Bidadari and the Ruddy Kingfisher
When: October 2018 Weather: Hot 28C
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….
Many other birders were already there staking out the Ruddy KF….
We decided to take our time and walk around first…
a brown shrike from afar
the incessant chirping of the brown shrike meant it was easy to spot
the magnificent Long tailed nightjar resting on a low branch was such a treat..thanks to Richard White for spotting it.
close up of Long tailed nightjar plumage
the variable squirrels were out
as was the plantain squirrel
scarlet backed flowerpecker
the ever-present Dollar Bird
From afar, an orangey brown flash of colour
the Lesser Coucal
A pair of nesting Pied oriental hornbills
white throated KF
Asian brown flycatcher
Blue throated bee-eater
the rhythmic chirp of the Arctic Warbler drew us to its presencee
another Dollar bird
yellow vented warbler
and then this beauty showedup and posed…the Amur Paradise Flycatcher
Amur Paradise Flycatcher
and as we finished our walk….everyone was gathered round this area shooting the….
Ruddy Kingfisher….our target bird for the morning…even though I’d shot it in 2015, it is still thrilling to shoot it again…
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.