29 March 2022

Bird watching trip report


Introduction

Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds is an area, well, the name says it all. It is a very beautiful area to drive around in. The area is 3 eBird hotspots, one General Area and two for two different sois. And as you drive around it is impossible to keep track of the two hotspots and I used the Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area) hotspot.

• Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area)
• Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds--Soi Praek Nam Daeng 10
• Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds--Soi Praek Nam Daeng 6

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Guide

I usually don't use any bird watching Guide in / around Bangkok. I rent a taxi for the full day and the driver picks me up at 6 o'clock in the morning and we return between 3 and 7 o'clock. A very convenient way to do birding. Of course, if you don't know the area you can find a bird watching Guide.

Land transportation

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng, Samut Songkhram, Thailand
About 100 km from the Sukhumvit / Asoke intersection in DOWN TOWN Bangkok

TODAY WE ARE GOING TO USE THE TOUR COMPANY VAN

You will need a car and if you don't have your own a taxi is a very convenient way of travelling. Depending on the early morning traffic it will take about 2 hours to reach Chao Samran. You rent the taxi for a full day and it will set you back with about 1500-3000 Baht (May 2020). To make sure that the driver understand you can show the below Thai Script:
• Praek Nam Daeng, Samut Songkhram แพรกหนามแดง, สมุทรสงคราม

Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map to Praek Nam Daeng, Samut Songkhram


Scan for map to Praek Nam Daeng


Get to Rama II Road on the west side of the Chao Phraya River and follow route #35. The road your going to is actually going south from Rama II road along the border between the two provinces Samut Songkhram and Ratchaburi. This is about 7 km before Rama II end merging in to Route #4

Turn off towards south from Rama II and you can enjoy birds and a beautiful landscape, end even if you're not interested in birds it is a nice drive to follow the dirt tracks along the fish ponds and paddies.


Equipment

Canon 5D Mk. III + Canon 5D Mk. IV
Canon EF 28-300/3,5-5,6 L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200/2,8L IS II USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
Canon Speedlite 600EXII-RT flash
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Panasonic HC-W585 video camera

Sound recorder
ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder

Binocular
Steiner Skyhawk 8x32 (Since May 2020)


Weather / climate

Weather, I don´t know if Bangkok is the hottest capital in the world. But this is what they say and I have no reason to doubt this information because it is darn hot.

Bangkok, Thailand - Climate & Temperature
Pictures from www.climatemps.com

Bangkok, Thailand - Climate & Temperature - Click picture for full size
Pictures from www.climatemps.com



References/Resources

Thai National Parks - About the National Parks in Thailand A very good web page - Do you know that there are still wild tigers, elephants, leopards, tapirs, gaurs, bears and many monkey species in many tropical rainforests across Thailand? Do you also know that around 10% of all marine species in the world can be found in Thailand? And the fact that Thailand is the best bird-watching destination in mainland Asia?

National parks are protected areas of land because they have unspoilt landscapes and a diverse number of native plants and animals. There are 127 national parks in Thailand, of them 22 marine national parks. These parks offers a diverse range of flora and fauna, home to important population of endangered species.
So now it will be easy to find out if there are any National Park close to you.

Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) - The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) is one of the oldest Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST)organisations conserving birds and nature in Thailand and is the country partner of BirdLife International. BCST's role to the local community is to spread awareness about urban birds and reconnect people back to nature.

The Logo
Dated back to 1986 when BCST was then a loosely-formed “Bangkok Birdwatching Club”, the Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), or “Nok Gang Ken Baan” in Thai, has been chosen to represent the organisation.

There are two sites covering Thailand and I have used them many times. These two web pages are actually everything you need for your birding adventures in Thailand. All the information you need about all the birding spots. Click on the map and then select your spot and you will have maps and everything you need to know about the areas. They have put a lot of jobs in to their web pages, North Thailand Birding and thaibirding.com A must to visit before you go bird watching in Thailand.

www.norththailandbirding.com - A one stop only for all your birding in Thailand

thaibirding.com - Nick Upton's one stop only for all your birding in Thailand.

