Monday, 27 February 2017

27th February 2017 Ho Tuyen Lam West & flight to Hanoi

In what was really a travelling day we managed to squeeze in a couple of hours at Ho Tuyen Lam West in the hope of obtaining some images of Grey-crowned Crocias. All started well as we parked at the Dalat Star sign as a Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo was seen vocalising from the top of a leafless tree at dawn. Instead of making the ascent we decided to keep to lower elevations being the area where we had seen and heard the Crocias yesterday. However, we didn't hear let alone see a single Crocias this morning in what seemed like promising habitat. There was plenty of evidence of overnight Asian Elephant activity, but despite the nice habitat, birds proved few and far between although another encounter with Vietnamese Cutia was a nice finale to our whistle-stop visit to the Dalat area. We then made the drive to Dalat Airport that was an hour or so south of the town. We said our farewells to Amtu, our ever-reliable driver, and caught our Vietnam Airlines flight to Hanoi. Our new driver, another Thang, was there to meet us and had brought his cousin along - Tony - to share the driving and learn the route. We were soon on our way to Tam Dao arriving to a cold and murky dusk. 

Chinese Pond-Heron 4
Little Egret 1
Osprey 1
Spotted Dove 2
Asian Koel h
Large-tailed Nightjar h
Mountain Bulbul 2
Ashy Bulbul 2
Black Bulbul 4
Ashy Drongo 6
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 2
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch 3
Vietnamese Cutia 1
Dalat Shrike-Babbler 1 male
Blue-winged Minla 3
Grey Bushchat 2
Yellow-browed Warbler 2
Kloss's Leaf-Warbler 4
White-throated Fantail 2
Black-collared Starling 4
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird 1
Tree Sparrow 2

Ho Tuyen Lam West

Female Grey Bushchat at Ho Tuyen Lam

Male Grey Bushchat at Ho Tuyen Lam

Black Bulbul at Ho Tuyen Lam

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch at Ho Tuyen Lam

Male Dalat Shrike-Babbler at Ho Tuyen Lam

Butterfly sp. at Ho Tuyen Lam