Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok



Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
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It's here! The annual walk for people who like to sleep in on Sunday mornings, and a chance for our members around the world to participate!

Our December walk this year is “Golden Hour to Blue Hour” Shoot that magic light with the group in Benjakitti Park. Meet on the sidewalk on the lake side of the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, and we'll go from there. This is a different time for us, and a different kind of location from the usual streets and sois. The park is full of great opportunities to make the most of that light.

For our diaspora, our members spread around the world, you can shoot for this magazine as well! During that time - Golden Hour to Blue Hour - shoot pictures wherever you are on December 3, and submit your best images per the instructions that will be posted right after the event.

It's going to be great fun and great shooting. Join us!


Sunday 3rd of December 2023 and I have not been on any “Photo Walk” with Bangkok Photographers for many years now. My last “Photo Walk” was 8 years ago, June 2015: Nang Loeng Photo Walk

We will start at 16:30 and I arrived to Benjakitti Park (สวนเบญจกิติ) a few minutes after 4 o'clock. I turned on my eBird app and I started to look for birds while waiting.

There was a lot of people in the park and it looked like most of them were students taking their student photos. Well, maybe they call it exam photo.

I could hear an Asian Koel sitting in a tree very close to me and I went to see if I could find the bird. The bird was very loud but it was hard to spot the bird through the very dense foliage.

Asian Koel, Eudynamys scolopaceus, นกกาเหว่า
Asian Koel/ นกกาเหว่า

Propaganda

I managed to get a photo of the Asian Koel through the foliage. I also managed to get a poor picture of an Coppersmith Barbet foraging in the tree. Plenty small berries in the trees and the Coppersmith Barbet love berries.

I met the Bangkok Photographer's organizer and I told him that I would be at the meeting spot a few minutes before 16:30.

People started to arrive to the meeting point and as they were having cameras it was easy to understand where the meeting point was.

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
Bangkok Photographers

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
Group picture

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
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Picture by Bangkok Photographer's Organizer

Expansion to Benjakitti Forest Park

A major expansion of the park was approved in 2006, with land granted from the Tobacco Monopoly to build Benjakitti Forest Park to celebrate Queen Sirikit's birthday in 2006.

The 652-million baht expansion makes Benjakitti Park the first park in Bangkok with a forest park, and expands the size of the park to 72 hectares. Facilities include elevated walkways, wetlands, rare plant areas, cycle paths and an outdoor amphitheatre.

The expansion fully opened in 2022.

The park is bridged to another public park, Lumphini Park by the 1.3 km long National Sports Development Fund-Sports Authority of Thailand (NSDF-SAT) Park, an elevated pedestrian walkway and bicycle trail at the southwest corner of the park.

There was about 25 photographers, professionals and hobby photographers so it will be a good mix of picture in the upcoming “Photo Walk” magazine. We leave the meeting spot and I work my way towards the Benchakitti Forest Park.

The lake was full of paddle boats and also some canoes and it looked like the people enjoyed the Sunday afternoon in the park.

I left the lake behind and I spotted on Ashy Drongo sitting in a tree when I was at the SW corner of the Benjakitti Park. Late afternoon and a sunny day had turned in to an overcast afternoon so the light was not very good for bird photography. But I gave the Ashy Drongo my best try.

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
Sunday afternoon in the park

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
Sunday afternoon in the park

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
Students taking their pictures

Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus, นกแซงแซวสีเทา
Ashy Drongo/ นกแซงแซวสีเทา

Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus, นกแซงแซวสีเทา
Ashy Drongo/ นกแซงแซวสีเทา

Oriental Magpie-Robin, Copsychus saularis, นกกางเขนบ้าน
Oriental Magpie-Robin/ นกกางเขนบ้าน

Welcome to the digital prison

The last bird I see before I enter the Forest Park is an Oriental Magpie-Robin and I try to get a picture. I walk to a part in the SW corner of the Forest Park that I have never visited. I turn of the bike lane and after a few meters through the wet land I flush a waterhen.

