that, just like last year, the Ding Shan Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula had done a bunk right on the turn of the year. Oh, well, some you win, some you lose, I suppose. Above photos taken on the Ba Zhang River, Tainan County 4/1/17.

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