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A fourteen day tour of the central region of peninsular Thailand followed by six days in central Thailand.

Four birders from the U.S. had signed up for this trip, a married couple, Bert and Heika, and two ladies who had been on many birding trips together, Carolyn and Marianne.

Day 1 – Ao Phang Nga NP, Bang Phat mangroves and Queen’s Park

 

We picked up the guests in the mid morning from Phuket airport and a nearby hotel then drove over to Phang Nga where we would be staying the first night. We had lunch at the restaurant at Ao Phang Nga NP headquarters where we all enjoyed the beautiful views.  The mangroves were quiet but we found some Rufous-bellied Swallows, some Pacific Swallows, a pair of Ruby-cheeked Sunbirds and a Black-capped Kingfisher. At the side of the road was our first Chinese Pond Heron of the season in breeding plumage.

We headed next to Bang Phat mangroves. Along the way we stopped to look at some Jungle Mynas and also saw a Collared Kingfisher and a Brahminy Kite. A pair of White-breasted Waterhens crossed the road. The walkway itself was quiet but we managed to pick up Mangrove Whistler, Ruddy Kingfisher and we heard a Mangrove Pitta. Back at the car park some Asian Glossy Starlings were building a nest under a roof. At Queen’s Park a Blue Whistling Thrush gave brief views high up next to the rocks. A walk around the lake produced some House Swifts, Coppersmith Barbet, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Asian Koel and a rather large Water Monitor.

 

 Collared Kingfisher

Day 2 – Ton Pariwat WS & Thai Muang

 

We had our normal 7am start on the entrance road at Ton Pariwat WP and were rewarded by views of Grey-breasted Spiderhunter, Crimson Sunbird, Greater Green Leafbird, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Raffles’ Malkoha, Chestnut Breasted Malkoha and a selection of Bulbuls. Further along the road Carolyn spotted a Blue-eared Barbet calling from the crown of a tree. Asian Fairy Bluebird was seen in the scope near the elephant camp and a couple of Bushy-crested Hornbills flew by. The Whiskered Treeswifts and Grey-rumped Treeswifts were in their usual tree and down at the HQ we had fun separating the Silver-rumped Needletails from the Treeswifts and Swiftlets. As we were enjoying a cold drink a Crested Serpent Eagle cruised by.

At Thai Muang beach we found some Common Iora, a pair of Eurasian Hoopoes, Lineated Barbet and Chestnut-headed Bee-eater. It started to rain as we went into the fitness park but we still managed to find two Spotted Wood Owls and a Common Flameback.

The first bird we saw down at the marshes was spotted by Marianne. It was probably only the second sighting of a Eurasian Wryneck in South Thailand. About forty Oriental Pratincoles were flying around while walked the footpath where we found Lesser Coucal, Watercock, Common Kingfisher, Black-winged Kite, Stejneger’s Stonechat and Yellow-bellied Prinia.

 

           

          Changeable Hawk-Eagle                             Oriental Pied Hornbills                                     Brahminy Kite

 

Day 3 – Kho Phra Thong

 

The day started with a 6am boat trip from Kura Buri pier to Kho Phra Thong island. The only birds seen from the boat were Whimbrels and a distant Dollarbird. We had booked a jeep and trailer for the morning. While waiting for it to arrive we found some Olive-winged Bulbuls. The trailer had three rows of seats which once padded were not too uncomfortable. We stopped to look at some Blue-tailed Bee-eaters and heard a raptor calling. By process of elimination managed to call in a Changeable Hawk-Eagle, a rare bird for the south.  It stayed around for ten minutes so we all had great views. A couple of Red-billed Parakeets flew in screeching. Up at the lake we came across a pair of Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpeckers, a Purple Heron and some Intermediate Egrets.

 

    After lunch we heard some Pied Hornbills calling and went to investigate. They had been spooked by a Booted Eagle which we struggled to identify while it was perching but luckily it circled us a couple of times before leaving us and we could see its “headlights”. The hornbills then followed us down the trail and we had numerous views. It then started to rain a little, then a little more and after 20 minutes found ourselves caught in a torrential downpour which lasted over an hour. By the time we got back to the village we were in a poor state and Bert was so cold a local villager brought out some dry clothes for him. He spent the rest of the afternoon in a Hawaiian shirt and traditional Thai fisherman’s trousers. Nice.

 

Thankfully we had a dry boat trip back to the mainland. We had been baked by the sun in the morning and near frozen in the afternoon. We had learned a lesson – always carry a raincoat and brolly in South Thailand, even in the dry season.

 

Day 4 – Sri Phang Nga NP, Lapwing Bridge & Khao Sok NP

 

We had planned to have breakfast at the HQ area so we could watch out for hornbills but not only was it too misty but a large group of scouts were camping in the area so we drove up to the end of the track and had breakfast there. While doing so we watched a pair of Chestnut-naped Forktails looking for insects along the river’s edge. Around the car park we found a White-rumped Shama, a Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker and a Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker.

 The Banded Pitta stakeout was quiet apart from a pair of Abbott’s Babblers. We heard a Black-capped Babbler calling further up the trail and had a good look at it before rushing back to the shelters where a Dusky Broadbill was making a racket. It was alone which is strange as we usually find them in family groups. 

As we walked the road back to the HQ a Blue-Banded Kingfisher flew across the track a couple of time.  A rare passage migrant was our next bird in the form of a Blue-and-white Flycatcher. Next up was a male Banded Kingfisher which we got in the scope. Back at the campsite a Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle was circling around and a Helmeted Hornbill flew in front of a distant hill but unfortunately the guests didn’t see it in time.