No picture and I spotted what I think was a Plain Prinia but I could not get a picture and I continued on the concrete board walk.

I walk toward the north and I cross the bike lane and I am back in well know territory again. There are plenty crows and I try to get a picture of one of them that are sitting in the top of a tree. Not much light and I try to over expose the photo to get some light in the black bird.

Large-billed Crow, Corvus macrorhynchos, อีกา
Large-billed Crow/ อีกา

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

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

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

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

I continue to the Main Amphitheatre (อัฒจันทร์กลาง) and I spot three prinias and a group of Scaly-breasted Munias. I was not surprised as I see them in this area every time I visit the park.

I continue towards the exit in the NE corner, the sky is turning black and the light is really not any good. I still hope to get a glimpse of a kingfisher before I leave the park.

I spot the second Ashy Drongo and a little bit later I see my second Coppersmith Barbet for the day. I am close to the parking and this is a new area for me. A parking lot means that cars can get here and I tried to book a Lineman taxi.

Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus, นกแซงแซวสีเทา
Ashy Drongo/ นกแซงแซวสีเทา

Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith, Psilopogon haemacephalus, นกตีทอง
Coppersmith Barbet/ นกตีทอง

Aladdin's adventure with Bangkok Photographers in Bangkok
The sky is turning black

Real Men of Women’s Sports

I had been a nice afternoon and even though it was late I managed to get more pictures than I had expected so I was happy when I was back home. My plan is to go to eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun in Chonburi on Tuesday.

We will have BBQ at my friend's house when we're coming back to Bangkok after the bird watching.

I did yoga Monday morning and my teacher asked if we should do yoga Tuesday morning. I told her that I was going to look for birds and she told me Tuesday was a holiday so it would be easy to get a taxi to get to the gym.

And holiday means that the bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun have a risk to be crowded. So, I changed the days and we will go to look for birds on Wednesday. And my friend has already prepared the BBQ and the tea pot.

He have prepared the tea pot and the BBQ

Tops Market in Bangkok
I buy pork for the BBQ

Tops Market in Bangkok
I buy pork for the BBQ
Tops Market

I'm at Sukhumvit Soi 19 and I decide to go to buy soap at Tops Market. I see that they have nice looking pork collar and I buy a bag for the BBQ tomorrow. Better I do it myself, or we don't know what kind of meat we will get.

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Wednesday 6th of December 2023
and my alarm goes off at 4 o'clock in the morning and I am on the parking lot at 6 o'clock and my friend is here to pick me up one minute after 6 o'clock.

We will pick up our friend in Samut Prakan before going to look for birds at eBird hotspot: Lat Krabang. And when we will drive to eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun when we are ready at Lat Krabang. And we will have the BBQ when we are back in Samut Prakan.

Bird watching in Thailand
My friend is here to pick me up

Bird watching in Thailand
My friend is here to pick me up

Bird watching in Thailand
On the way to pick up our friend

Bird watching in Thailand
On the way to pick up our friend

Bird watching in Thailand
Our friend is waiting for us

Bird watching in Thailand
He have bought refreshments for me

Covid

I had brought the pork collar in a plastic box for him to keep in the fridge. I had made a marinade when I came home from Tops Market so the meat will be tasting very well by the time we will start the BBQ. Our friend was waiting for us when we arrived at 06 forty.

I took the box with the meat and he returned with 4 bottles of refreshments. I had brought 3 of my own so I do not think I need his bottles. But it is welcome with some “back-up” refreshments.

We left Samut Prakan behind and we were soon on the highway going towards Lat Krabang. We passed Suvarnabhumi International and when we took of the highway we had to wait at an intersection. And while waiting we had a Pond Heron landing on the fence next to the road.

