It could be worse…

…you could be working in the construction industry in Myanmar. On May 3rd, a Sunday and the day before we got Mabel, the house directly behind us started getting torn down. Houses are built right up to the edge of the land here so this house is about 3 feet away from ours. At first they started removing the tiles from the roof and then wooden beams etc. We then started seeing them hammering away at the floor they were literally standing on with sledge hammers.

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Santa in Sri Lanka

We decided to spend our luxurious three week 2019 Christmas break in Sri Lanka. I had been there years before in about 2000 but not since. I remember the great birds, some great sites but terrible food. On that trip there was a week long part on the beach but this time we did no such thing travelling around the whole time. Like with our trip to Laos we probably packed a bit too much in but thoroughly enjoyed it regardless.

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Birds of Yangon

The audience for this post is not really our regular audience so feel free to give this one a miss.  If however, you are interested in the birds of Yangon then I hope this will be useful.  What follows is not an exhaustive list of every bird but simply every bird I have been able to identify so far.  I will try to keep it updated with new photos that I have taken and new birds as I discover them.  For birders more expert than me (which is just about anyone) feel free to comment with corrections and missing species.

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Birding in Burma

This year Thanksgiving coincided with a Burmese national holiday called Tazaungdaing.  This meant an extra day of school holiday than normal.  We contemplated going to the beach and in retrospect that would probably have been a good choice considering Lindsey’s Dengue Fever but instead decided we would go on a short birding trip to see a bit of the country and for me to see a few birds.  Continue reading “Birding in Burma”

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