Use both www.thaibirding.com and www.norththailandbirding.com and you have a winner. Some of the maps on www.norththailandbirding.com are way better than Nick Upton´s, while some of Nick's maps are much more detailed. So I have found that if I use both the web pages for information, well, nothing else needed.

PBase/Peter Ericson - Peter Ericson, a guy I thought was from USA because of his family name. I met him at Lat Krabang Paddies in May 2020 and turned out that he was Swedish. Anyway, I have used his excellent page PBase since 2016 as help to ID birds by the help from his beautiful bird pictures.

Here you can also find information about birding tours.

He is also having a Blog - Thaibirds and more with interesting information.

Bangkok City Birding - A lot of interesting birding stories and information on this bird watching blog by David Gandy. Bangkok-based patch-worker in Suan Rot Fai, a large park close to the city's famous weekend market. He have recorded 150 species on his patch since 2008. As one of the only big green spaces in the city, “SRF” acts as a real magnet for migrants during spring and autumn, and holds a healthy selection of "sibes" during the winter months.


ebird - Find birding hotspots with bird checklists from all over the world

Avibase - is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 25 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 12,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages


www.oiseaux.net This web page is also excellent for identifying birds. There is information and range maps for many many birds from all over the world. This page is almost guaranteed to give you any answer you have about any bird in the world.

Cloudbirders - Read birding trip reports from all over the world

Fatbirder - Linking birders worldwide... Wildlife Travellers see their sister site: WAND


Fatbirder is a fantastic web page with information from, I think every country in the world. My first stop when I plan for my bird watching trips. There is information about locations and guides, well, pretty much everything you need to know. Sometimes this is the only place I need to visit to plan my trip.

BirdingPal - find a birding Guide around the world

BirdingPal


And the web page you cannot live without. I have been around the world looking for birds. I usually have a Guide, but sometimes it is not possible to find a Guide. So, well, I have lost count on how many times I have had help to ID birds at BirdForum. Joining this forum have been very very good for my bird watching experience.

www.birdforum.net

ClimaTemps.com is the place to learn about the worlds climates with more than 4000 locations documented. Each aspect of the climate is represented using colour enhanced tables and professional graphs so that data can easily be compared by switching between locations in different tabs in your browser.

“A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson”


A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson

A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson. New edition updated with 76 species since previous edition “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig” Nick Upton at www.thaibirding.com wrote “This quite excellent book is packed full of quality illustrations and written information on 1251 species recorded in Southeast Asia”

I bought this book for bird watching in Thailand, but it goes for all over SE Asia

I have been very happy with the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson” But I had a fire in my condo 2019 and I needed to buy a new book. I was looking for the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson” as I liked the book. But this book is not available anymore so I had to buy the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand” by Craig Robson.

What a disappointment this was, using the pictures in the book didn't helped to ID any birds.

“Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij


I met Peter Ericson, a famous bird watcher and he recommended the “Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij. I bought the book as soon as the book stores opened after the Wuhan virus. And I am very happy with the book and I have managed to ID some birds using the book.

Birds of Thailand by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij

This new field guide will help you identify all 1049 species to have been recorded in the country to date, including the 20 species endemic or near-endemic to Thailand.

-Taxonomy follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.

-Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.

-Almost 2200 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.

-QR code for each species, linking to the Internet Bird Collection gallery of photos, videos and sounds.

-More than 1025 full-colour range maps for all species other than vagrants.

-Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.

-Local species name and local conservation status included.


I like the book, but I miss the picture index.


Places to visit

Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds


Praek Nam Daeng is, well, never heard of it. The eBird hotspots is the only thing I can find about it. Mostly known for the area where they caught 400 monitor lizards back in 2013. The story was in Coconut Bangkok

Coconuts Bangkok

The area is full of fresh water ponds so the area have a lot of birds associated with fresh water ponds and rice paddies, a beautiful habitat. Close to DOWN TOWN Bangkok and easy accessible. Well worth the time to come here to look for birds and the farmland landscape.

There are 3 different eBird hotspots at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds:

• Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area)
• Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds--Soi Praek Nam Daeng 10
• Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds--Soi Praek Nam Daeng 6

I use the Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area) as I can go around without thinking about the borders between the hotspots. And it is not easy to keep track of the hotspots driving around on the dirt tracks between the paddies and ponds.

