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It makes an incredible impression as this 30-kilogram heavy, 2,5-meter long water monitor slowly passes by a dozen or so meters from us. We had to step back to a certain extent in order to be able to see the whole silhouette of the monitor in telephoto lens. The pictures were taken, as usually for me in case of reptiles, just by the way. We were taking photos of common stilts, red-wattled lapwings, kingfishers and Chinese pond herons near mangroves, when we noticed a huge monitor on a dam dividing two water reservoirs. We approached the place where the monitor had just disappeared below the water surface and it occurred that there were more of them. They were not as large as the one a while before but huge when compared with our lizards and we always kept a safe distance from them. Luckily their considerable size and telephoto lens gave such an opportunity without losing the quality of pictures. They behaved peacefully while they were photographed but they disappeared below the water surface every now and then.
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It wasn’t another “bird” trip, but no opportunity should be missed to photograph new species or to make the current galleries better, especially since everything is exotic just like Bangkok from the perspective of Poland. I didn't take my basic lens (600) to photograph birds, but the lens I took (100-400) was enough to improve some galleries and create 5 new ones. The new bird galleries would look much better, if the photos were taken with prime lens. All in all I have some pictures for the new galleries. Bangkok is a very crowded place, so the opportunity to photograph birds was limited to city parks. Such species as Mynas, Large-billed Crows, Striated Herons, Little Egrets could be photographed without any problem. However, these were Water Monitors what made the biggest impression on me and this is why the introduction is associated with their gallery, not the bird gallery as usually. In Bangkok it’s quite shocking that in city parks you can stay in close distance (few meters) to over 1 meter long Water Monitors. They can play a role of cleaners, as I could see them eat fish skeletons. There were plenty of them. It helped me to enrich the gallery with new pictures. They seemed not to be bothered by all day long city noises. I could watch them in different sizes and different situations as their mating rituals. In Lumpini Park you can rent a pedal boat what is very helpful when photographing Monitors. Thanks to my daughter, who perfectly drove our pedalo, I took the best photos of Striated Herons. In this place birds were used to human. Thanks to that I could approach them at a distance of a few meters. The distance was very important because of the size of Striated Heron. It weighs about 200 gram, so it is 10 times smaller than our Grey Heron. That is how new pictures of my gallery, so far documentary, were created. With Little Egretts wasn’t that easy, because of their snow white colour, but I also managed to add some new pictures. In the city and in parks the most common species was Common Myna. Everywhere there could be seen signs of assimilation of birds to city conditions. I saw a nest of Scaly-breasted Munia in a shrub surrounding a hotel smoking spot. People who went for cigarette didn't notice that at a distance of 30 centimeters from their head Scaly-breasted Munia breeds its eggs. It's a pity that I won’t know if it managed to lead the cubs out of the nest in such a specific place…

