Phuket may have lost its forests decades ago but there are still some beautiful birds to be seen in this vibrant, tropical paradise.
Below is a collection of photographs taken on Phuket over the past few years.
Phuket is the only place in Thailand where House Crow can be found. No one quite knows how they got here but one thing is certain, they are rapidly populating the island.
Bee eaters are among the most exciting birds a birdwatcher can encounter. Their colorful plumage and acrobatic aerial displays are so entertaining one could watch them for hours.
Ospreys are usually seen around reservoirs or lakes in municipal parks during the winter months. This individual was photographed over Rama IX Park in Phuket Town.
It’s unbelievable how a bright yellow bird can blend in so well in a green environment but the Common Iora does just that. This lovely bird was photographed from my bedroom window where it sleeps every night.
The Chinese Pond Heron is among the most common species of birds found in Thailand.
The Coppersmith Barbet is a very common bird but often overlooked as it tends to bend in quite well with the canopy in which it lives.
No other urban bird possess as much character and showmanship than the White vented Myna, a bird which would make even the great Elvis Presley blush.
The Brown Shrike is a very common winter visitor. This individual however, is not just any Brown Shrike; its grey crown makes it a member of the subspecies L.c lucionensis.
Oriental Honey Buzzards are passage migrants which visit Phuket twice a year. This dark morph individual was photographed near Tah Chatchai.
The Little Heron is found in both coastal and freshwater habitats and is a cunning and stealthy hunter.
By far the most commonly encountered bulbul in urban areas of southern Thailand, this bird is rather talkative and has an insatiable appetite for bananas!