Hurrah...after nearly three years we have our wonderful lagoon back...complete with an Island in the middle which I have named Koh Nok......which means Bird Island in Thai.
I have stumbled upon a 'Thai Species Identification Help' group on Facebook and I am very grateful for the assistance they have given me in naming the various species of birds shown below. The superb bird photo's were taken by one of our current guests, Anna-Marie Claridge.
The difference now is truly amazing. 4 weeks of non-stop digger activity with three machines on the go for 10 hours a day and 7 days a week has resulted in the return of the Phuket Private Lagoon! This time, instead of a completely open lagoon, an island has been created in the middle with an amazing amount of bird life already visiting and settling. The Island semi floods and is encouraging a range of wading birds from the nearby sea-shore along with various other colourful land based species.
I am not a bird expert by any means but two seasons of skippering the Dorset Wildlife Trust's Fleet Explorer (the dory that local bass maestro Bill Noble made back in 1995) has given me an interest in the subject. Many very knowledgeable Bird Watchers come on the Fleet Explorer for the hour's cruise along the Fleet up as far as the Bridging Camp at Wyke and I have been fortunate to benefit from their enthusiastic knowledge of the local bird life.
Staying with us right now for two weeks are Wayne and Anna-Marie Claridge, relations of that famous England EFSA Shore Competitor, Dave Lovelock. Anna is a very keen and talented photographer and both she and Wayne love wildlife in general and birds in particular. The Lagoon development couldn't have happened at a better time for Anna who is fascinated by the many different birds and is taking some wonderful photographs. It's a good job I was given a book of Thailand Birds by a guest a couple of years ago...it is proving very useful.
Here are some more of Anna's fantastic bird photographs.....all seen in the lagoon just behind the house.