Beautiful minla

The bar-throated minla or chestnut-tailed minla (Minla strigula), is a locally common species found in highland areas from northern India to Vietnam (1). It is commonly found on Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, where I took these photographs.  The encounter inspired me to do a painting, using the photos of the birds against…

A Thai bee fly

Most bee flies (Family Bombyliidae) are parasites.  They feed externally on the larvae of  bees and wasps, consuming the host when it is in a ‘quiescent stage such as the mature larva, prepupa or pupa’ (1).  Some are even hyperparasites, which means that – in the larval stage – they feed on other parasites, themselves feeding…

More gibbon photos!

Posting a few more photos of this lar or White-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar) from Chiang Mai Zoo.  This gibbon must see hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of humans every day, so he does not take much interest in people as we stand there trying to catch his attention.  Only the click of the camera shutter seemed to…

Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai zoo is a large (200-acre) zoo, just north of the University in Chiang Mai, on the Huay Kaew Road which leads up the mountain (Doi Sutep). Apart from the caged animals, it is quite a good place to look out for wild birds and insects, or just to have a good walk (but…