After lunch we drove over to the Lapwing bridge where we had distant views of River Lapwing and Grey-headed Lapwing. A few Pacific Golden Plovers were on a closer sand bank.

We then visited some secondary forest outside Khao Sok NP. As soon as we got there a huge clap of thunder rolled around us. We were not keen to get another drenching so stayed close to the van until it looked safe. While doing so we called in a pair of Black-and-Red Broadbills and some Chestnut-winged Babblers. A raptor flying high up turned out to be a Black Eagle.

Over towards a limestone escarpment was a mixed group of Pacific Swifts, Asian Palm Swifts, Swallows and Swiftlets. We picked out some Brown-backed Needletails among them as they were the only ones flying if formation.

Also found in the area were three Plaintive Cuckoos, a Rufescent Prinia, some Greater Racket-tailed Drongos and a pair of Asian Red-eyed Bulbuls.

 

Day 5 – Khao Sok Reservoir & Khao Luang Krung Ching NP

 

We had breakfast on the boat on the way out so we could do our birding before it got too hot. As ever, everyone was entranced by the beauty of the place. Our first sighting was of a group of three Oriental Pied Hornbills together with some Dusky Langurs. Next up was an adult Lesser Fish-Eagle harassing a juvenile. On the snags beyond the limestone karsts we found a Eurasian Osprey, a Dollarbird and a Shikra high up in the forest. We got nice and close to a White-bellied Sea-Eagle before it flew off followed by a pair of Stork-billed Kingfishers. It was now starting to get hot so we found some shade near where we could hear some hornbills calling. We called in some Bushy-crested Hornbills which circled us low down and just before we left we had a Great Hornbill pass us by. Bert said it was one of his favourite ever morning’s birding. It’s difficult not to be impressed by the scale and grandeur of the place.
We arrived at Krung Ching in the late afternoon and spent the last hour of light around the gatehouse. Amongst others we found a Gold-whiskered Barbet. At dusk we walked the road out of the park. We had Blyth's Frogmouth and Sunda Scops Owl calling but did not see them. We did however have great views of three Brown Hawk Owls
 

Day 6 – Khao Luang Krung Ching NP

 

A day on the main trail. First up was a Rufous-crowned Babbler followed shortly by good views of a Rufous-winged Philentoma. Wallace’s hawk-Eagle was calling in the distance but didn’t show. In the area opened up by the previous season’s storms we found some Black-and-yellow Broadbills, a Dark-throated Oriole, a pair of Blue-winged Leafbirds and a Raffles’ Malkoha. The next kilometre was very quiet and it was a while before Heike spotted a Rufous Piculet in the bamboo. We had obscured views of a White-crowned Forktail working its way up a small stream. As we had lunch we heard the Rail Babbler calling so set up the hides and waited for it to come into the open. It took over an hour and only came out for ten or so seconds as it walked up the trail away from us. We had equally frustrating views of a Diard’s Trogon as it stayed one step ahead of us. Scarlet-rumped Trogon and Orange-breasted Trogons also called but did not come in. On the way back we picked up Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Bulbul and Hairy-backed Bulbul. It had been a very quiet day on the trail and everyone was exhausted so we had an early finish.

 

           

                          Rufous Piculet                                              Scarlet Minivet

 

Day 7 – Khao Luang Krung Ching NP

 

It was another misty morning so it was difficult to see any details on the birds for the first couple of hours.  Around the gate house we found a Streak-breasted Woodpecker. As the mist lifted we got onto Yellow-eared Spiderhunter and Spectacled Spiderhunter. Banded Woodpecker showed very well and we all sped down the road to find a family of calling Red-bearded Bee-eaters. After enjoying these remarkable birds we walked back up the road to find some Bronzed Drongos. The next bird was another passage migrant, a male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, already showing breeding plumage with an orange throat. A large party of Swinhoe’s Minivets and Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikes passed by.

Down at the bus stop a pair of Buff-rumped Woodpeckers made an appearance and a Blyth’s Hawk-Eagle came in low. At the HQ area we found a Red-throated Barbet’s nest but only saw the female. A Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle passed high overhead. Games went to try and catch a gliding lizard she had seen and found a family of Velvet-fronted Nuthatches working a tree trunk. 

After a long lunch break our afternoon birding was thwarted by rain. As it stopped we took a walk near our rooms and found a pair of Scarlet Minivets and an Arctic Warbler. Further on a group of Large Wood-Shrikes came through and we called in a couple of Golden-bellied Gerygones.

After dinner we drove back to the park and had some excellent views of a Brown Wood-Owl sitting beneath us on an open branch.

 

Day 8 – Khao Luang Krung Ching NP & Thale Noi

 

 

Another misty morning, we really are having bad luck with the weather. We went to our winter stake-out for the Blue-winged Pitta. As usual it called back once and then went quiet. In another few weeks the place will be crawling with them but it’s a different story in March. We satisfied ourselves by picking up a few more forest edge birds, namely, Green Iora, Purple-naped Sunbird, Plain Sunbird and Black-bellied Malkoha.

In the afternoon we had a great boat trip on Thale Noi. We started down a long corridor with poles down each side. On each pole was either a White-winged Tern or a Whiskered Tern in one of various stages of plumage. It was nice to be able to compare them together. Both Bronze-winged Jacanas and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas skipped away from the boat as we approached. Similarly we had a chance to compare Chinese Pond Herons with Javan Pond Herons, both in breeding plumage.

