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Thale Noi

Thale Noi is Southern Thailand's largest body of fresh water. It is joined to two much larger lakes at it's Southernmost point but these lakes are brackish as they themselves are joined to the sea at Songkhla.
We stay in a hotel on the Western edge of the lake from where we can hire a longtail boat to go birding. There is also an elevated road which runs over a large area of marshes.

The Boat

Cotton Pygmy Goose
Black-winged Stilt
Chinese Pond Heron
Common Moorhen
Purple Heron
The first part of the trip takes us through vast beds of lotus which are home to a variety of Bitterns, Herons, Egrets, Jacanas and water fowl. Whiskered Terns are everywhere and Kites, Ospreys and Harriers show from time to time.
Next we visit more open water areas where we are more likely to find Pygmy Geese and large numbers of Ducks. We finish off at the Southern edge of the lake which is popular with waders.

The Road

Black-headed Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Brahminy Kite
White-winged Tern
Oriental Pratincole
The elevated road runs for about 5km over the marshes. We walk along and with the aid of a scope pick out the various waders feeding in the shallow water. Black-headed Ibis and Glossy Ibis are the highlights but there are many other birds including Greater Painted Snipe and Oriental Pratincole.

Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.
Eastern Marsh-Harrier
Intermediate Egret
Peregrine Falcon
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Purple Swamphen