Bird watching in Thailand
Pond Heron watching the traffic

Bird watching in Thailand
Pond Heron watching the traffic

I start my eBird app at 07:47 and we are leaving the paved road a few minutes after that. We spot a few weavers on the left-hand side. I am pretty sure that it is a Baya Weaver/ นกกระจาบธรรมดา, at least after consulting my bird book, นกเมืองไทย (Birds of Thailand)

Baya and Asian Golden females look almost exactly the same. Suddenly our driver pointed to the right.
- A green bird! I never seen a bird like this before! Very beautiful!

It was a green pigeon and I tried to get some pictures. But there was grass between me and the bird so the pictures turned out a wee bit blurry.

Asian Golden Weaver, Ploceus hypoxanthus, นกกระจาบทอง
Asian Golden Weaver/ นกกระจาบทอง

Asian Golden Weaver, Ploceus hypoxanthus, นกกระจาบทอง
Asian Golden Weaver/ นกกระจาบทอง

Asian Golden Weaver, Ploceus hypoxanthus, นกกระจาบทอง
Asian Golden Weaver/ นกกระจาบทอง

Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Treron vernans, นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง
Pink-necked Green Pigeon/ นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง

Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Treron vernans, นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง
Pink-necked Green Pigeon/ นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง

Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Treron vernans, นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง
Pink-necked Green Pigeon/ นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง

Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Treron vernans, นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง
Pink-necked Green Pigeon/ นกเปล้าคอสีม่วง

Thanks to Grahame Walbridge at Birdforum for giving the correct ID, Asian Golden Weaver and not Baya Weaver as I had ID the bird.

Forum thread HERE


Birdforum


Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Merops philippinus, นกจาบคาหัวเขียว
Blue-tailed Bee-eater/ นกจาบคาหัวเขียว

Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Merops philippinus, นกจาบคาหัวเขียว
Blue-tailed Bee-eater/ นกจาบคาหัวเขียว

Zebra Dove, Geopelia striata, นกเขาชวา
Zebra Dove/ นกเขาชวา

Malaysian Pied Fantail, Rhipidura javanica, นกอีแพรดแถบอกดำ
Malaysian Pied Fantail/ นกอีแพรดแถบอกดำ

Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla tschutschensis, นกเด้าลมเหลือง
Eastern Yellow Wagtail/ นกเด้าลมเหลือง
Poor picture kept for ID purpose only - Thanks to birdforum it was correctly ID

Amur Stonechat or Stejneger's Stonechat, Saxicola stejnegeri
Amur Stonechat or Stejneger's Stonechat

We move a couple of meters and we discover two Blue-tailed Bee-eater/ นกจาบคาหัวเขียว sitting in a tree and the light from the sun is perfect. Otherwise, there was not as many birds as I had expected. Weavers and stonechats and of course a lot of egrets and Asian Openbills.

We continued towards west on the dirt track and we made a U-turn when we reached the fish ponds. There was one Grey Heron flying over the fish ponds and thanks to that we discovered a second Grey Heron when the flying heron attached the second heron behind the long grass.

We drive back towards the paved road in the east and I spotted one Little Ringed Plover/ นกหัวโตเล็กขาเหลือง foraging in one of the paddies.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล
Grey Heron/ นกกระสานวล

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล
Grey Heron/ นกกระสานวล

Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius, นกหัวโตเล็กขาเหลือง
Little Ringed Plover/ นกหัวโตเล็กขาเหลือง

Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius, นกหัวโตเล็กขาเหลือง
Little Ringed Plover/ นกหัวโตเล็กขาเหลือง

Amur Stonechat or Stejneger's Stonechat, Saxicola stejnegeri
Amur Stonechat or Stejneger's Stonechat

Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla tschutschensis, นกเด้าลมเหลือง
Eastern Yellow Wagtail/ นกเด้าลมเหลือง
Poor picture kept for ID purpose only

Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla tschutschensis, นกเด้าลมเหลือง
Eastern Yellow Wagtail/ นกเด้าลมเหลือง
Poor picture kept for ID purpose only - Thanks to johnallcock at birdforum for help with the ID

Bird watching in Thailand
Pond Heron sitting in a tree

Back on the paved road and we continue towards east to check out the fish ponds. And I have spotted some interesting birds on this road before. So, I keep the eBird app running while driving along this stretch of the road.