Plenty of Cotton Pygmy Geese were in the area with the lotus lilies. We took a detour through a tree lined canal and enjoyed spotting the Yellow Bitterns and the Cinnamon Bitterns in amongst the reeds. Then a Black Bittern flew by to complete the trio. A flock of about fifty Black-crowned Night Herons came in to roost. Near the bridge we found about 200 Lesser Whistling Ducks. On the way back we caught the edge of a shower to maintain our 100% afternoon rain record.

 

Day 9 – Khao Pu Khao Ya NP & Trang Botanical Gardens

 

While having breakfast at the HQ car park Heika noticed some Brown Barbets high up in a bare tree. We got a Streaked Wren-Babbler to come in and sing on a nearby rock. This bird’s cryptic markings always get a good reception from the birders. We had poor views of a Rufous-tailed Tailorbird as it flitted from one side of the road to the other. A little further down the road we heard a Blyth’s Frogmouth call. Games followed the call into the forest and then beckoned everyone in. The bird was sitting low down and we all had great views of it, a rare thing during daylight. At the end of the road we got Red-billed Malkoha and Square-tailed Drongo Cuckoo.

We visited Trang Botanical Gardens in the afternoon. At the car park was a pair of Brown-streaked Flycatchers building a nest. Under the canopy walkway we heard a Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher singing. It didn’t come out but we did see it skulking in the bamboo. The nature trail was very quiet apart from a few Bulbuls. A Green-billed Malkoha disappeared into a large tree and didn’t reappear. Back at the car park some Van Hasselt’s Sunbirds were feeding in a flowering tree. This bird appears black all over until it lands in bright sunlight then the purples, reds, greens and blues all light up.

 

Day 10 - Khao Nor Chuchi & Haat Yao

 

We had planned a morning on the trails looking for Pittas and Babblers but got side tracked by a Red-crowned Barbet which took us almost an hour to get good views of. Some Puff-backed Bulbuls took up some more time and we didn’t get onto the trail until rather late. A Chestnut-rumped Babbler kept its distance and was only seen briefly. We rounded a corner and came across an Indian Cuckoo sitting in the open. An Emerald Dove flew by and landed within sight. Very slow mornings like this can happen at KNC. The same trail a couple of weeks before had produced a string of good birds.

In the afternoon we visited the paddy fields at Haat Yao. An Eastern Marsh Harrier flew off as we arrived.  The Baya Weavers were busy building their nests and looked fine in their breeding plumage. A walk around the fields only flushed a Cinnamon Bittern. Scaly Breasted Munia and Black-winged Kite were present. In another field we spied a pair of Barred Buttonquail and managed to manoeuvre them into the open for a good look. Back at the car some quiet clicking noises gave away the presence of a Lanceolated Warbler which, remarkably, sat still in a little bush for two minutes while we all watched it.

Back at the rooms at dusk we found a Large-tailed Nightjar perching on a power cable and followed the call of a Sunda Scops Owl into a rubber plantation to find it perching in the open holding on to a mouse.

 

Day 11 – Krabi Mangroves and Rivermouth, Tiger Temple & Nai Chong

 

We boarded the boat in Krabi town and headed straight out to the river mouth. Along the way we found a Chinese Egret at the edge of the mangroves. We got out of the boat at a little sand bank and got Little Tern in breeding plumage, Bar-tailed Godwit, Lesser Sand Plover and Common Redshank. On the next sand bank the local guide pointed out two Nordmann’s Greenshanks and four Common Greenshanks. Further out a large group of terns was comprised mainly of Lesser Crested Terns but there were a couple of Greater Crested Tern and Common Terns among them. A flock of Great Knots flew over. Also present were Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone and Whimbrel.

 

Back in the mangroves we called in a pair of Chestnut-bellied Malkohas and an Ashy Tailorbird showed up. In another area we found a Brown-winged Kingfisher in the open. On the boardwalk the local guide showed us two Buffy Fish Owls at their day roost. A Mangrove Pitta called from high up in a tree and we managed to get the scope onto it.

 

A walk around Tiger Temple only got us another Blue Whistling Thrush. A Banded Bay Cuckoo was there but we only saw it in flight.

 

Our afternoon rain started as we arrived at Nai Chong. We sat it out in the van before walking into the forest to get great looks at a pair of Fluffy-backed Tit-Babblers singing to each other. We were wondering about the name when one of them dropped its wings and puffed out some feathers on its back. Always a great bird to see.

 

 

Day 12 – Khao Nor Chuchi & Sri Phang Nga NP

 

Back to the KNC trails to look for Broadbills, Pittas & Trogons. On “A” trail we found some Chestnut-winged Babblers making a nest. A long tailed white morph Asian Paradise Flycatcher flitted around for a while. A Green Broadbill taunted us for thirty minutes before showing itself. We also had good looks at a Crow-billed Drongo, which is a rare thing as they are very shy. On a side trail we found a Large Wren Babbler which called from the same low spot for about ten minutes. On “B” trail we saw a pair of Pale-vented Bulbuls and heard a Malayan Banded Pitta just twenty metres away but in an area too thick to either see into or walk into.

We decided to head back to Sri Phang Nga NP for another chance at the Banded Pitta but our bad luck continued as it rained all the way and it was very gloomy when we arrived. We sat in the stake out area again but had no luck with the Pitta. We did though hear a Banded Broadbill calling so rushed out to get a look in the last light of the day.

 

Day 13 – Kho Similan NP

 

 

As usual we had to join one of the snorkelling day trips to get out to the island. This only allows a couple of hours at the islands for birding. On Island 4 we found one Nicobar Pigeon in a small tree and five more later on at the campsite. We also found two nests, each occupied by a Pied Imperial Pigeon. At island 9 a White-bellied Sea-Eagle was flying around and a Pacific Reef Heron was down on the rocky shore. At Island 8 one more Nicobar Pigeon was seen.

