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Vernal Hanging Parrot at Kaeng Krachan National Park

While in Thailand for a birding holiday in July 2013, I had a chance to photograph some Vernal Hanging Parrots (Loriculus vernalis) at Kaeng Krachan National Park. With a bit of free time left for the day, the guide brought me to a rambutan orchard that was fruiting at the moment.

In between snacking on rambutans, the guide and I surveyed the area for the parrots. He was surprised I could sense their presence. I told him the calls these parrots make are pretty similar to the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots back in Singapore.

Every now and then, a group of 3-5 birds will buzz around and land on some bare branches. This afforded me the opportunity to take some pictures. Then a few will feast on the rambutans before flying off.

The Vernal Hanging Parrots like their cousins the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots are small sized short-tailed, and primarily green-plumaged parrots. This species is found in Burma, southern and southeastern India and southeastern Thailand. Like the other hanging parrots, they have the ability to sleep upside down, from which their name is derived. Their diet is similar to the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots as well.

Below are some of the pictures I took. Unlike the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots, I am not familiar with their various characteristics. In general, they have red to orange bills unlike the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots. The breeding adults have white eyes and the male have light blue throat area. The juveniles are lighter in colour, with darker eyes, duller legs and feet.

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Oriental Scops Owl at Kaeng Krachan National Park

The Oriental Scops Owl (Otus sunia) is a rare migrant to Singapore. I have not had the opportunity to see it locally yet. So when the opportunity came to see it in Thailand, I gladly made the night trek through flooded pathway, knee deep in water to one of its known site at Kaeng Krachan National Park in July 2013.

Oriental Scops Owl

There in a hide, the guide played a short call, and immediately the owl showed itself. It then proceeded to call loudly while scanning it’s surroundings.

Oriental Scops Owl

You can see that it is calling from the raised throat area.

Oriental Scops Owl

All the photographs were taken illuminated by 2 flashlights. This permitted me to also capture a video of the owl in action.