There were Little Grebes/ นกเป็ดผีเล็ก in the ponds as well, and of course egrets.

We continue and I spot one Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ, adult bird foraging and I am soon to discover that the bird has 2 babies as well.

Covid

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, นกเป็ดผีเล็ก
Little Grebe/ นกเป็ดผีเล็ก

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, นกเป็ดผีเล็ก
Little Grebe/ นกเป็ดผีเล็ก

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybrida, นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว
Zebra Dove/ นกเขาชวา

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, waterhen, swamp chicken, Eurasian Moorhen, นกอีล้ำ
Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, waterhen, swamp chicken, Eurasian Moorhen, นกอีล้ำ
Baby Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, waterhen, swamp chicken, Eurasian Moorhen, นกอีล้ำ
Baby Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, waterhen, swamp chicken, Eurasian Moorhen, นกอีล้ำ
Baby Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, waterhen, swamp chicken, Eurasian Moorhen, นกอีล้ำ
Baby Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, waterhen, swamp chicken, Eurasian Moorhen, นกอีล้ำ
Common Moorhen/ นกอีล้ำ

eBird

eBird Report


Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon [Bangkok], TH
Dec 6, 2023 07:47 - 09:18
Protocol: Traveling
5.43 kilometer(s)
26 species (+4 other taxa)

Little Grebe 5
Zebra Dove 8
Pink-necked Green-Pigeon 1 Feeding on berries in a tree
Asian Koel X Heard all over the area
swift sp. 11 I dont know how to ID Swifts. By wing shape only
Common Moorhen 3 Adult + 2 babies
Little Ringed Plover 1
Bronze-winged Jacana 1
Whiskered Tern 50 The fish ponds were full of terns hunting for food
Asian Openbill 18
Little Egret 5
pond heron sp. 11 Winter plummage so no proper ID
Eastern Cattle Egret 1
Great White Egret 10
Grey Heron 2
Purple Heron 3
white egret sp. 35 Too far away for proper ID
Blue-tailed Bee-eater 2
Coppersmith Barbet 1
Malaysian Pied-Fantail 2
Black Drongo 2
Brown Shrike 1
Plain Prinia 1
Barn Swallow 6
Streak-eared Bulbul 2
Amur Stonechat 4
Asian Golden Weaver 12 Thanks to Grahame Walbridge at www.birdforum.net for the correct ID. Originally ID as a Baya Weaver by me. Now I learned to ID the Baya and Asian Golden females by the shape of the bill.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 11
Eastern Yellow Wagtail 3 Two of the three birds could be ID by Grahame and johnallcock on www.birdforum.net by this very poor picture.
wagtail sp. 1 White

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S155820339

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

Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds
Today's track at eBird hotspot: Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds

We leave Lat Krabang behind driving towards the eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun and it is about 90 minutes to drive there. And as soon as we're on the Bangkok - Pattaya Highway it is highway almost all the day to the bird hide.

We park the car and we are a wee bit disappointed to discover that there is one car parked. And there is one bird watcher walking toward the bird hide. We had expected to be alone as it is in the middle of the week.

Original plan was to have come here yesterday, but as it was holiday, we cancelled the visit the bird hide yesterday as we expected the bird hide to be full.


Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
There is a monkey in the bamboo

Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
There is a monkey in the bamboo

Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
Taking pictures of the monkey

Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
They have built a new bird hide

Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
They have built a new bird hide

Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
My friend is looking for birds

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there were only two bird watchers in the hide. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that they had built a new bird hide.

I put out the worms for the birds to eat and I took my seat and there was not much action, a couple of Oriental Magpie Robins. Tooke a while, but one fantail and an Stripe-throated Bulbul arrived to the bird bath.