 

 

 

Day 14 – Transfer

 

Carolyn had not signed up for the extension to central Thailand so headed back to Phuket Airport while we drove north all day arriving at our rooms near Kaeng Krachan at about 4pm.

Everyone was keen to do some birding as we had been sitting in the car all day so we unloaded the car and met up in the garden. An Asian Barred Owlet was calling and we tracked down a pair of them in a leafless tree. A Flameback was calling from further up the garden and we managed to get them in, they turned out to be Greater Flamebacks. A Taiga Flycatcher was turning into breeding plumage and showing a red throat. A group of Hair-crested Drongos were flying around a flowering tree and on the other side of the garden sat an Ashy Drongo.

     

Day 15 – Kaeng Krachan hides

 

We had booked Mr Sin’s hide for the day. By the time we got in at 7am Mr Sin had already been and had put in fresh water and thrown around some kind of feed. The first bird in was a Green-legged Partridge which stayed for a couple of minutes. A pair of Siberian Blue Robins were next, joined by a male Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher. Four White-crowned Laughingthrushes bounced all the way in from the back followed by both Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes and Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes. Puff-throated Babblers and Pin-striped Tit-Babblers came in for a drink. The hide is a great place, there is always something going on. If there are no birds, there are four kinds of squirrels running about and Lesser Mouse Deer comes in from time to time. We were about to leave for a long lunch break when a Large Scimitar Babbler turned up. This bird is always shy but it showed well at the side of the clearing.

During the lunch break Heika flushed a Slaty-breasted Rail from one of the ponds at the resort.

     The hide was a little busier in the afternoon. An Eared Pitta was calling from only a few metres away but didn’t show itself. A pair of Racket-tailed Treepies came in a few times. This is a great bird to see close up as otherwise it looks all black. In the right light it appears a coppery green and only the face mask is black. A Greater Racket-tailed Drongo came in and caught a butterfly. A superb looking male Red Jungle Fowl strutted around for a while to gasps of admiration from Bert. The morning had mainly consisted of large birds coming in to eat while the afternoon was more about small birds coming in to bathe. Plenty of Bulbuls came for a splash as did Black-naped Monarchs, Common Emerald Doves, White-browed Scimitar Babblers, Brown-cheeked Fulvettas and Abbott’s Babblers. At 5:30 a pair of beautiful Green Magpies came in and provided a climax to a great day.

 

               

Day 16 – Kaeng Krachan NP

 

     We had an early start and got to Baan Krang campsite by 6:45. A pair of Greater Yellownapes showed first over a forest clearing. A Green-eared Barbet was calling behind us and we easily found it near the top of a tree. Two large fruiting trees were being visited regularly by Thick-billed Green Pigeons, Oriental Pied Hornbills and a variety of Barbets and Bulbuls. Banded Broadbills came in behind us and a Great Slaty Woodpecker flew overhead a couple of times. Three Tickell’s Brown Hornbills then flew into one of the fruiting trees. As we were watching the hornbills a pair of Black-and-red broadbills passed by and a Radde’s Warbler worked its way along the roadside. Along the trail to the scout’s campground we found an Orange-breasted Trogon. While having a cold drink a Crested Goshawk flew in and we got the scope onto it.
We moved over to the river section just as a bird wave came through. We had Sultan Tit, Blue-winged Leafbird, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Great Iora and Silver-breasted Broadbill all at the same time. A Rufous-fronted Babbler also came in nicely.
After lunch we drove up to the km 27 area where we got a Streaked Spiderhunter among the banana plants and a Long-tailed Broadbill landed very close to us. That completed the full set of seven Thai Broadbill species.
Up at the top it took us a while to work out a tree full of Minivets as a pair of Scarlet Minivets were mixed in with a family of Grey-chinned Minivets. A Blue-throated Barbet took a while to come into good light but eventually did. Blyth’s Shrike-Babbler was easier and showed well. A heavy downpour forced us under a shelter but we got a Great Barbet as we waited for it to abate.
On the drive out we stopped once for a Great Hornbill tearing bark off a dead tree at the side of the road and once for a Red-bearded Bee-eater perching on a stick over the road. We saw the back end of a Kalij Pheasant disappear into the forest and further on a Yellow-throated Marten was seen in the distance.

 

Day 17 – Pak Thale & Laem Pak Bia 
 
We had to park our car back near the road due to the number of lorries carrying salt out of the area. After walking up to the hut we turned left and found a saltpan with a few smaller waders on it. The first bird we got the scope on to was a Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Everyone had a good long look before it flew off behind the hut. Brown-headed Gulls and a Caspian Tern were in the next saltpan and next to them were some Bar-tailed Godwits,Greater Sand Plover and Lesser sand Plover in breeding plumage.
Near the oil depot we spotted some Painted Storks on the concrete posts. While we watched them flying in and out Games found two Black-faced Spoonbills amongst some Egrets. Behind them some Spot-billed Pelicans were swimming around.
On the boat trip out to the sand spit we got a Chinese Egret. There were plenty of Kentish Plovers and Malaysian Plovers on the sand spit but no White-faced Plovers. We spent plenty of time looking for them thinking that they must be somewhere but back at the pier we noticed that the log book showed no-one had seen them in a fortnight.  They must have left already.
During the lunch break Games went back to try and photograph the Spoonbills. They had moved on but the Painted Storks had come down to ground and stood around in a group.
After lunch we went to the dump where we had great views of a male Pied Harrier flying low.  We spent the rest of the afternoon scanning the saltpans and found Curlew Sandpipers, Long-toad Stints and Spotted Redshanks. In the scrub along the edge we flushed some Pallas’s Grasshopper Warblers.
At the Mangrove Research Centre Bert spotted a Nordmann’s Greenshank down in a ditch.
 
