And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Birding in Thailand - Kaeng Krachan

After birding in at Laem Pak Bia the next stop was a few days at Kaeng Krachen National Park, a forested mountain area to the west. The park is the largest in Thailand with 2915 square kilometres of area.

Heading up the mountain in the morning at this time of year, you often encounter what is called the 'Sea of Cloud'.

Liz is very happy, as we have seen Rusty-Cheeked (Brown) Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Red-headed Trogon and her number one target bird an Asian Fairy-Bluebird. A beautiful bird I had seen a number of times over our travels in Borneo, but she had always dipped out on! 

The animal diversity in the park is amazing, with tigers, leopards, tapirs and elephants present in the area. The plant diversity is incredible as well.

The area has this huge reservoir, but few waterbirds. We did see two Ospreys hunting over the water.

One of the frogs living in a bathroom, possibly a Common Tree-Frog (Polypedates sp?).

We have seen this wonderful huge-leafed plant before in Borneo. Just grab a leaf if it starts raining!

Amazing how such a huge leaf can be rolled up to about the size of a baseball bat before it opens.

One of our nice finds, an Asian Barred Owlet.

Liz was happy to see this Mountain Imperial Pigeon as she had dipped on it at Mount Kinabalu.

Looks like some kind of nuclear reactor, but it's actually a massive hotel for swiftlets! There are a number of these big hotels near the coast just south of Bangkok, all used in the commercial harvesting of swiftlet nests for food.

1 comment:

Angad Achappa said...

Nice report.. that leaf looks massive!! Nice pic of the Owlet...