Bidadari and the Ruddy Kingfisher

Bidadari and the Ruddy Kingfisher

When:  October 2018                  Weather:  Hot 28C

Nikon P900

Although we had only just visited Bidadari a month ago, the news of the Ruddy Kingfisher (Incidentally the word is pronounced ‘Ruddy as in Muddy’  and not ‘Rudy as in Judy’ which is what many birdwatchers are erroneously calling it) and other flycatchers beckoned us to go there again….

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Many other birders were already there staking out the Ruddy KF….

We decided to take our time and walk around first…

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a brown shrike from afar

 

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Brown shrike

 

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the incessant chirping of the brown shrike meant it was easy to spot

 

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the magnificent Long tailed nightjar resting on a low branch was such a treat..thanks to Richard White for spotting it.

 

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close up of Long tailed nightjar plumage

 

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the variable squirrels were out

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as was the plantain squirrel

 

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scarlet backed flowerpecker

 

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the ever-present Dollar Bird

 

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From afar, an orangey brown flash of colour

 

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the Lesser Coucal

 

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A pair of nesting Pied oriental hornbills

 

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white throated KF

 

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Asian brown flycatcher

 

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Blue throated bee-eater

 

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bumblebee breakfast

 

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the rhythmic chirp of the Arctic Warbler drew us to its presencee

 

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arctic warbler

 

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another Dollar bird

 

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yellow vented warbler

 

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and then this beauty showedup and posed…the Amur Paradise Flycatcher

 

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Amur Paradise Flycatcher

 

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and as we finished our walk….everyone was gathered round this area shooting the….

 

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Ruddy Kingfisher….our target bird for the morning…even though I’d shot it in 2015, it is still thrilling to shoot it again…

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Ruddy Kingfisher

 

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Last bird of the morning, a large male Koel skulking in the tree….

 

So another fruitful 2 hours in Bidadari yielded several wonderful sightings….Bidadari almost never fails to deliver….especialy in the migratory season.   Highly recommended.

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