Friday, June 10, 2016

Photography trip in late April

Kevin Bartlett wanted to photograph Broadbills after some work in Bangkok.
We spent 6 lovely days together both inside of Kaengkrachan National Park as well as in the outskirts and some fields of Petchaburi province.
Kevin managed to photograph 5 species of Broadbills much to his delight. He also got his 1st Pitta species on film and just generally had a good time with the birds.

These are my own images. I didn't pursue all birds as I have photographed them previously.

It was still dry in the park after an unusually long dry season. Birds were starting to breed though and we did encounter sporadic rain.

The Pittas were active as well and we heard 4 species and saw 2.

We also saw numerous Yellow-rumped Flycatchers as well as a few Green-backed. These birds are passage migrants and otherwise not seen in the park.

Lodging and dining was at Baan Maka, the default choice of accommodation.


These images are all from a hide by a waterhole. 







 Asian Golden Weavers sparkle in the reed beds as they are busy building nests.



Oriental Pratincoles prefer dry open mud for their nesting grounds. 



Yellow-rumped Flycatchers use the waterhole as they pass through Central Thailand on their way to their breeding grounds in Northern China etc.



Crested Goshawk isn't all that dangerous at the waterhole but the little birds retreat when it shows up for a drink.



Lineated Pheasant, male, likes to join the party.



Forest Wagtail looking for grubs on the forest floor.




Green Magpie is one stunning as well as mean looking creature......loud and ferocious....



Female Asian Fairy Bluebird is not a regular visitor to the waterhole but in the dry season all birds have to seek what little water there is. 



One of my favorite birds. Racket-tailed Treepies.....resident bird with a stunning plumage.



Abbott's Babbler


Try seeing a Large Scimitar Babbler outside of the water holes. Highly skulky species.




Asian Paradise Flycatcher 



Bar-backed Partridge with a lovely patterned plumage. 




Blue-bearded Bee-eater is a bird of the more open forest. 



White-browed Scimitar Babbler just seem to love water. Kept coming every 10 minutes for hours on end. 



Large Wood Shrike is not often seen at the waterhole.

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