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Oriole, Silver

Oriolus mellianus
This very attractive Oriole breeds in China mostly and is very rarely seen in Thailand. I was told that Thailand's leading Birdwatcher's first sighting of this bird was in 1990 and he had not seen one again until this year, a gap of 17 years. Obviously, it attracted a great deal of attention as it appeared like clockwork at a spot at Khao Yai National Park every morning at 7:30 for a period of about a month. It constantly moved around hunting for insects very high in the jungle trees and never came down. The angle is steep, but I am very pleased I got these shots.

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