Our boy was wondering for weeks what kind of birds there would be in Prachuab. He had his Papa look up on the internet what other birders saw. He scoured his bird books and wrote a perspective list of what he hoped to see. And then, on arrival in Bangkok, his Auntie and Uncle bought him a book on birds in Thailand. Was he ever thrilled. He was not disappointed with the birds in Prachuab — I think he saw 11 new birds. My favorite was the Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo — see the above picture — it’s not clear but you can see the two long tail feathers coming down about a foot long and then spreading out into a plume.
I am glad that God provides for my children. My birder boy needed to see some birds. When he heard he couldn’t go on a boat, he gave himself a little pep talk. And sure enough, we did see some birds. Our long lens is broken. But we saw several pairs of pied kingfishers, blue-tailed bee eaters, and bank mynas. We had fun watching the birds go into their nests in the river bank.
Most of our family goes bananas over the opportunity to see different birds in Thailand. This particular bird is a favorite. The only problem was that we forgot our better lens. The pictures hardly do the bird justice. We thought it was an Asian fairy blue bird but it’s an Indian roller. Thanks for the pointer, Michael.