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10 April 2012

Red River Island

Revisiting Red River Island this morning. The Island keeps changing, but luckily the little forest ist still there and was the best part. No pics, sorry (I can do only crappy ones anyway), just a short list:
Yellow Bittern, Chinese Pond Heron, Back-shouldered Kite, 2 male Pied Harriers, beautiful!, 1 female Hen Harrier (?) with a big Rat, Common Sandpiper, Oriental Pratincole, Spotted Dove, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Pied Kingfisher, 2 Burmes Shrikes, Black-naped Monarch, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Red-whiskered B., Dusky Warbler, Radde's Warbler, Arctic Warbler, a Seicercus Warbler, 2 singing Manchurian Reed Warblers, Lanceolated Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Plain and Yellow-bellied Prinias all over the place, a nice male Yellow-rumped Fly, Taiga Fly, a pair of Bluethroats, Mynas flying over, pobably Crested, White Wagtail, Olive-backed Pipits.

Very nice morning!


  1. Great list Florian !
    But you should add the Hen Harrier in the labels - a scarce (rare?) vagrant in Vietnam !


  2. Hi Sebastien, I put a question mark behind the Hen Harrier. I am not that experienced with these to be 100% sure. I thought Hen Harrier because it was a very strong Harrier with broad wings and clearly visible 5 fingers, clear and broad white band at tail base, above rather uniformely brown with no white at the front of the wings.

  3. Sebastien,
    My friend who lives on An Duong Vuong street (her house facing the Red River) told me yesterday that her neighbor caught an owl and another bird and they ate them all!

  4. 2 Manchurian Reed Warblers - that's a great record!


  5. Hi all,

    I'm pretty confident by now that the female bird that was seen by Wayne and me (and photographed) was a female-type Hen harrier. I've asked some friends and they all tend towards Hen harrier. It was a bulky, powerful looking bird, and had all the other features right, even though a birding group that was there too thought it was a female Pied.

    Maybe the same individual?