5 Oriental Magpie Robins and I never seen so many here before, and one of the males looked to be very big. All of them enjoyed the worms. And the squirrels ate worms like there was no tomorrow.

Stripe-throated Bulbul, Pycnonotus finlaysoni, Streak-throated Bulbul, นกปรอดคอลาย
Stripe-throated Bulbul/ นกปรอดคอลาย

Verditer Flycatcher, Eumyias thalassinus, นกจับแมลงสีฟ้า
Verditer Flycatcher/ นกจับแมลงสีฟ้า

Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone affinis, Oriental Paradise Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, นกแซวสวรรค์
Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher/ นกแซวสวรรค์

Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone affinis, Oriental Paradise Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, นกแซวสวรรค์
Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher/ นกแซวสวรรค์

Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone affinis, Oriental Paradise Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, นกแซวสวรรค์
Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher/ นกแซวสวรรค์

Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone affinis, Oriental Paradise Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, นกแซวสวรรค์
Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher/ นกแซวสวรรค์

Stripe-throated Bulbul, Pycnonotus finlaysoni, Streak-throated Bulbul, นกปรอดคอลาย
Stripe-throated Bulbul/ นกปรอดคอลาย

Oriental Magpie-robin, Copsychus saularis, นกกางเขนบ้าน
Oriental Magpie-robin/ นกกางเขนบ้าน

There was one Verditer Flycatcher/ นกจับแมลงสีฟ้า flying in and out but the light was not any good for bird pictures and I had to use an crazy ISO speed. There was also one female Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher/ นกแซวสวรรค์ so that makes two different flycatchers at the bird hide.

We had White-rumped Shamas/ นกกางเขนดง coming to enjoy the worms and one of them came in to the hide sitting next to us. Not scared at all as I am used to see them in this area.

I was almost stepping on one of them at one of my previous visits to the bird hide. We spent 90 minutes in the hide and we were getting hungry and we decided to drive back to the BBQ in Samut Prakan and we are soon on the highway heading to Bangkok.

Puff-throated Babbler, Spotted Babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps, นกจาบดินอกลาย
Puff-throated Babbler/ นกจาบดินอกลาย

Puff-throated Babbler, Spotted Babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps, นกจาบดินอกลาย
Puff-throated Babbler/ นกจาบดินอกลาย

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
White-rumped Shama/ นกกางเขนดง

Black-crested Bulbul, Pycnonotus flaviventris, นกปรอดเหลืองหัวจุก
Black-crested Bulbul/ นกปรอดเหลืองหัวจุก

Black-crested Bulbul, Pycnonotus flaviventris, นกปรอดเหลืองหัวจุก
Black-crested Bulbul/ นกปรอดเหลืองหัวจุก

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
White-rumped Shama/ นกกางเขนดง

Streak-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus conradi, นกปรอดสวน
Streak-eared Bulbul/ นกปรอดสวน

Verditer Flycatcher, Eumyias thalassinus, นกจับแมลงสีฟ้า
Verditer Flycatcher/ นกจับแมลงสีฟ้า

Covid

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eBird Report


Wat Tham Prathun (Tham Prathun Temple), Chon Buri, TH
Dec 6, 2023 10:54 - 12:24
Protocol: Traveling
0.57 kilometer(s)
10 species

Greater Coucal 1 Heard only
Malaysian Pied-Fantail 1
Blyth's Paradise-Flycatcher 1
Black-crested Bulbul 5
Streak-eared Bulbul 3
Stripe-throated Bulbul 1
Puff-throated Babbler 2
Oriental Magpie-Robin 5
White-rumped Shama 2
Verditer Flycatcher 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S155824730

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


Bird watching at eBird hotspot: Wat Tham Prathun
Time to leave the bird hide

We get in to the car and we are soon on the highway and we are hungry. So, we are really looking forward to getting the BBQ started. And we start right away when we arrive.

We are soon having the fire up and running and as we are hungry, we put the meat on the grill a wee bit to early. I don't mind the black but my friends are scared of cancer.