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
eBird hotspots Praek Nam Daeng, Samut Songkhram


Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area)


Take off from RAMA II road and get up on the dirt road driving south. And there is a lot of dirt track so I recommend the use of a GPS as it can be very easy to get lost and to find the way back to RAMA II road. You will drive along water for most of the time as even the rice fields are full of water until harvest.

Not much traffic on the dirt roads so it is kind of easy to park along the roads if you want to get out to walk around.

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Off the highway and we drive along a canal

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Follow the dirt track along a canal

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Follow the dirt track along a canal

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Drive along rice paddies

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Drive along rice paddies

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
You never grow tired of the landscape,
especially when there is a chance for a bird to POP up

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Drive along rice paddies

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
A bridge

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Many dirt tracks in the area

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Drive along rice paddies

Birding/ Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng Marshlands & Fish Ponds (general area), Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Fish farms


Bird checklist

I never use any bird lists, but since I try to make it in to Cloudbirders. A very helpful site when planning your birding trips. But they ask for a bird checklist, and if I use their service, of course I want to contribute as well. My two first bird watching trip reports was rejected by Cloudbirders.

So I started to take ideas from the reports I found on Cloudbirders. So I have started to use bird lists, eBird generate one for me and I can post it on Cloudbirders. I will post my birds on eBird and on my different “BIRDS THAT I HAVE OBSERVED” pages.

Full Thai list updated to the taxonomy, nomenclature and sequence of the IOU/IOC World Bird List. The complete checklist, including Thai names and synonyms, can be downloaded in Excel format - Thailand Bird Checklist. - Version 8.2 (2018) - found at www.norththailandbirding.com

Check lists can come in handy to find out the local name of the bird etc. And Avibase have a list with pictures and sounds, excellent!

So I will post bird checklists here and if my Guides provide me with checklists I will also post them here.

Cloudbirders


Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World

Phetchaburi bird checklist from Avibase, click HERE - eBird version 2019 taxonomy

Avibase is providing you with bird checklists from all over the world. And I´m impressed by their web page. Select country and area and you get the bird checklist. Like the PDF files I got from Avibase on the links above. You also get the checklist with pictures and sounds.

The best part is that you get the local names of the birds and the online checklist gives the names in English plus the language you have selected. But it seems like the PDF cannot handle some alphabet.

For example the Japanese language so it is blank in the PDF checklist. But it worked excellent with Swedish. But you get them in the local language on the online version.


Bird list

I only list birds I have got on picture on my list of OBSERVED BIRDS. But since I started using eBird I have changed a bit. I list all the birds on the eBird checklist. See the DAY-TO-DAY report in the itinerary below.

And you can visit my list of “Birds I have seen in Thailand” ONLY BIRDS I HAVE ON PICTURE.


Trip Report

Praek Nam Daeng

29th of March 2022 and the taxi was waiting for me at 6 o'clock and he was very happy to see me. He have been missing our bird watching tours. We left my condo just after 6 o'clock. I was in the car and of course, I had forgotten my phone and I had to get upstairs again. I have my eBird app in my phone so I really need this.

We turned off Rama II highway when we reached Praek Nam Daeng and I turned on my eBird app and we started to look for birds driving along the ponds and paddies.

Scaly-breasted Munia / นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng
Praek Nam Daeng

Streak-eared Bulbul / นกปรอดสวน

Red Collared Dove / Red turtle dove / นกเขาไฟ

Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง

Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง
Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง

Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng

Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng

It was raining and gloom and grey for long as you could see. The sky covered by black clouds so I needed to use a crazy ISO speed to take pictures. We drove along a beautiful landscape and I was in the back looking out for birds. And my Driver have become very good in spotting birds from up front while driving.

We passed a fish pond and there were plenty terns flying around chasing food. We stopped and I got out of the car to see what kind of birds it was. Black capped tern with a black or very dark belly and I could not see any birds fitting this description in my birds of Thailand book.
www.birdforum.net

I had to consult birdforum when I came back home and I was soon informed that it was Whiskered Terns flying around over the pond. There were also plenty Javan pond Herons and Little Egrets.

Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng

Whiskered Tern / นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว

Whiskered Tern / นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว
Whiskered Tern / นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว

Brown shrike / นกอีเสือสีน้ำตาล

Yellow-vented bulbul / นกปรอดหน้านวล

Black-capped Kingfisher, Halcyon pileata, นกกะเต็นหัวดำ

Black-capped Kingfisher, Halcyon pileata, นกกะเต็นหัวดำ
Black-capped Kingfisher / นกกะเต็นหัวดำ

Blue-tailed Bee-eater / นกจาบคาหัวเขียว
Blue-tailed Bee-eater with 2 weavers

Blue-tailed Bee-eater / นกจาบคาหัวเขียว

Blue-tailed Bee-eater / นกจาบคาหัวเขียว
Blue-tailed Bee-eater / นกจาบคาหัวเขียว

We drove slowly along the road and suddenly we had one Blue-tailed Bee-eater sitting next to the road. And we discovered 8 more sitting on the wire on the other side of the road.

Really no good light for taking pictures of the beautiful Blue-tailed Bee-eater. We continue rolling slowly and we get 50 meter or so when I tell the driver to stop. There is one Asian Golden Weaver that I will try to take a picture of. Then I discover one white and blue Budgerigar sitting next to the car.

Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng
Driving through a beautiful landscape

Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง
Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง

Budgerigar
Budgerigar

Budgerigar
Budgerigar

Budgerigar
Budgerigar

Budgerigar
Budgerigar

Budgerigar
Budgerigar

Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง
Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง

Little Grebe / นกเป็ดผีเล็ก

The Budgerigar takes off flying down to road where we came from after a few minutes. We make a U-turn to drive back and then we make another U-turn and we drive back again slowly trying to spot the bird again. But no luck with the Budgerigar.

Perch

noun a thing on which a bird alights or roosts, typically a branch or a horizontal rod or bar in a birdcage.
• a place where someone or something rests or sits, especially one that is high or precarious: Marian looked down from her perch in a beech tree above the road.

verb [no OBJ., with ADVERBIAL OF PLACE] (of a bird) alight or rest on something: a herring gull perched on the rails for most of the crossing.
• (of a person) sit somewhere, especially on something high or narrow: Eve perched on the side of the armchair.


Always tricky to take pictures of a bird sitting above with the bright sky in the back. Need to be lucky to get the right over exposure and if the bird stay for a while there is time to try different settings.

We left before the Drongo left, the bird changed wire but it did not bother about us.

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา
Black Drongo eating some kind of fruit

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา
Black Drongo eating some kind of fruit

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา
Black Drongo eating some kind of fruit

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา
Black Drongo eating some kind of fruit

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา
Black Drongo eating some kind of fruit

Javan pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa, นกยางกรอกพันธุ์ชวา

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, นกยางเปีย, コサギ

Plain Prinia, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

Asian Golden Weaver / นกกระจาบทอง
A beautiful male Asian Golden Weaver in full breeding plumage

Great/Oriental/Clamorous Reed Warbler
Great/Oriental/Clamorous Reed Warbler

We pass a small mud flat under some trees and I spot a Night Heron landing in the trees. We stop but we cannot see the Night Heron again. But I discover two Redshanks and two Marsh sandpipers and one Wood sandpiper. The sandpipers was not correctly ID until I was back home so I could get help from birdforum.

Thanks to dwatsonbirder at Birdforum I could identify this birds.

Forum thread HERE


Birdforum


Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola, นกชายเลนน้ำจืด, Grönbena

Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola, นกชายเลนน้ำจืด, Grönbena
Wood sandpiper / นกชายเลนน้ำจืด

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง

Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena, นกทะเลขาแดง
Common Redshank / นกทะเลขาแดง

Marsh Sandpiper, Tringa stagnatilis, นกชายเลนบึง, Dammsnäppa

We continued for a couple of hundred meters before we decided to turn around and to get out on the highway to get south towards Phetchaburi Rice Paddies. We turn around and we see a Coucal sitting on a fence looking to dry its wings.