        
               Painted Stork                     Spoon-billed Sanpiper
 
Day 18 – Eagle Stakeout, Wat Khao Takrao & Ayutthaya Paddy Fields
 
It was a good morning to be out in the open as it was cloudy and cool. We walked down the track next to the eagle identification poster and saw a female Eastern Marsh Harrier circling the next field. An Asian Openbill let us walk right by it. Baya Weaver and Streaked Weaver were busy building nests and Plain Prinia were all around. Zitting Cisticolas went on display flights and called from on high. There were no Eagles. Again, we were too late in the season.
    As we arrived at Wat Khao Takrao a passing helicopter put up the ducks which allowed us to easily separate the two Garganay from the masses of Lesser Whistling Duck. A Chestnut Munia showed itself to Bert just before a Black Bittern flew in front of us. A Black Baza shared a thermal with a Brahminy Kite and two Black Kites soared over the hill.
After we had checked in to our hotel in Ayutthaya we spent a couple of hours at some paddy fields just outside town. This is a good birding spot as a raised track wends through the fields. Bronze-winged Jacanas walked around the lilies in the drainage channel and a male Eastern Marsh Harrier was upsetting the Red-wattled Lapwings. An Indochinese Bushlark sang from a low bush and after a few minutes we managed to call out a Siberian Rubythroat. A small party of juvenile starlings had us confused until an adult Chestnut-tailed Starling joined them.
 
             
 

 

Day 19 – Ayutthaya Paddy Fields & Hup Pa Tad
 
We had another quick look around the paddy fields before visiting a few temples to learn a little about Thai history and culture. We found a Black-browed Reed-Warbler and an Oriental Reed-Warbler. An Oriental Skylark hovered up high for ten minutes at a time while it sang away.
We arrived at the resort at Hup Pa Tad in the early afternoon while it was still too hot to be birding. At about 3pm we started our walk. Limestone Wren-Babblers were active around the edge of the cliffs but it took us a while to get onto them. In an area of fruiting trees two Orange-headed Thrushes took fruit from the floor while a male Siberian Thrush fed straight from the trees. Also there was the bird of the trip, a fantastic male Narcissus Flycatcher. This bird has only ever been seen a handful of times in Thailand.

 

Day 20 – Huay Kha Kaeng WS
 
After getting through the gate at 6:30am we drove slowly along the entrance road looking for a “birdy” area. We were lucky in our choice as we had Black-naped Oriole and Black-hooded Oriole straight away. A pair of Black-headed Woodpeckers then came in. A Green Peafowl crossed the road in the distance and a Rufous Treepie showed briefly. A flowering tree was full of Purple Sunbirds.
A little further down the road we stopped when we saw an unidentified Hawk-Cuckoo fly into the forest. We couldn’t find it but some Red-breasted Parakeets were feeding their young in a nearby tree. Two Black Bazas flew over and came in to call.
At the HQ area a Chinese Sparrowhawk caught an early morning thermal. Games noticed some deer feeding under a tree so went to see what they were eating. It turned out that the tree was in fruit and had Yellow-footed Green Pigeons and Thick-billed Green Pigeons feeding in it together with Lineated Barbets and Coppersmith Barbets. A male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher flitted around while a Black-headed Woodpecker sat next to Rosy Starling.
At the start of the nature trail was a family of six Red-billed Blue Magpies. Further down the trail an Indian Cuckoo sat for us. As we walked back a Blue-bearded Bee-eater sat low and open for good views.
After lunch we spent a couple of hours at the lookout tower. An Oriental Honey Buzzard flew around us a couple of times and a pair of Shikra visited their nest in the nearest tree. After a while a Green Peafowl came down to the river for a short time.
 
           
            Narcissus Flycatcher              Black-headed Woodpecker
 
Day 21 – Beung Boraphet
 
We had time for a three hour boat trip before we had to leave the area. As we made our way from the pier through the lilies to the open water we found a Pied Kingfisher.  
 We made our way along the opposite shore looking for Ibis but only found Asian Openbills, Egrets and Herons. We did though see two Striated Grassbirds and a Long-tailed Shrike.
We next headed over to a couple of islands absolutely full of nesting Herons. Eastern Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, Purple Herons and Little Egrets vied for space. One tree held at least ten Oriental Darters.
On the way back Bert was happy to see a Pheasant-tailed Jacana going into breeding plumage.
 
           
               Oriental Darter                       Eastern Cattle Egret
 
We then drove back to Bangkok and dropped off the guests. It took us another day to get home for a well earned rest. During the trip we had seen around 350 species including some rarely seen in Thailand and everyone had had a great time.    
 
