Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Monday 5th of March 2018 and I woke up at 04:00. Of course, my alarm is set to go off at 4. I out on the kettle and I was drinking Earl Grey tea reading the news. I was not surprised, Sweden is sticking out again and I can't help wondering about the Government and the previous government. They had destroyed Sweden and now they expect to be re-elected again in September 2018. And the Swedes must be stupid continuing voting for them.


New York Times had an article about Sweden, and it was not the land of milk and honey. Well, that was a long time ago. Click HERE to read the article. Amazing, a party, the leader aspire to be the new PM of Sweden and he tells us that rape and serious crime is here to stay. They have opened the borders and no control on who have crossed the borders and now we see what have happened in Sweden. And they expect us to vote for them.


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I was lucky, I got a taxi as soon as I came out on the street and we took off to Suan Rot Fai. Light morning traffic and I was soon walking down the jogging track in Suan Rot Fai. It was still dark but the sun was about to rise above the sky scrapers.

There were Pond Herons and Cattle Egrets on the lawn. I could see that the birds were changing to breeding plumage. The Cattle Egret is easy enough to identify, but the Pond Herons are impossible to identify in their winter plumage.

Sukhumvit Soi 23 in Bangkok, Thailand
Early morning on Sukhumvit Soi 23

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
Still dark in Suan Rot Fai

Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus coromandus, นกยางควาย
Eastern Cattle Egret - นกยางควาย
We can see that the Cattle Egret is changing to
the beautiful yellow/ orange breeding plumage

Walking along the walk/ jogging track and when I came to the first small pond after the big pond/ lake at the entrance I left the track. I walked down to the pond to see if there were any Kingfishers. There were not one single bird in the pond or in the trees so I continued towards the entrance on the East side.

At the entrance you can get up on the bicycle track and walk along the creek towards the bridge to the Queen Sirikit Park. Coming up on the bicycle track keep your eyes out for Kingfishers on your left hand side at the water edge. I have seen a couple of Common Kingfishers.

Walking along the bicycle track and there are a lot of Asian Koels in the trees. White-breasted Waterhens are often seen along the water. There are also Kingfishers but I have not seen many since they built the new bicycle track. The pond West of the bridge to the Queen Sirikit Park was an “ALMOST” guarantee to see a Kingfisher or two before they built the bridge

I did the obligatory walk out on the bridge to look up and down the creek. Or if it is a Canal or pond. Anyway, look up and down the water and you might see a Kingfisher. Today there was no Kingfishers, but I saw the Green-billed Malkoha, first time for me in Bangkok. And so far the best view of the Green-billed Malkoha I have ever had. A wee bit too far away, but I was happy.

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
Coming up on the bicycle track

Green-billed Malkoha, Phaenicophaeus tristis, นกบั้งรอกใหญ่
Green-billed Malkoha - นกบั้งรอกใหญ่

I was very happy when I left the bridge walking towards the children’s traffic school. I might be lucky to see a Spotted Owlet or a Kingfisher in that area. I have seen 5 different Kingfishers in Suan Rot Fai.
1) Stork-billed Kingfisher
2) Collared Kingfisher
3) White-throated Kingfisher
4) Common Kingfisher
5) Black-capped Kingfisher

And I have seen 3 of them in this area. So I always come here to have a look. The Owlet tree was empty and there were no sight of any Kingfishers and I walked back towards the bridge to the Queen Sirikit Park. I looked up one of the trees leaving the area and I spotted a female Asian Koel. She gave me enough time for a picture before she took off to a tree with a Male Asian Koel across the walk path.

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
Walk along the water to the “traffic school”

Spotted Dove, Spilopelia chinensis, นกเขาใหญ่, นกเขาหลวง

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Asian Koel, Eudynamys scolopaceus, นกกาเหว่า

Asian Koel, Eudynamys scolopaceus, นกกาเหว่า
Male Asian Koel - นกกาเหว่า

I got a picture of the male as well. I started to walk back towards the bridge to Queen Sirikit. Do you remember my bird watching on New Zealand? The Audubon Bird Caller? I was kind of impressed with my Guide's Audubon Bird Caller. And I saw a Bell bird coming after him when he was using the bird caller.

I try my new Audubon Bird Caller in Singapore November 2017

Audubon Bird Call

Product Description
When twisted, this simple birch wood/pewter instrument will produce sounds which attract a variety of wild songbirds. It is now the standard songbird call throughout the world. The Audubon Bird Call comes packaged with a capsule of rosin powder. Carefully apply to the metal surface to renew the call’s “voice.”

The bird call’s sound is produced by twisting the cast zinc plug against the wooden cylinder. Originally used by hunters in Europe, the bird call’s sound attracts birds by convincing them that there are other birds in the area. They are curious about the sound.

**PLEASE NOTE: When using your bird call, please do so ethically. Avoid stressing birds by calling near nesting areas.

The Audubon Bird Call measures approximately 2 1/4 x 5/8 inches.

