One flew over the Coucal’s nest

About the size of a domestic hen, the Greater Coucal is common around rural new territories. It’s a clumsy, amusing and likeable bird, more usually heard crashing around the undergrowth or calling a deep ‘poomb-poomb-poomb’. When it does decide to fly (when humans get too close for comfort), it flies about as well as a chicken and collides with vegetation not too far away. It can give a walker a fright, if it sees you before you see it.

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Head above the bush, Centropus sinensis – the Greater Coucal. Probably the world’s largest cuckoo.

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Preparation for take-off

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A quick check of the route…

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…and it\’s off to the next bush

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Undoubtedly a much better bush than the last one

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At the other end of the size scale, the Spotted Munia (Lonchura punctulata), which is about the size of a Sparrow. Munias are friendly little birds, I\’ve found myself being closely followed by a small flock which kept pace with me for several minutes.

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And as we\’ve neglected sunsets, here\’s one behind a flock of Munias in pampas grass

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Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

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Saddlebag Glider (Tramea virginia)

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Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon)

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Common Segeant (Athyma perius)

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Common Tiger (Danaus genutia)

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Crimson Darter (Crocothemis servilia servilia) female

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Common Mime (Chilasa clytia)

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Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)

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Plum Judy (Abisara echrius)

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Five-dot Sergeant (Limenitis sulpitia)

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Aerial coupling – please don\’t attempt this at home, unless you are a dragonfly

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You can never have too many photos of peasants working the fields

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Coupling pair of Common Sailers (Neptis hylas)

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Straight Five-ring (Ypthima lisandra)

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)

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Munias. Lots of them. All watching me, watching them. If they were any bigger it would be spooky.

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Angled Castor (Ariadne ariadne)

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Indian Cabbage White (Pieris canidia)

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Common Tree Brown (Lethe rohria)

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Red-based Jezebel (Delia pasithoe)

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More Jezebels

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Purple Sapphire (Heliophorous phoenicoparyphus)

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Crimson Dropwing (Trithemis aurora)

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Conehead Grasshopper

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Common Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum glaucum)

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Marsh Skimmer (Orthetrum luzonicum) male. This dragonfly was quite content to sit and be closely examined. It\’s compound eyes were stunning.

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Blue Dasher (Brachydiplax chalybea flavovittata)

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Probably the dandiest ecologist in the closed border area

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An illegal immigrant slips under the border fence by night. Asiatic Painted Frog (Kaloula pulchra pulchra)

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Paddy Frog (Rana limnocharis)

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And another, this one with a stripe.

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Gunther\’s Frog (Rana guentheri)

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Brown Tree Frogs (Polypedates megacephalus), like buses, there are none, and next thing you know…

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…they\’re everywhere

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Mantis

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Many-banded Krait (Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus) – highly venomous

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A large millipede, about 15cm long

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