Complete Trip List
Arborophila chloropus Green-legged Partridge
Gallus gallus Red Junglefowl
Lophura leucomelanos Kalij Pheasant
Pavo muticus Green Peafowl
Dendrocygna javanica Lesser Whistling Duck
Nettapus coromandelianus Cotton Pygmy Goose
Anas querquedula Garganey
Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe
Mycteria leucocephala Painted Stork
Anastomus oscitans Asian Openbill
Platalea minor Black-faced Spoonbill
Ixobrychus sinensis Yellow Bittern
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus Cinnamon Bittern
Dupetor flavicollis Black Bittern
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night Heron
Butorides striata Striated Heron
Ardeola grayii Indian Pond Heron
Ardeola bacchus Chinese Pond Heron
Ardeola speciosa Javan Pond Heron
Bubulcus coromandus Eastern Cattle Egret
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Ardea purpurea Purple Heron
Ardea alba Great Egret
Egretta intermedia Intermediate Egret
Egretta garzetta Little Egret
Egretta sacra Pacific Reef Heron
Egretta eulophotes Chinese Egret
Pelecanus philippensis Spot-billed Pelican
Microcarbo niger Little Cormorant
Anhinga melanogaster Oriental Darter
Pandion haliaetus Western Osprey
Aviceda leuphotes Black Baza
Pernis ptilorhynchus Crested Honey Buzzard
Elanus caeruleus Black-winged Kite
Milvus migrans Black Kite
Haliastur indus Brahminy Kite
Haliaeetus leucogaster White-bellied Sea Eagle
Icthyophaga humilis Lesser Fish Eagle
Spilornis cheela Crested Serpent Eagle
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh Harrier
Circus spilonotus Eastern Marsh Harrier
Circus melanoleucos Pied Harrier
Accipiter trivirgatus Crested Goshawk
Accipiter badius Shikra
Accipiter soloensis Chinese Sparrowhawk
Ictinaetus malayensis Black Eagle
Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle
Lophotriorchis kienerii Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle
Nisaetus alboniger Blyth's Hawk-Eagle
Nisaetus nanus Wallace's Hawk-eagle
Nisaetus cirrhatus Crested Hawk Eagle
Gallirallus striatus Slaty-breasted Rail
Amaurornis phoenicurus White-breasted Waterhen
Gallicrex cinerea Watercock
Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen
Turnix suscitator Barred Buttonquail
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt
Vanellus duvaucelii River Lapwing
Vanellus cinereus Grey-headed Lapwing
Vanellus indicus Red-wattled Lapwing
Pluvialis fulva Pacific Golden Plover
Pluvialis squatarola Grey Plover
Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius alexandrinus Kentish Plover
Charadrius peronii Malaysian Plover
Charadrius mongolus Lesser Sand Plover
Charadrius leschenaultii Greater Sand Plover
Hydrophasianus chirurgus Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Metopidius indicus Bronze-winged Jacana
Gallinago stenura Pin-tailed Snipe
Gallinago gallinago Common Snipe
Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew
Tringa erythropus Spotted Redshank
Tringa totanus Common Redshank
Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank
Tringa guttifer Nordmann's Greenshank
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper
Xenus cinereus Terek Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone
Calidris tenuirostris Great Knot
Calidris alba Sanderling
Calidris ruficollis Red-necked Stint
Calidris subminuta Long-toed Stint
Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper
Eurynorhynchus pygmeus Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Glareola maldivarum Oriental Pratincole
Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus Brown-headed Gull
Hydroprogne caspia Caspian Tern
Thalasseus bergii Greater Crested Tern
Thalasseus bengalensis Lesser Crested Tern
Sternula albifrons Little Tern
Sterna hirundo Common Tern
Chlidonias hybrida Whiskered Tern
Chlidonias leucopterus White-winged Tern
Columba livia Rock Dove
Streptopelia tranquebarica Red Turtle Dove
Spilopelia chinensis Spotted Dove
Chalcophaps indica Common Emerald Dove
Geopelia striata Zebra Dove
Treron vernans Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Treron curvirostra Thick-billed Green Pigeon
Treron phoenicopterus Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
Loriculus vernalis Vernal Hanging Parrot
Psittacula alexandri Red-breasted Parakeet
Centropus sinensis Greater Coucal
Centropus bengalensis Lesser Coucal
Rhinortha chlorophaea Raffles's Malkoha
Zanclostomus javanicus Red-billed Malkoha
Phaenicophaeus curvirostris Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Phaenicophaeus sumatranus Chestnut-bellied Malkoha
Phaenicophaeus diardi Black-bellied Malkoha
Phaenicophaeus tristis Green-billed Malkoha
Eudynamys scolopaceus Asian Koel
Cacomantis sonneratii Banded Bay Cuckoo
Cacomantis merulinus Plaintive Cuckoo
Surniculus lugubris Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
Cuculus micropterus Indian Cuckoo
Ketupa ketupu Buffy Fish Owl
Strix seloputo Spotted Wood Owl
Strix leptogrammica Brown Wood Owl
Glaucidium cuculoides Asian Barred Owlet
Ninox scutulata Brown Hawk-owl
Batrachostomus affinis Blyth's Frogmouth
Caprimulgus macrurus Large-tailed Nightjar
Hemiprocne longipennis Grey-rumped Treeswift
Hemiprocne comata Whiskered Treeswift
Aerodramus germani Germain's Swiftlet
Rhaphidura leucopygialis Silver-rumped Spinetail
Hirundapus giganteus Brown-backed Needletail
Cypsiurus balasiensis Asian Palm Swift
Apus pacificus Pacific Swift
Apus nipalensis House Swift
Harpactes diardii Diard's Trogon
Harpactes oreskios Orange-breasted Trogon
Coracias benghalensis Indian Roller
Eurystomus orientalis Oriental Dollarbird
Actenoides concretus Rufous-collared Kingfisher
Lacedo pulchella Banded Kingfisher
Pelargopsis capensis Stork-billed Kingfisher
Pelargopsis amauroptera Brown-winged Kingfisher
Halcyon coromanda Ruddy Kingfisher
Halcyon smyrnensis White-throated Kingfisher
Halcyon pileata Black-capped Kingfisher
Todiramphus chloris Collared Kingfisher
Alcedo euryzona Blue-banded Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis Common Kingfisher
Nyctyornis amictus Red-bearded Bee-eater
Nyctyornis athertoni Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Merops orientalis Green Bee-eater
Merops philippinus Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Merops leschenaulti Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe
Anorrhinus tickelli Tickell's Brown Hornbill
Anorrhinus galeritus Bushy-crested Hornbill
Anthracoceros albirostris Oriental Pied Hornbill
Buceros bicornis Great Hornbill
Rhinoplax vigil Helmeted Hornbill
Megalaima virens Great Barbet
Megalaima lineata Lineated Barbet
Megalaima faiostricta Green-eared Barbet
Megalaima chrysopogon Golden-whiskered Barbet
Megalaima rafflesii Red-crowned Barbet
Megalaima mystacophanos Red-throated Barbet
Megalaima asiatica Blue-throated Barbet
Megalaima australis Blue-eared Barbet
Megalaima haemacephala Coppersmith Barbet
Caloramphus fuliginosus Brown Barbet
Jynx torquilla Eurasian Wryneck
Sasia abnormis Rufous Piculet
Hemicircus canente Heart-spotted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos canicapillus Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Chrysophlegma miniaceum Banded Woodpecker
Chrysophlegma flavinucha Greater Yellownape
Picus viridanus Streak-breasted Woodpecker
Picus erythropygius Black-headed Woodpecker
Dinopium javanense Common Flameback
Chrysocolaptes lucidus Greater Flameback
Meiglyptes tristis Buff-rumped Woodpecker
Mulleripicus pulverulentus Great Slaty Woodpecker