Audubon Bird Call


Worry beads

or kombolói, kompoloi (Greek: κομπολόι, IPA: [ko(m)boˈloj], bead collection; plural: κομπολόγια, IPA: [ko(m)boˈloʝa]) is a string of beads manipulated with one or two hands and used to pass time in Greek and Cypriot culture. Unlike the similar prayer beads used in many religious traditions, worry beads have no religious or ceremonial purpose.

Use Worry beads have several uses in Greek culture, including:

• relaxation, enjoyment, and generally passing the time
• as an amulet, to guard against bad luck
• used by people who wish to limit smoking
• as a mark of power and social prestige. This is especially true in the case of expensive worry beads made of silver or amber.

Many prominent Greeks were users and collectors of worry beads, including former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and business magnate Aristotle Onassis.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Now I have been using it so much, and since I left New Zealand, exactly ZERO birds have shown any interest in my bird caller. But I always have the Audubon Bird Call hanging around my neck and I, well, I always twist the darn thing, most likely some therapeutic reason, as using Worry beads

Anyway, I left the Asian Koels behind twisting my bird caller. BOOM! A Spotted Owlet landed next to me. I had to shot from the hip and the owlet took off again. My Guide in New Zealand had have the same experience. He told me that the Audubon Bird Call sounds like a bird baby or a injured bird and the owlet come to eat the bird.

A Green-billed Malkoha and now a Spotted Owlet, the morning turns out to be good. Continuing towards the bridge and there is a Coppersmith Barbet sitting in top of a small tree.

Spotted Owlet, Athene brama, นกเค้าจุด

Coppersmith Barbet, Psilopogon haemacephalus, นกตีทอง

Coppersmith Barbet, Psilopogon haemacephalus, นกตีทอง
Coppersmith Barbet - นกตีทอง

Coppersmith Barbet, Psilopogon haemacephalus, นกตีทอง
Coppersmith Barbet - นกตีทอง


Canon EOS 5D

Not the most expensive camera you can buy, but I'm disappointed with the video function. When I bought the camera I could not care less about the video function. I never thought that I would take any videos. But well, here we are. No AUTO FOCUS when you take video and my cheap 700 € Canon PowerShot G7X have AUTO FOCUS when I take video.

My Canon EOS 5D is kind of heavy and I cannot look through the viewfinder eyepiece. Trying to look on the LCD monitor and at the same time trying to set the focus manually by turning the lens. Yes, as you can see on the Coppersmith Barbet video above it is not good.

We can see that the Canon PowerShot G7X
is fully automatic when taking videos

Well, I have a belt pouch for my Canon PowerShot G7X so we will look forward to Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully much better bird videos in the future. So keep your eyes out for new Birding News videos.


I was not very happy with the video and I had spent quite some time trying to get the Coppersmith Barbet on video. The bird is out of focus, but we can see how the bird use the throat to make the “Coppersmith” sound. I left the bird and back at the bridge I turned right continuing along the bicycle track towards the bird hide.

The bird hide is on the bridge they call the Bird Wave. The have cleared the pond so it was open water today, previous the area on the right hand side had been covered by vegetation. I could not spot any birds and I crossed the Bird Wave to the Queen Sirikit Park.

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
The Bird Wave bridge

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
They have cleared the area and it is open water

I had to cut my visit short. I was up at 4 o'clock and I enjoyed my Earl Grey tea with honey. Approaching Suan Rot Fai and I realised that I had forgot to eat breakfast. So I was getting hungry. I decided to walk through the Queen Sirikit Park to have a look for birds and then to take a taxi back home to have breakfast before going to Chaiyasit Muay Thai Gym for a session with ปีศาจแดง ก.กุมานนท์, Red Devil.

It started to get hot and the birds are taking cover. But I spotted a group of Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers. And I was very lucky with three Scaly-breasted Munias. I came so close I had never been before. So I was very happy when I left after 2 and a half to 3 hours in the park. I had seen some exciting birds during the morning.

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia - นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Birding/ Birdwatching in Suan Rot Fai/ Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok, Thailand
Time to go home

My next bird picture will be from India, and I will Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully have plenty of pictures of tigers and other exciting wild life. Click HERE to check it out!



General election in Sweden September 2018. Sweden is already beyond rescue and this is most likely the last free election in Sweden. They are already changing the “Free speech” laws in Sweden. Censorship and it only show how desperate they are to keep the population in the dark, as by now they have (must have) realised how they have destroyed what might have once been the best country in the world.

State media blasting 24/7 on how well Sweden is doing when it is obvious for everyone how health care, education system, police, judicial system and the welfare state have collapsed.

Where it is now allowed to be married to children, rape is a normal thing that the Police don’t even investigate thanks to the world’s first feminist government. What a sad joke this country have turned in to.


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Jiffy (also jiff)

noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

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Faites vous parlez le français? Pas de problème! Pour arriver à la page suivante faites s'il vous plaît un déclic le bouton “Next” ci-dessus!

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E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

Flag of Skåne / Skånska flaggan Well, the flag of Skåne, just a BONUS flag.


                                

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