The BBQ tasted very good and we finished 2kg ++ pork collar and I was very full when we left our friend to get back in to Down Town Bangkok.

BBQ in Bangkok
Preparing the BBQ

BBQ in Bangkok
Preparing the BBQ

BBQ in Bangkok
Marinated meat on the BBQ

BBQ in Bangkok
Waiting for the food to be ready


BBQ in Bangkok

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Friday 8th of December 2023
and I started the day, of course with tea and my omelette. But when Chocolate MousseI was ready I made chocolate mousse. First time ever, I have made it before, but with powder.

Today I wanted to try to make the chocolate mousse from scratch.

It turned out quite well, a couple of changes to the recipe, adding some stuff that I like. And we have what I think is the first chocolate mousse in the world with a “crunch”

I had all the ingredients needed for the porky pancakes so we got started right away when my friend arrived, well, we had a quick soda water before we started.

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
We start to prepare the Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
We start to prepare the Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Making Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Making Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Making Fläsk pankaka

Covid

I had bought a kilo of pork belly for the pancakes and I cut off the fat. Our Cook told me to keep Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stit, but I was very sceptic, but he is a professional Cook so I have to trust him.

I was “hovering” giving pointers. Pretending to help frying the pork belly trying to make Swedish dinner in Bangkokit look like I was stirring the pan while cutting off the fat. The pork belly really looked discusting in the frying pan.

But my friend discovered what I was doing.
Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st - Måther Ducker!

He put back the fat in the frying pan. But I must say, after not too long the pork belly looked very Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stgood in the pan. Nice colour and most of the fat had burnt off. And I was very pleased when the diced pork belly was ready.

We start to do the pancake, using the oil from the fried pork belly. Putting the batter in a pan and our friend took some of the pork from the other pan to put in the batter.

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Fläsk pankaka

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Fläsk pankaka

Oh Boy!! Was it delicious or what? Best pancakes I have had in many many years. The serving platter was soon empty and I cleared the table. I whipped some cream and we were soon digging in to the dessert.

I have not had have chocolate mousse for many years. I have always done it by mixing milk and chocolate mousse powder. So, I was excited to try my own home-made chocolate mousse with crunch. I am pretty sure it is a world premiere for mousse with crunch.

And it was good and we were digging in. But we could not finish all of it and I was a little bit worried. My self-discipline leaves a lot to wish for and I was worried that I would finish the chocolate mousse by myself later on.

So, I threw the remaining chocolate mousse and now there is no chance for me to eat any more chocolate mousse. And I was in peace with myself.

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Chocolate mousse with crunch and whipped cream

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Chocolate mousse with crunch and whipped cream

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Chocolate mousse with crunch and whipped cream

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Chocolate mousse with crunch and whipped cream

Swedish dinner in Bangkok
Chocolate mousse with crunch and whipped cream


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Sunday 10th of December 2023
and it was just a few minutes to get a Lineman car so I got off towards the Samut Prakan Ancient City (เมืองโบราณ สมุทรปราการ) earlier than expected. I will meet my friend there at 9 o'clock when they open.

My friend will bring his Grand Daughter and we will drive around the Muangboran The Ancient City (พระที่นั่งสรรเพชญปราสาท อยุธยา) in a golf cart to look for birds.

I arrived at 8 thirty, but 30 minutes passed very quickly and my friend was soon arriving. We bought tickets and we rented a golf cart, and as my friend's grand-daughter joined us today, we had a 4 seater. 2 seater and 4 seater is the same price.

Bird watching at Muangboran The Ancient City (พระที่นั่งสรรเพชญปราสาท อยุธยา)
Taking off for a new bird watching adventure

Small Minivet, Pericrocotus cinnamomeus, นกพญาไฟเล็ก
Small Minivet/ นกพญาไฟเล็ก

We take off in the golf cart and we are soon spotting a Small Minivet/ นกพญาไฟเล็ก in a tree and I got out to try to get a picture. It was hard to see the bird, looking up the tree against the sun. We continued and it was soon time to get out of the golf cart again.

