Wat Prasithiwhet, Khlong 15, Rangsit–Nakhon Nayok

30 Jun 2015 08:02 - 02 Jul 2015 16:38 #2935 by roblgs

In common with probably all water-side temples here, Wat Prasithiwhet has an area where all manner of aquatic life gets given its liberty as part of merit-making. The nature of the area at this temple is that the release area is into shallow water, reed beds and extensive lotus ponds that seems to be the permanent residence of high numbers of egret, hero, with occasional cormorants passing through.

Needless to say, the liberty enjoyed by the newly released is mostly short-lived. What may be good luck for the merit-makers, birds and passing photographers, is decidedly awful for the fish, frogs, eels and snails that get released.

In lieu of a planned visit to Khao Yai this past weekend, called off because of bad weather, I visited this temple for some relax time with the camera...

Black Crowned Night Heron

Chinese Pond Heron in breeding colours

Great Egret having just caught a light snack of a small catfish

Little Egret getting blown about on top of its perch, watching the outfalls of the pipes through which releases are made.

All photos on Pentax K3 with Tokina AT-X AF 400mm f/5.6, handheld

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30 Jun 2015 10:37 #2939 by WT admin
Great shots! Especially like the little egret. You were wise to avoid KY, I was in several locations in DPYKY over the weekend and it was a wash out.

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04 Jul 2015 13:13 - 04 Jul 2015 13:15 #2955 by roblgs
Thanks, that one's growing on me as well.

Here are a few more from last weekend... Also audible, though not seen, were bitterns of some description, most likely cinnamon.

Chinese Pond Heron

Chinese Pond Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Little Egret

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