Calyptomena viridis Green Broadbill
Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos Black-and-Red Broadbill
Psarisomus dalhousiae Long-tailed Broadbill
Serilophus lunatus Silver-breasted Broadbill
Eurylaimus javanicus Banded Broadbill
Eurylaimus ochromalus Black-and-yellow Broadbill
Corydon sumatranus Dusky Broadbill
Pitta megarhyncha Mangrove Pitta
Gerygone sulphurea Golden-bellied Gerygone
Hemipus picatus Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Tephrodornis virgatus Large Woodshrike
Philentoma pyrhoptera Rufous-winged Philentoma
Artamus fuscus Ashy Woodswallow
Aegithina tiphia Common Iora
Aegithina viridissima Green Iora
Aegithina lafresnayei Great Iora
Coracina melaschistos Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Pericrocotus cantonensis Swinhoe's Minivet
Pericrocotus solaris Grey-chinned Minivet
Pericrocotus speciosus Scarlet Minivet
Pachycephala cinerea Mangrove Whistler
Lanius cristatus Brown Shrike
Lanius schach Long-tailed Shrike
Erpornis zantholeuca White-bellied Erpornis
Pteruthius aeralatus Blyth's Shrike-babbler
Oriolus xanthonotus Dark-throated Oriole
Oriolus chinensis Black-naped Oriole
Oriolus xanthornus Black-hooded Oriole
Dicrurus macrocercus Black Drongo
Dicrurus leucophaeus Ashy Drongo
Dicrurus annectans Crow-billed Drongo
Dicrurus aeneus Bronzed Drongo
Dicrurus hottentottus Hair-crested Drongo
Dicrurus paradiseus Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Rhipidura javanica Pied Fantail
Hypothymis azurea Black-naped Monarch
Terpsiphone paradisi Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Urocissa erythroryncha Red-billed Blue Magpie
Cissa chinensis Common Green Magpie
Dendrocitta vagabunda Rufous Treepie
Crypsirina temia Racket-tailed Treepie
Corvus macrorhynchos Large-billed Crow
Eupetes macrocerus Rail-Babbler
Culicicapa ceylonensis Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Melanochlora sultanea Sultan Tit
Mirafra erythrocephala Indochinese Bush Lark
Alauda gulgula Oriental Skylark
Pycnonotus atriceps Black-headed Bulbul
Pycnonotus flaviventris Black-crested Bulbul
Pycnonotus aurigaster Sooty-headed Bulbul
Pycnonotus eutilotus Puff-backed Bulbul
Pycnonotus finlaysoni Stripe-throated Bulbul
Pycnonotus flavescens Flavescent Bulbul
Pycnonotus goiavier Yellow-vented Bulbul
Pycnonotus plumosus Olive-winged Bulbul
Pycnonotus blanfordi Streak-eared Bulbul
Pycnonotus simplex Cream-vented Bulbul
Pycnonotus brunneus Asian Red-eyed Bulbul
Pycnonotus erythropthalmos Spectacled Bulbul
Alophoixus ochraceus Ochraceous Bulbul
Alophoixus bres Grey-cheeked Bulbul
Alophoixus phaeocephalus Yellow-bellied Bulbul
Tricholestes criniger Hairy-backed Bulbul
Iole olivacea Buff-vented Bulbul
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow
Hirundo tahitica Pacific Swallow
Cecropis daurica Red-rumped Swallow
Abroscopus superciliaris Yellow-bellied Warbler
Phylloscopus schwarzi Radde's Warbler
Phylloscopus inornatus Yellow-browed Warbler
Phylloscopus borealis Arctic Warbler
Phylloscopus tenellipes Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus coronatus Eastern Crowned Warbler
Acrocephalus orientalis Oriental Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus bistrigiceps Black-browed Reed Warbler
Megalurus palustris Striated Grassbird
Locustella lanceolata Lanceolated Warbler
Locustella certhiola Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
Cisticola juncidis Zitting Cisticola
Prinia rufescens Rufescent Prinia
Prinia flaviventris Yellow-bellied Prinia
Prinia inornata Plain Prinia
Orthotomus sutorius Common Tailorbird
Orthotomus atrogularis Dark-necked Tailorbird
Orthotomus sericeus Rufous-tailed Tailorbird
Orthotomus ruficeps Ashy Tailorbird
Pomatorhinus hypoleucos Large Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus schisticeps White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Stachyris poliocephala Grey-headed Babbler
Stachyris maculata Chestnut-rumped Babbler
Stachyris erythroptera Chestnut-winged Babbler
Macronus gularis Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Macronus ptilosus Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler
Alcippe poioicephala Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Napothera macrodactyla Large Wren-Babbler
Napothera crispifrons Limestone Wren-babbler
Napothera brevicaudata Streaked Wren-babbler
Malacocincla abbotti Abbott's Babbler
Malacopteron magnirostre Moustached Babbler
Trichastoma bicolor Ferruginous Babbler
Pellorneum ruficeps Puff-throated Babbler
Pellorneum capistratum Black-capped Babbler
Garrulax leucolophus White-crested Laughingthrush
Garrulax monileger Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Garrulax pectoralis Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Zosterops everetti Everett's White-eye
Irena puella Asian Fairy-bluebird
Sitta frontalis Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Aplonis panayensis Asian Glossy Starling
Acridotheres grandis Great Myna
Acridotheres fuscus Jungle Myna
Acridotheres tristis Common Myna
Gracupica contra Pied Myna
Sturnia malabarica Chestnut-tailed Starling
Pastor roseus Rosy Starling
Myophonus caeruleus Blue Whistling Thrush
Geokichla citrina Orange-headed Thrush
Geokichla sibirica Siberian Thrush
Luscinia calliope Siberian Rubythroat
Luscinia cyane Siberian Blue Robin
Copsychus saularis Oriental Magpie-Robin
Copsychus malabaricus White-rumped Shama
Enicurus ruficapillus Chestnut-naped Forktail
Enicurus leschenaulti White-crowned Forktail
Saxicola stejnegeri Stejneger's Stonechat
Muscicapa dauurica Asian Brown Flycatcher
Ficedula zanthopygia Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
Ficedula narcissina Narcissus Flycatcher
Ficedula albicilla Taiga Flycatcher
Cyanoptila cyanomelana Blue-and-white Flycatcher
Cyornis tickelliae Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Chloropsis sonnerati Greater Green Leafbird
Chloropsis cyanopogon Lesser Green Leafbird
Chloropsis cochinchinensis Blue-winged Leafbird
Chloropsis aurifrons Golden-fronted Leafbird
Prionochilus maculatus Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker
Prionochilus percussus Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker
Dicaeum chrysorrheum Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Dicaeum trigonostigma Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Dicaeum cruentatum Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Chalcoparia singalensis Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
Anthreptes simplex Plain Sunbird
Anthreptes malacensis Brown-throated Sunbird
Hypogramma hypogrammicum Purple-naped Sunbird
Leptocoma brasiliana Van Hasselt's Sunbird
Cinnyris asiaticus Purple Sunbird
Cinnyris jugularis Olive-backed Sunbird
Aethopyga siparaja Crimson Sunbird
Arachnothera longirostra Little Spiderhunter
Arachnothera flavigaster Spectacled Spiderhunter
Arachnothera chrysogenys Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
Arachnothera modesta Grey-breasted Spiderhunter
Arachnothera magna Streaked Spiderhunter
Passer domesticus House Sparrow
Passer flaveolus Plain-backed Sparrow
Passer montanus Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Ploceus manyar Streaked Weaver
Ploceus philippinus Baya Weaver
Lonchura striata White-rumped Munia
Lonchura punctulata Scaly-breasted Munia
Lonchura atricapilla Chestnut Munia
Dendronanthus indicus Forest Wagtail
Motacilla tschutschensis Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail
Anthus rufulus Paddyfield Pipit
 
