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 A seven day nature tour of peninsular Thailand – July 2013
A honeymoon couple we had guided a few months earlier had recommended us to a friend who was visiting South-East Asia with his family. John Carothers booked us for the last week of his holiday to help them find not only birds but mammals and reptiles too as John had a background in herpetology.
This report is just a summary and shows off some of the photographs we took along the way. Most walks we took on this trip were general nature rambles rather than bird watching and we spent a lot of the time looking for interesting reptiles and insects. As it happens we saw more snakes on this trip than any trip before. It just goes to show that you only see what you're looking for.
The trip started with a pick-up from one of the piers near Surat Thani from which we drove to Khao Luang (Krung Ching) National Park.
Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin at the Pier in Surat Thani
Cave Racer in Krung Ching Cave
Ashy Roundleaf Bat in Krung Ching Cave
Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bats at Krung Ching
Stripe-tailed Bronzeback Treesnake outside Krung Ching
Masked Spiny Lizard at Krung Ching
White-bellied Ratsnake at Krung Ching
After a couple of days at Krung Ching we made our way west to Khao Sok NP where we first had a night on the reservoir and then one in the HQ area. This was to maximise our chances of finding nocturnal mammals first by boat and then by foot.We also had a walk to the Rafflesia site but we were too late in the season to find any flowers in bloom.
Unidentified caterpillar on
the Rafflesia trail
Juvenile Half-banded
Bridled Snake outside our
rooms at Khao Sok NP
Jasper Catsnake during
our HQ area night walk
Sambar Deer during our boat
night safari on the reservoir
Smooth Parachute Gecko at
Khao Sok HQ
From Khao Sok we moved north to Kaeng Krachan NP. There we spent a day in the hides set up outside the park to attract birds and mammals and a couple of days in the park. The Panoen Thung area of the park was in thick cloud so most time was spent around the stream section and Baan Krang where two girls played with the released gibbon that lives around the campsite.
At the hides -
Black-naped Monarch
Crimson Sunbird
Green-legged Partridge with Grey-bellied Squirrel in the background
Lesser Mouse Deer
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Northern Treeshrew
Racket-tailed Treepie
In the park -
Oriental Vine Snake
Paris Peacock
Red-necked Keelback
South-East Asian Monitor
White-fronted Scops Owl

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