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28 January 2012

Return to Cuu Thac - Tu Son

Tu Son was fun, and there were a lot of birds about, but we were fogged in. At one point we had a group of Babblers 3m in front of us, and could not make out more than silhouettes. Their call sounded very similar to my tape of a Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler and they responded to that call when played, but then with a different call – we will never know. Later we could clearly make out the silhouettes of a group of what looked like Laughing-thrushes (although their posture did appear to be more upright, and they weren’t laughing) from about 10m. I clearly saw a cuckoo (too large to be a plaintive) when we left, but couldn't identify it. The only new bird for me was what I identified as a Large Cuckoo-shrike. We did finally find the Indiana Jones trial though! As we clearly identified so few species, I have listed them all:

• Bulbul, Sooty-headed
• Bulbul (Alophoi sp.)
• Cuckoo-shrike, Large
• Cuckoo, unidentified
• Flycatcher, Grey-headed canary
• Flycatcher, Verditer
• Forktail, Slaty-backed
• Forktail, White-crowned
• Minivet, Scarlet
• Water Redstart, White-capped
• Sunbird, unidentified
• Wagtail, Grey
• Warbler (Seicercus sp.)

John Haug, Richard Buckner & Wayne Hodgkinson

Verditer Flycatcher

Scarlet Minivet

Sooty-headed Bulbul

Arghhh - the fog...

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