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Five day bird photography trip of North Thailand – January 2014

Mike is a long time friend of South Thailand Birding and for his annual trip this year Games showed him around the mountains of Chiang Mai province near the northern border with Myanmar.
This simple trip report is designed to show just how many birds can be photographed well in the area in a few days. This is due to the number of local and visiting photographers who have staked out many of the rarer resident and winter visiting birds. On the mountains of Doi Lang and Doi Ang Khang there are now many semi-permanent hides set up which are open to the public. The bulk of the following photographs were taken at these blinds with a few opportunistic photographs taken along the way. They were all taken by Mike during this trip using a Canon 1DS mark 3 and a 500mm Canon lens.
Of course, many other birds were seen and photographed. This is just the cream of the crop.
Photos reproduced here with kind permission from Mike.

Days 1,2 & 3 – Doi Lang

We staying in a resort in the town of Fang at the base of the mountain and drove up to the mountain top each morning. Various hides were visited two or three times to maximise the number of species photographed. Other photos were taken while walking the road.

Chestnut-headed Tesia
Chestnut Thrush
Davison's Leaf Warbler
Blue-fronted Redstart
Blue Whistling Thrush
Black-backed Sibia

Grey Bushchat
Hill Prinia
Himalayan Bluetail

Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Red-flanked Bluetail
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Rufous-throated Partridge
Rusty-cheeked Scimiter-Babbler
Scarlet-faced Liocichla
Siberian Rubythroat
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Ultramarine Flycatcher
White-bellied Redstart
White-browed Laughingthrush
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
White-tailed Robin
Yellow-bellied Fantail
 Crested Finchbill
Golden Bush-Robin
Large Niltava

Days 4 & 5 – Doi Ang Khang

Here we stayed at a resort at the top of the mountain. Most of these images were taken right in the resort where the owner puts out food on a daily basis for the birds.

Brown-breasted Bulbul

Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush
Daurian Redstart
Eyebrowed Thrush
Spectacled Barwing
Black-breasted Thrush
Grey-winged Blackbird
Grey-sided Thrush
Oriental Magpie Robin
Red-whiskered Bulbul
White-capped Redstart
White-headed Bulbul

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