Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Doi Inthanon

I was in the North for a week with my family doing some very exciting school programs in the hills. More about that later. I managed to sneak up on Doi Inthanon one morning. It is past the breeding season and too early for migrants at this altitude. One of my absolute favorite birds up at the bog (2565m a.s.l) is the tiny Pygmy Wren Babbler.
The penetrating call of the bird is easy to identify but to spot the bird in the moss laden montane oak forest is another thing. I was so pleased to get a decent shot of it.

Another tiny and incredibly active bird from the bog at the summit: Rufous-winged Fulvetta. They move about in small parties in search for food. Very hard to get a shot of.

In Thailand I only know of one 'sure spot' to see the Snowy-browed Flycatcher and that is at the bog of the Summit of Doi Inthanon. The bird is actually seen in many a high mountain in SEA and when I visited Mt. Kinabalu it was one of the most common passerines. Here is a shot of the handsome male.

One of the most common birds of the Summit is this colorful little bird. It moves about in small flocks and is always on the move.

Silver-eared Laughingthrush ( split from Chestnut-crowned) is another common resident bird easily seen.

There were a few other birds around such as the resident Ashy-throated Warbler and White-tailed Warbler.
Yellow-bellied Fantail was doing its usual acrobatic flying sorties but I decided to head down to the jeep track instead.

I managed to see a Slaty-bellied Tesia but no picture. Instead I used playback with my voice recorder and managed one single shot of a Lesser Shortwing. This is a different race from the one seen in Peninsular Malaysia and Java.

After that I went for to have lunch at Mr Daeng's restaurant. He now has 6 rooms for rent at 500 Baht/room.

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