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7 September 2010

Cuc Phuong NP - Pittas

Hi all,

despite almost unbearable heat plus humidity and mozzy-infested air Cuc Phuong had some nice birds today (7th September).

Amongst others there were:

Brown Hawk Owl, Collared Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Asian Barred Owlet (all heard only), Red-headed Trogon, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - all around the reception area.

3 species of Woodpecker (of course no sign of Red-collared), 5 species of babbler (including Limestone Wren Babbler), Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pitta (both species heard,only the briefest of views of the latter one), Racket-tailed and Ratchet-tailed Treepies, Red-headed Trogons, Rufous-throated and Grey-cheeked Fulvettas, White-crested Laughingthrush all found around the Loop Trail.

At the start of the Loop Trail a friendly NP staff member brought me a dizzy Black-capped Kingfisher which apparently decided to fly against the window of a souvenir shop. It recovered after some minutes and took off. Pictures will follow as soon as I'm back in Hanoi.

Mammals of interest: 2 Crab-eating Mongooses plus the usual myriads of squirrels and tree-shrews.


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