There was a lot of noise in one of the trees and I tried to get some pictures. I suspected that it was Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers/ นกสีชมพูสวน.

The birds were just black dots against the strong sun. I tried to get some pictures, full overexposure, and I can Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully confirm the ID when I am back home.

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum cruentatum, นกสีชมพูสวน
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker/ นกสีชมพูสวน

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Dicaeum cruentatum, นกสีชมพูสวน
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker/ นกสีชมพูสวน

Cinnamon Bittern or Chestnut Bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus, นกยางไฟธรรมดา
Cinnamon Bittern or Chestnut Bittern/ นกยางไฟธรรมดา

Cinnamon Bittern or Chestnut Bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus, นกยางไฟธรรมดา
Cinnamon Bittern or Chestnut Bittern/ นกยางไฟธรรมดา

Cinnamon Bittern or Chestnut Bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus, นกยางไฟธรรมดา
Cinnamon Bittern or Chestnut Bittern/ นกยางไฟธรรมดา

Spotted Dove, Spilopelia chinensis, นกเขาใหญ่
Spotted Dove/ นกเขาใหญ่

Trump

We stopped to have a look at what I first thought was a pond heron, but it was a Cinnamon Bittern and I was surprised, the bird stayed. Otherwise, the Cinnamon Bittern always takes off before I have a chance to get a picture.

We continued and again, I heard a lot of noise from the trees and I got out to try to get some pictures. The birds were between me and the sun so they were just black spots.

We stop to buy water and some snacks before we continue. We spot our first prinia at the kiosk.

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

Bird watching at Muangboran The Ancient City (พระที่นั่งสรรเพชญปราสาท อยุธยา)
We are “off road”

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

We run the same tracks that we had running the couple of time I have been here. Now it is supposed to be the cold season and I had expected a lot of exciting birds.

We went of road at the service area (junk yard) and not one single bird, well, a fantail and a dove. This area had had plenty birds on previous visits.

We left the service area (junk yard) and we were back on the tracks driving towards the garbage dump. Driving on the paved track to the garbage sorting station and we drive along water.

An area with plenty birds, but today there was only a prinia and a couple of mynas. Of course, doves sitting on the fence.

We turn around at the sorting place and we drive back along the water. Instead of turning right to get back in to The Ancient City we turn left and we are at the garbage dump.

Plain Prinia, White-browed Wren-warbler, Prinia inornata, นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia/ นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ

We were lucky to have a “All Terrain” golf cart

Garbage dump, some egrets and not much more to see. We are coming of road and my friend need to muster all his navigation skills to get us out of there.

Time passed quickly and I am going to pick up my new computer in Bang Na. I have bought a new MSI STEALTH 17STUDIO A13VH-085TH. They will install 64 GB RAM and two 4TB SSD and I told them that I would be there around lunch time.

We drive back towards the gate and the last bird picture I take is the cormorants sitting on a wire. There were 16 of them sitting on the wires. And again, impossible to get good pictures as the bird was between me and the sun.

Indian Cormorant or Indian Shag, Phalacrocorax fuscicollis, นกกาน้ำปากยาว
Indian Cormorant or Indian Shag/ นกกาน้ำปากยาว

Bird watching at Muangboran The Ancient City (พระที่นั่งสรรเพชญปราสาท อยุธยา)
We are returning the golf cart

Bird watching at Muangboran The Ancient City (พระที่นั่งสรรเพชญปราสาท อยุธยา)
Time to leave The Ancient City

eBird

eBird Report


Mueang Boran (The Ancient City), Samut Prakan, TH
Dec 10, 2023 09:04 - 11:06
Protocol: Traveling
8.92 kilometer(s)
25 species

