This is a wildlife/bird blog however so I will post more family photos in the unwinged gallery and continue here with photos of some of the incredible birds of this region.
Drongos, Coucals and Indian Rollers are all common in this region which is interesting as they are all quite large, striking birds. We were to come across other Drongo species and the Lesser Coucal later, but none are as common as their larger more spectacular cousins. I never tired of watching the Drongos with their elongated racket shaped tail feathers. They enjoyed clinging to the trunk of their palm tree for some reason I could never fathom, it was not to feed, or to nest and it looked uncomfortable but they spent quite long periods just clinging to the smooth tree trunk, strange?
There were of course plenty of smaller birds to be seen but the large species drew our immediate attention. One of the prettiest of the small birds however was this Dark Throated Tailorbird, a tiny and very busy little species that is always flitting around in the trees and bushes. I was therefore quite lucky to get a really nice shot of this one when the light was perfect, it shows off the delicate colours and shape of a really nice little bird.
On another boat trip we watched Great Egrets sharing the spoils of mudflats in the mangroves with Crab-eating Maqaques. While the monkeys ate crabs the egrets feasted upon mud-skippers, a type of fish that leaves the water to "walk" around on the mud banks.