Pacific Reef Egrets at Koh Racha Yai

Rrybicki

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So, business takes me to Bangkok for a couple of months. Before I can get there, I have to spend two weeks in quarantine. Thailand has a program called the 'Phuket Sandbox' where, instead of sitting in a hotel room by the airport, you can have the run of Phuket, as long as you are vaccinated, tracked, and regularly tested. So I was able to book my two week's quarantine on Koh Racha Yai, a small island in the Andaman sea off the southern coast of Phuket.

Yeah, I know. Don't ask me how I landed this, but I have learned not to look gift horses in the mouth.

In any case, I was down at Siam Beach this afternoon and ran across a 'sedge' of Pacific reef egrets. Some sort of wee smelt-like fish were hopping out of the water and the Egrets were doing some serious business. At least some of the time. Mostly they missed a lot.

Lots of pictures. All of these were E-M1 III w/ PL 100-400.

These are pretty birds. Smallish for an Egret (at least by Ohio standards).

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There's a miss...

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Teamwork no. 1
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No. 2

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How could we both miss?

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Success!

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Snacks on the beach...

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Thanks for looking!

Russ
 

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Wonderful photos. Have never seen an egret like that before. Hope you will find time to photograph more egrets and other exotic birds while you are there.
 

Rrybicki

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Thanks folks,

Yup, Karma out the wazoo. Any I have earned over the years has been used all up these last two weeks. Incredible place and opportunity.

I think the birds were about 20 meters away. I had been there for a while and was standing back by the sea wall under a low palm (for shade). I was wearing drab colors and a floppy hat and not moving around much. I was also the only person on the beach. The birds did not seem to mind me at all, some landed on the beach not more than about 5 meters away. But they were focused on the fish. In normal circumstances they are indeed quite wary.

Keeper rate with the E-M1 III and PL 100-400 has been high all week. It was about 90% with the egrets against the sea. Probably at least 75% against the rocks or trees. Very, very, satisfied with its performance.

It's been fun, and lots of photos to go through. Tomorrow I head to Bangkok and will actually have to do some real work

Russ
 

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So, business takes me to Bangkok for a couple of months. Before I can get there, I have to spend two weeks in quarantine. Thailand has a program called the 'Phuket Sandbox' where, instead of sitting in a hotel room by the airport, you can have the run of Phuket, as long as you are vaccinated, tracked, and regularly tested. So I was able to book my two week's quarantine on Koh Racha Yai, a small island in the Andaman sea off the southern coast of Phuket.

Yeah, I know. Don't ask me how I landed this, but I have learned not to look gift horses in the mouth.

In any case, I was down at Siam Beach this afternoon and ran across a 'sedge' of Pacific reef egrets. Some sort of wee smelt-like fish were hopping out of the water and the Egrets were doing some serious business. At least some of the time. Mostly they missed a lot.

Lots of pictures. All of these were E-M1 III w/ PL 100-400.

These are pretty birds. Smallish for an Egret (at least by Ohio standards).

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There's a miss...

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Teamwork no. 1 View attachment 902227

No. 2

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How could we both miss?

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Success!

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Snacks on the beach...

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Thanks for looking!

Russ
A fantastic post of this hard to see birds. I am glad to see the Sandbox Project seems to be working out. I am hopeful to take my family back to Thailand to visit family again comes this winter. We have been planning to stay in Phuket while having our relatives come south to see us. Depending on the situation in Bangkok, we may end up at Phetchaburi where Krangkrachan NP is located before heading back to the US. If you have a few extra days to spare, I suggest you go to that NP.

Anyhow, enjoy your tough quarantine :) and thanks for sharing these lovely images.

Cheers
 

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That's pretty close for this bird. they might be used to people there or you had the right clothes and demeanor. Maybe I can get there someday. thanks for the photos and enjoy your trip!
 

Rrybicki

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Here's one more...

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Russ
 

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