Feral Pigeon X Many
Red Collared Dove 2 Pair
Spotted Dove 7
Zebra Dove X Many
Greater Coucal 1
Asian Koel X Heard all over
Black-winged Stilt 2 Chasing each other
Indian Cormorant 16 Sitting on a wire
Cinnamon Bittern 1
Little Egret 3
Blue-tailed Bee-eater 2
Indochinese Roller 1
Coppersmith Barbet X Heard all over
Small Minivet 1
Malaysian Pied-Fantail 6
Black Drongo 3
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1
Large-billed Crow 1
Plain Prinia 5
Common Myna 11
Great Myna 4
Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 6
House Sparrow X
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S156054347

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

Bird watching at Muangboran The Ancient City (พระที่นั่งสรรเพชญปราสาท อยุธยา)
Today's track at Ancient City

I booked a car on my Lineman app and we were soon on the way to Bang Na. We will pick up the computer and we will go to have lunch at S & P at Robinsons Samut Prakan. My computer was not S & P Restaurantready, hell, they could not even find the computer.

They did not know that I was coming to pick up the computer.

I was upset, at least to say. They called around and they found the computer, still in the box. The Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stRAM was not installed and my new SSD were not even in the shop. At least to say, poor service. The Technician will start the job ASAP.

We decided that they would send the computer to S & P at Robinsons in Samut Prakan. Would take an hour or two. We took a taxi to S & P for our lunch.

S & P Restaurant at Robinsons, Samut Prakan
Time for lunch

S & P Restaurant at Robinsons, Samut Prakan
Time for lunch

I had not been to S & P for a very long time so I was kind of excited to eat the chicken with salad. My friend had ice cream and I was really lucky. They were out of cake so I did not order any dessert.

But where is my new computer? We left S & P to go shopping at Tops next door when they called. The computer arrived and we could leave Robinsons.

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Tuesday 12th of March 2023
and I was back home after a yoga session and 10 rounds with The Red Devil (ปีศาจแดง ก.กุมานนท์) at Chaiyasit Muay Thai Gym. Salad, double salad and a bucket of tea before my shower.

I had a constitutional Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st walking down to Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 for the Photo Talk with Bangkok Photographers. We will meet at 6 thirty to have a look at the pictures from the last Photo Walk.

Walking in Bangkok
On the way to Sukhumvit Soi 33/1

Photo Talk in Bangkok
Looking at pictures at the Photo Talk

There were two people on the second floor when I arrived to the pub 6 o'clock. Second floor was for Bangkok Photographers and I took a seat and I asked for a soda water. I like to be early watching the people arriving instead of them watching me when I arrive.

We were about 15 people on the 2nd floor when the kicked off the photo show.

Interesting to see how other people think when they take their pictures, and also interesting to see what the other photographers think about the pictures.

It lasted for about 2 hours and 2 soda waters to look through the pictures and I walked back home on an Christmas Decorated Sukhumvit.

Christmas on Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Christmas on Sukhumvit

Christmas on Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Christmas on Sukhumvit

Covid

I have one more day at Chaiyasit Muay Thai Gym with The Red Devil (ปีศาจแดง ก.กุมานนท์) at before it is time to take off to Cambodia for some bird watching.

Click HERE to find out if I make it to Cambodia.



       
                  
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
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!

Marunong ka mag-tagalog? Walang problema! Magpunta sa kabilang pahina pindutin ang “NEXT” button sa itaas

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!

Haga usted dice el español? No hay problema! Ver la siguiente página sólo hacer clic el botón “Next” encima!

Farla parla l'italiano? Non problemi! Per vedere la prossima pagina lo scatto per favore giusto Il bottone “Next” sopra

Sprechen sie Deutsch! Kein problem! Wenn Sie die folgende Seite sehen wollen gerade klicken der Knopf “Next” oben!

คุณพูดภาษาไทยได้ไหม ไม่มีปัญหา ถ้าคุณต้องการไปหน้าถัดไป ให้กดปุ่ม “Next” ข้างบนนี้

Вы говорите по-русски? Просто нажмите синюю кнопку "Next" с левой стороны и Вы моментально переместитесь на следующую страницу!

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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