Thought it was a Great Coucal as 99.99 % if the coucals I have seen have been the greater. I think I have only seen 2 or 3 Lesser Coucals in my life.

Coming closer and I see that this one is a Lesser Coucal, and the only way for me to see the difference is by the eye colour. The Greater have clearly red eyes that you cannot miss, you see the red eyes from a long distance. So, this was the Lesser Coucal with black or dark brown eyes.

Lesser Coucal, Centropus bengalensis, นกกระปูดเล็ก

Lesser Coucal, Centropus bengalensis, นกกระปูดเล็ก
Lesser Coucal / นกกระปูดเล็ก

Ashy Woodswallow, Artamus fuscus, นกแอ่นพง

Ashy Woodswallow, Artamus fuscus, นกแอ่นพง
Ashy Woodswallow / นกแอ่นพง

Oriental Magpie Robin, Copsychus saularis, นกกางเขนบ้าน

Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal and we can see the red eye

Black drongo, कालो चिबे, Dicrurus macrocercus, นกแซงแซวหางปลา
Black Drongo

Bird watching at Praek Nam Daeng
Driving through a beautiful landscape

We continue towards the highway and the 7 Eleven where we will stop to buy some water, and maybe a MAX. A beautiful area and we passed a field of mud and I could see plenty waders walking around. I had just expected Pond Herons and Stilts as we have seen plenty of these birds in the fields.

So, I was surprised and I asked the driver to stop and to make a U-turn to go back so we could have a look at the birds.

Thanks to dwatsonbirder at Birdforum I could identify this birds.

Forum thread HERE


Birdforum


Temminck's Stint, Mosnäppa, นกสติ๊นท์อกเทา, Calidris temminckii

Marsh Sandpiper, Tringa stagnatilis, นกชายเลนบึง, Dammsnäppa
Marsh Sandpiper / นกชายเลนบึง

Long-toed Stint, Calidris subminuta, นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว

Long-toed Stint, Calidris subminuta, นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว
Long-toed Stint / นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว

Long-toed Stint, Calidris subminuta, นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว
Long-toed Stint / นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว

Long-toed Stint, Calidris subminuta, นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว
Long-toed Stint / นกสติ๊นท์นี้วยาว

Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola, นกชายเลนน้ำจืด, Grönbena
Wood sandpiper / นกชายเลนน้ำจืด

Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola, นกชายเลนน้ำจืด, Grönbena
Wood sandpiper / นกชายเลนน้ำจืด

There was a lot of Barn Swallows flying over the field. When I was ready with the waders I asked the driver to move a few meters forward. There was one Barn Swallow perching on a stick so I would try to get a few pictures. This was the only swallow sitting down, all the others were flying around hunting insects so not possible to get any pictures.

I was lucky and the Barn Swallow stayed and the bird did not seem to bother by us coming closer to take pictures.

We got the pictures and we made a U-turn continuing towards the 7 Eleven and the highway.

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, Ladusvala, นกคุ่มอกลาย

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, Ladusvala, นกคุ่มอกลาย
Barn Swallow / นกคุ่มอกลาย

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, Ladusvala, นกคุ่มอกลาย
Barn Swallow / นกคุ่มอกลาย

Black Kite
Black Kite

Black Kite
Black Kite

Black Kite
Black Kite

Thanks to Butty at Birdforum I could identify this bird.

Forum thread HERE


Birdforum


Water hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes, commonly known as common water hyacinth, is an aquatic plant native to the Amazon basin, and is often a highly problematic invasive species outside its native range.

Water hyacinth has been widely introduced in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and New Zealand. In many areas it has become an important and pernicious invasive species. In New Zealand it is listed on the National Pest Plant Accord which prevents it from being propagated, distributed or sold.

In large water areas such as Louisiana, the Kerala Backwaters in India, Tonlé Sap in Cambodia and Lake Victoria it has become a serious pest. The common water hyacinth has become an invasive plant species on Lake Victoria in Africa after it was introduced into the area in the 1980s.

