Bird watching in Hpa-An, Kayin State

Bird Watching in Hpa-An is emerging and Bird watching training in Hpa-An by SST Tourism was done 2nd time in early June. Therefore, second week in June 2019 participating Clean Hpa-an activity lead by “Latt-Wage-Kyaw” –Youth Power, with KSTGA in Hpa-An. Two days taking part with Youth Power Clean Hpa-An activity and KSTGA birding activity. Four participants who was trained to be regional guide only can join evening birding.

Bird watching Hpa-An
Limestone Wren Babbler

As soon as I joined ‘Youth Power’, I introduced myself to Ko Aung Moe Hlaing (who conducted the Clean Hpa-An Activity). In the morning, after clean Hpa-An for a while, we stop beside the road and pass handbill(a notice letter) to passerby while singers, Ms Nini Khin Zaw and Mr Aung Htet were singing on the bus. Evening we did birding . In our bird watching activity about 30 species were recorded .

Two day evening birding activity collaborated by S.S.T Tourism Co.,Ltd and Kayin State Tourist Guide Association (KSTGA), was led by Mai Mingalar Lay (Bird Guide) on 10 – 11. June. 2019 at Hpa-An. After meeting with Hpa-An Young birder group at Papawady guest house 3:30 pm, I gave them binoculars to use, and we left for bird watching (approximately, twenty minutes to birding sport) by Motorbike near Hpa-An. Birding activity started at 4 pm with four participants at the paddy field of Yathaypyan Village. On arriving birding field, telling them how to identify birds and how to use binoculars briefly. We then walked on the lane beside the paddy field watching, and recorded species: Cinnamon Bittern, Paddyfield Pipit, a pair of Asian Golden and three Streaked Weavers, House Crow, fifty Asian Openbills, Purple Heron, five Little Cormorants, House Swift, Plain Prinia, forty Jungle and seven Common Mynas, a pair of Pined Bushchats, Ayeyawady ,three chicks and two adults Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls, Male of Oriental Magpie Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Little, Cattle and Great Egrets, Indian Pond-heron, six Green Bee-eaters, nine Limestone Wren-babblers, Blue Whistling-thrush, two stripe-throated Bulbuls, Green-billed Malkoha, Common and Dark-necked Tailorbirds and five Red-collared Doves.

by Mai Mingalar Lay