Not everything is what it seems. Just a bunch of dried old vines and leaves caught in a tree?
No, it's a Silver-breasted Broadbill's nest.
This nest was fairly high up, so mum's not too worried. Some other broadbill nests weren't in such good locations, one built low over a well used track and constantly being swung around as cars went by!
The forest had huge groups of wonderful butterflies drinking salts on the edges of most creeks.
Most forming groups of their own species.
This rainforest creek had a fantastic surprise waiting....
One of the rarest rainforest birds, 2 White-fronted Scops Owls. We were very lucky again.
And also one of the commonest rainforest birds, Black-naped Monarch at it's nest (with nestlings).
The area had wonderful birds we had been hoping to see and finally did, such as Kalij Pheasant, Blue Pitta, Crested Goshawk, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Streak-breasted, Bamboo and Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Great and Tickell's (Brown) Hornbill, Racquet-tailed and Ratchet-tailed Treepie.
Another surprise waited for us on the way back to our accommodation one afternoon, a Leopard!
Liz had been snoozing in the back of the van as we travelled back, waking and hearing our commotion in the front, thought it must be some new bird and promptly stuck out half her body out the window to have a look. She quickly realised that she was staring eye to eye with a Leopard only 4 metres from the van! She was a little white and in shock for rest of the journey back.
The pleasant ' for birders' accommodation near Kaeng Krachan, Ban Maka Resort, about 30 minutes from the park.
Good, clean air-conditioned rooms.
Nice gardens for some local birding.
Next morning and it's time to head to the rice fields at Petchaburi.
There's a light rain falling, but the Asian Golden Weavers are busily going about their business at the rice fields.
Interesting looking nests, but not many birds to be seen....
When birds do arrive, they quickly shoot up the long semi-transparent tube into the nest chamber. How do they do that, using wings, legs or both?