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)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Christmas Birding in Thailand - Northern Mountains

The birding in Perth has been quiet lately with 35+ C summer temperatures every day and strong winds. A lot of the lakes are dry or totally full (due to road inflows from a recent rainstorm), so many birds have moved to better locations.

Here are some pictures of the northern mountains section of our birding in Thailand, with Liz pleased to be birding in the cool air of Doi Ang Kang.

Peter our guide is also happy to be out birding.

An interesting sign in our bathroom. I was told it said not to throw rubbish in the toilet, but I think the little guy in the pic needs to see a doctor or at least eat more fibre!

The best place to see a number local thrush species (White's, Dark-sided and Black-breasted Thrush), the back of the kitchen at 'The King's Royal Project'.

Some of the good birding trails, which have a very European feel due to the pines and cool air. Also birds such as Grey Tit, treecreeper, warblers etc.

A Burmese outpost. The Thai/Burmese border has a lot of the landscape looking like a war zone.

No man's land, but with some good birds such as Yellow-streaked Warbler.

Ready for any trouble.

Interesting trees.

Doi Ang Kang area.

Interesting place with lots of conifers, but also banana trees underneath.

The river area near Tha Ton had some good birding, mostly in the fields.

Nice afternoon's birding.

The area is covered with these wonderful old offering shrines, each one different.

The wonderful view from Doi Lang, our next birding location.

Some of the interesting wind-swept and lichen covered trees on Doi Lang.

An early morning hunt on the way to Doi Lang summit for the rare Jerdon's Bushchat.......finally we got it!

It's back south to Chiang Mai. The crush at Chiang Mai on New Year's Eve.

1 comment:

Stu said...

Forgive me but the pic I looked at most was the toilet's an absolute classic.