 
 
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Mangrove Pitta
 
 
 
 
Crested Serpent Eagle
 
 
 
 
 
Abbotts Babbler
 
 
 
 
 
Sptted Wood-Owl
 
 
 
 
 
Crimson Sunbird
 
 
 
 
 
Asian Glossy Starling
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oriental Pratincole
 
 
 
 
 
Grey-capped Pygmy-Woodpecker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Great Hornbill
 
 
 
 
 
Lesser Fish-Eagle
 
 
 
 
 
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
 
 
 
 
 
Black-and-yellow Broadbill
 
 
 
 
 
Dark-throated Oriole
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brown Wood-Owl
 
 
 
 
Blyth’s Frogmouth
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
 
 
 
 
 
Purple Heron
 
 
 
 
 
Black Bittern
 
 
 
 
 
 
Javan Pond-Heron
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pied Harrier
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baya Weaver
 
 
 
 
 
Brown-winged Kingfisher
 
 
 
 
 
Asian Barred Owlet
 
 
 
 
 
Siberian Blue Robin
 
 
 
 
 
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
 
 
 
 
Black-naped Monarch
 
 
 
 
 Long-tailed Broadbill
 
 
 
 
Common Emerald Dove
 
 
 
 
Green-legged Partridge
 
 
 
 
Tickell's Brown Hornbill
 
 
 
 
Lesser Mouse Deer
 
 
 
 
Red Junglefowl
 
 
 
 
Northern Treeshrew
 
 
 
 
Racket-tailed Treepie
 
 
 
 
Red-billed Blue Magpie
 
 
 
 
Black Baza
 
 
 
 
Rosy Starling