Monday, April 5, 2010

Masked Finfoot

I think this bird must be every birders dream to see. So little is understood about its whereabouts, habits etc. There are only a handful of records from Thailand and I sort of never seriously thought I'd see one here.

Thus, it was a few magical moments when I got to see this elusive bird in a stream at Khao Yai. The same stream also had 2 fresh water crocs and a phyton sleeping on a branch right above me.

Seeing this incredible animal: the male Gaur, was a first for me while slowly leaving Kaengkrachan National Park.

The animal took me by surprise as I was focused on birds. Seeing such a huge animal as this in a natural setting was an experience that entered my senses like lightning.

It is just awesome that one can find such magnificent animals still in fairly close vicinity of human settlements.