Today marked the final day of our exceptionally successful
Thailand tour. We were richly rewarded in the south of the country as we
enjoyed fabulous views of Malayan Banded and Mangrove Pittas, Barred Eagle Owl,
Spotted Wood Owl, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Green Broadbill, Blyth’s Frogmouth,
Nicobar Pigeon, Red-bearded Bee-eater and a vagrant Beach Thick-knee. Our final
trip total of 544 species reflects just what a remarkable country this is for
birdwatching and I am already looking forward to returning next year.
Black Redstart (fledglings) ~ Hausrotschwanz (Ästlinge) ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
Three cuddly Redstarts, handraised and released in 2013.
Black Redstarts love rocks, cliffs and buildings (why and how? Read here) and are not so much into greenery, that is why the companion Blue Tit fledgling (not in the picture) rested on fresh hazelnut branches, while these guys slept in the most peculiar places like bookshelves or, like depicted above, on the cozy heating pipes, 10 feet (3 m) above the floor. :-D