When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically affects water flow and blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants which often die. The decay processes depletes dissolved oxygen in the water, often killing fish.

The plants also create a prime habitat for mosquitos, the classic vectors of disease, and a species of snail known to host a parasitic flatworm which causes schistosomiasis (snail fever). Directly blamed for starving subsistence farmers in Papua New Guinea, water hyacinth remains a major problem where effective control programs are not in place.

Water hyacinth is often problematic in man-made ponds if uncontrolled, but can also provide a food source for goldfish, keep water clean and help to provide oxygen.

Water hyacinth often invades bodies of water that have already been affected by human activities. For example, the plants can unbalance natural lifecycles in artificial reservoirs or in eutrophied lakes that receive large amounts of nutrients.

From Wikipedia

Read more in Bangkok Post:

War on weed

Water hyacinths to be cleared from Chao Phraya (Updated)

We made the U-turn and I spotted a bird of prey soaring high up in the sky, and the bird was far away. I tried to take pictures that I planned to post on the birdforum. There are very professional members and they are able to ID birds from even very poor pictures. I have high hopes to find out the ID of the bird. We stopped as we had a lot of vegetation coming floating down the canal and my Driver spotted a Bronze-winged Jacana walking around in the vegetation.

Bronze-winged Jacana
Bronze-winged Jacana

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill

Chinese Pond Heron
Chinese Pond Heron

eBird

eBird Report


Praek Nam Daeng (general area), Samut Songkhram, TH
29 Mar 2022 07:26 - 10:01
Protocol: Traveling
14.13 kilometer(s)
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Little Grebe 4
Feral Pigeon X
Red Collared Dove X Many of them all over the area
Zebra Dove X Many of them all over the area
Greater Coucal 1
Lesser Coucal 1 Been raining and it looked like the bird was drying the wings. Of if the bird was “Sunning or basking” the wings
Asian Koel X Heard only. Could be heard all over the area so there were many of them
Plaintive Cuckoo 2 Heard only
Black-winged Stilt 25
Red-wattled Lapwing 4
Bronze-winged Jacana 1
Temminck's Stint 3 Thanks to dwatsonbirder at www.birdforum.net for the help with ID
Long-toed Stint 7 Thanks to dwatsonbirder at www.birdforum.net for the help with ID
Marsh Sandpiper 2 Thanks to dwatsonbirder at www.birdforum.net for the help with ID
Wood Sandpiper 2 Thanks to dwatsonbirder at www.birdforum.net for the help with ID
Common Redshank 2
Whiskered Tern 50 Thanks to Butty at birdforum.net for help with the ID
Asian Openbill 8
Little Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 3
Intermediate Egret 1
Little Egret 25
Chinese Pond Heron 5
Javan Pond Heron 25 Many all over the fields. At least 25 of them
pond heron sp. 1 No breeding plumage so not possible to give proper ID
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Black Kite 1 Soaring high. Thanks to www.birdforum.net for help with ID
Black-capped Kingfisher 2
Blue-tailed Bee-eater 9
Eurasian Wryneck 1 Feeding on the ground
Budgerigar 1 See pictures, most likely an escaped cage bird.
Ashy Woodswallow 3
Malaysian Pied-Fantail 1
Black Drongo 3
Brown Shrike 1
Large-billed Crow 2 Eating a road kill
Plain Prinia 2
Great/Oriental/Clamorous Reed Warbler 1
Yellow-vented Bulbul 1
Streak-eared Bulbul 2
Asian Pied Starling 7
Common Myna 7
Great Myna 14
Oriental Magpie-Robin 2 Both males
Asian Golden Weaver 20 20 ++ Not possible to count, all over the area
Scaly-breasted Munia 50 Not possible to count, all over the area
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S105812755

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Today's track at Praek Nam Daeng
Today's track at Praek Nam Daeng

Thailand Rare Bird Alert

We continued driving over the new bridge over the railway and I stopped my eBird app. We will stop to buy water before continue towards the south. The Budgerigar made it to eBirds RARE bird alert. Well, anyway, click HERE if you want to see if we find any birds at the Phetchaburi Rice Paddies.


Bird watching trip report



       
                  
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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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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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