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Thailand-introductory text - Spoon-billed Sandpiper
-new galleries  ( T -text in the information in the gallery, V- voice recording, species names are links to the gallery )
1. Spoon-billed Sandpiper (T). 2.Flavescent Bulbul. 3.Chinese Pond-Heron. (T) 4. Rusty-naped Pitta.(T) 5.White-browed Scimitar-Babbler. 6.Orange-flanked Bush-Robin.(T) 7.Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler. 8.Siberian Rubythroat.(T) 9.Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush.(G) 10.White-rumped Shama. 11.Hume's Pheasant .(T) 12.Sooty-headed Bulbul. 13.Red-necked Stint. 14.Red-wattled Lapwing.(T) 15.Black-breasted Thrush. 16.Dark-sided Thrush. 17.White-bellied Redstart. 18.Hill Blue-Flycatcher. 19.Siberian Stonechat. 20.Grey Bushchat. 21.Asian Openbill.(T) 22.Little Cormorant. 23.Velvet-fronted Nuthatch.(T) 24.Streaked Wren-Babbler. 25.White-throated Kingfisher. 26.Ultramarine Flycatcher. 27.Slaty-blue Flycatcher. 28.Large Niltava. 29.Silver-eared Mesia. 30.White-capped Water-Redstart. 31.Plumbeous Water-Redstart. 32.White-tailed Robin. 33.Black-throated Prinia. 34.Brown Prinia. 35.Rufous-throated Partridge.(T) 36.Lesser Sand-Plover.(T) 37.Kentish Plover.(T) 38.Greater Sand Plover.(T) 39.White-browed Laughingthrush. 40.Mountain Bulbul. 41.Oriental White-eye. 42.Spotted Dove. 43.Paddyfield pipit. 44.Olive-backed Pipit. 45.Yellow Bittern. 46.Black-capped Bulbul. 47.Great Knot. 48. Japanese Tit. 49.Marsh Sandpiper. 50.Long-tailed Shrike. 51.Pheasant-tailed Jacana.(T) 52. Blue Whistling-Thrush.(V) 53.Banded Bay Cuckoo. 54.Gould's Sunbird.(T) 55. Emerald Dove. 56.Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher. 57.Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush. 58.Spot-breasted Parrotbill. 59.Blue-winged Minla. 60.Brown-cheeked Fulvetta. 61.Asian Pied Starling. 62.Yellow-browed Warbler. 63.Little Green Bee-eater.(T) 64.Streak-eared Bulbul. 65.Long-toed Stint. 66.Purple Heron.(T) 67.Grey-sided Thrush. 68.Bronze-winged Jacana.(T) 69.Zebra Dove. 70.Ashy Wood-Pigeon. 71.Giant Nuthatch.(T) 72.Indian Roller. 73.Golden-bellied Gerygone. 74.White-vented Myna. 75.Snowy-browed Flycatcher 76.Spectacled Barwing. 77.Chestnut-tailed Minla. 78.Grey-breasted Prinia. 79.Flame Minivet. 80.Rosy Minivet. 81.Grey-chinned Minivet. 82.Pacific Golden-Plover. 83.Siberian Blue Robin. 84.White-crested Laughingthrush. 85.Oriental Magpie-Robin. 86.Japanese White-eye. 87.Red Collared-Dove. 88.Buff-browed Warbler.(T) 89.Pale-legged Leaf-Warbler.(T) 90.Black-browed Reed Warbler. 91.Blyth's Leaf-warbler.(T) 92.Pallas's leaf-Warbler.(T) 93.Malaysian Pied Fantail. 94.Eyebrowed Thrush. 95.Brown Shrike. 96.Grey-backed Shrike. 97.Pied Shrike-babbler. 98.Chestnut-fronted Shrike-Babbler. 99.Black Drongo. 100.Ashy Drongo. 101.Bronzed Drongo. 102.Black-winged Cuckooshrike. 103.Brahminy Kite. 104.Black-winged Kite.(T) 105.Pied Bushchat. 106. Grey-headed flycatcher. 107.Common Tailorbird. 108.Asian Emerald Cuckoo. 109.Plaintive Cuckoo. 110.Black-capped Kingfisher. 111.White-gorgeted Flycatcher. 112. Rufous-bellied Niltava. 113.Little Spiderhunter. 114.Racket-tailed Treepie. 115.Black-collared Starling. 116.Arctic Warbler. 117.Golden-fronted Leafbird. 118.Orange-bellied Leafbird. 119.Stripe-breasted Woodpecker. 120.Grey-capped Woodpecker. 121.Lesser Whistling-Duck. 122.Chestnut-vented Nuthatch. 123.Mountain Tailorbird. 124.Greater Spotted Eagle.(T) 125.Ashy Woodswallow. 126.Blue-throated Barbet.(T) 127.Lineated Barbet.(T) 128.Coppersmith Barbet.(T) 129.Dark-backed Sibia. 130.Pallas's Grasshopper-Warbler.(T) 131.Pink-necked Green-Pigeon. 132.Oriental Reed-Warbler. 133.White-crowned Forktail. 134.Baya Weaver. 135.Maroon Oriole. 136.Black-hooded Oriole. 137.Jungle Crow. 138.Blue-tailed Bee-eater.(T)
Changes in birds galleries: 1. Curlew Sandpiper. 2.Red-whiskered Bulbul. 3.Spotted Redshank. 4.Intermediate Egret. 5.Little Egret. 6.Red-rumped Swallow. 7.Black Kite. 8.Eurasian Curlew.(T) 9.Common Myna. 10.Scaly-breasted munia 11.Blue rock -thrush. 12.Steppe Eagle.(T) 13.Black-tailed Godwit.14.Black-winged Stilt.
Reptiles-new gallery : Water Monitor.(T)
Mammals-new galleries : 1.Dusky Leaf Monkey. 2.Rhesus Macaque. 3.Siberian Chipmunk.
Go to the gallery : THAILAND - FAUNA


BANGKOK- introduktory text- Water nonitor.
New galleries:

1.Asian Golden Weaver. 2.Dark-necked Tailorbird. 3.Plain-throated Sunbird.
1.Finlayson's squirrel. 2.Grey-bellied squirrel.
Changes in galleries:
1.Striated Heron. 2.Malaysian Pied Fantail. 3.Plain Prinia. 4.Common Myna. 5.Zebra Dove. 6.Oriental Magpie-Robin. 7.Black-collared Starling. 8.Little Egret. 9. Spotted Dove. 10.White-vented Myna. 11.Scaly-breasted munia.12. Large-billed Crow.
REPTILES : Water Monitor.

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