Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spoon-billed Sandpiper November 2017



There are so so many things that have to come together for certain images to happen as is the case of this set of pix. 

!. The miracle of having access to a small population of wintering Spoon-billed Sandpiper in relative closeness to Bangkok.
2. Finding the birds in the midst of thousands of other shorebirds.
3. Having the time and money to get to the place.
4. Being aware of the tidal schedule.
5. Decent if not good weather.
6. Having the camera gear to take the picture.
7. Knowing how to operate your camera.
8. Having good relations with the workers of the salt pans so as to not wear out your welcome.
9. Preferably no other people around in order to best approach the birds.
10. The blessing of God probably should be on top of the list though! 

So, on our way back towards Bangkok we wanted to stop by Paktaley for another try at the Spoonies having seen them a day earlier. Weather was not the best with drizzling rain being a constant.
About 5 km before our spot the drizzle ceased. It was still very gloomy and clouds looming.
Birds were scattered all over the place. We decided to remain in the car in the hope of finding the Spoonies in a nearby pan. And we did! For the next half an hour or more we worked our cameras till batteries died. It was not easy in the light given and somehow the birds never got as close as one would want. Still, we were treated to a real show and felt extremely blessed! 









Monday, October 16, 2017

Wilson's Bird of Paradise!

 It finally happened! 10 days of birding on West Papua with a team of 5 Norwegians, 1 Swiss and one Indian. It truly was a milestone of a birding endeavor and something I will never forget. The main focus was on Birds of Paradise and we saw several. This one, Wilson's BOP, an endemic from the island of Waigeo performed wonderfully! 

It was so interesting to see how hard the male worked to attract a female. He would clean up his mating area making sure it was suitable for a lady. He would dance around his pole. He let out the loudest of calls. And when the female showed up he eventually got 'down on his knees' in admiration of her presence while 'begging' for her approval!






 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Phylloscs

Time for some fun LBJ's (Little Brown Jobs)..

Dusky Warbler ...Phylloscopus fuscatus
Radd'es Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi

During mid winter these birds inhabit different habit zones. During migration they may overlap.

Dusky has a strong preference to mangroves, scrub near water causes.
It has a soft but sharp tick call that is easy to ID.
The bill is smaller and the bird is slightly smaller then Radde's as well.

Radde's has more color to it, looks chunkier and with a stronger bill. The supercilium is stronger and slightly bordered darker above. The call is a chuck with more strength then Dusky but not as intense.
Most often found in forested areas near to forest breaks.


Dusky Warbler

Radde's Warbler

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Owls of Sweden

Tawny Owl

Long-eared Owl
 During a 4 weeks visit to Sweden in May/June 2018 I had the opportunity to visit several friends and relatives. I had a secret wish for this visit and that was to see owls as I had previously only seen Tawny Owl.

Through the help of these friends and details posted online plus my own birding I was able to add another 6 species to my collection.

All these owls were seen during day hours as well making it possible to photograph them in good light.

I have yet to see Snowy Owl, Barn Owl and Little
 Owl  in Sweden so there is reason to look for more in the future.















 Great Gray Owl

Northern Hawk Owl












Short-eared Owl

Ural Owl

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brown Prinia

Back in 2001 I got a picture of a Brown Prinia at Nam Nao National Park. It was the 1st image to be uploaded to www.orientalbirdimages.org of the species. I haven't seen this bird ever since. It has a limited presence in Thailand and is seldom seen on regular birding trips.

This time I hoped to get on to the bird again. It was very quiet to be honest but I did find a pair. I recorded the birds and stayed with them for a while learning their various sounds. Contact call, alarm call and territorial song.
http://www.xeno-canto.org/384875
http://www.xeno-canto.org/384876


The birds dont have any obvious supercilium as opposed to Rufescent Prinia. There also is nothing white on the tail. Easiest quick way to ID is through vocalizations. 


It was very difficult to get pictures as they kept on the move and often obscured by vegetation. In the end I got something to show for even though I forgot to extend my lens to its full 400mm and instead shot at 248. Grr!






Saturday, May 6, 2017

Vietnam March 2017

Vietnam 14-21st of March 2017

This was a long overdue trip. For various reasons I had not visited Vietnam previously but this time everything seemed just right.

My friend Stijn de Win and I left from Bangkok to Ho Chi Min with Airasia.  Less than 2 hours away we landed in a modern airport.

Getting luggage and going through immigrations was a breeze. Our prearranged agent was waiting for us with transportation and soon we were on the roads of Ho Chi Min. Lots of both motorbikes and cars made it slow to get out of town but once out we find ourselves on a new multiple lane highway we whisked through the landscape.

Once off the highway the road was more crowded but still nicely paved and we arrived to Cat Tien National Park just after noon.

We stayed at spacious AC accommodations inside the park where there also was a restaurant with good food and plenty of cold beers.

A lot of the birds here are the same as in Thailand so I recognized a lot of the sounds. But the reason for coming here does not occur in Thailand: Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pittas. Both these species are pretty common around HQ. Our guide had arranged for us the use of a couple of hides for the purpose of photographing the aforementioned Pittas. This worked out wonderfully! We even had a Germain’s Peacock Pheasant,Siamese Firebacks and Slaty-legged Crake show at the hide.

Blue-rumped Pitta

Bar-bellied Pitta



Germain's Peacock Pheasant
Siamese Firback
Slaty-legged Crake



We did some conventional birding as well along the one road from our stay which took us through a variety of habitats. Indian Peafowl, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Black-red Broadbill, Orange-necked Partridges, Violet Cuckoo and Grey-faced Tit Babbler being some of the better ones.

3 nights at Cat Tien and it was time for a drive to Dalat in the highlands. Again the roads were not at all what people had told me and we found ourselves in the highland in time for some afternoon birding inspite of leaving Cat Tien around 10:30.

From Dalat town we visited 3 or 4 different sites in search of the many special birds up here. There are many endemic and near endemic birds in the area. Dalat is at 1500m asl and had lovely temperatures ranging between 16-27C. The city has a French colonial architecture, often with wide streets in the rolling pine covered hills surrounding the city.

The food was excellent. Something in between Thai and Chinese. Lots of fresh vegetables as well as generous portions of meat. Both Stijn and myself are used to Asian dining so we had an assortment of dishes between us.

The birding was as good as hoped. My own targets were Collared and Orange-breasted Laughingthrushes and again our local guide knew exactly where we should wait for them.

An array of other great birds: White-cheeked, Black-hooded Laughingthrushes, Grey-capped Black-throated Tit, Indochinese and Necklaced Barbet, Klossi, White-spectacled and Grey-cheeked Warbler, Indochinese Wren Babbler, Grey-bellied Tesias, Grey-crowned Crocias, Dalat Shrike Babbler, Blue-winged Minla, Clicking Shrike Babbler, Lesser Shortwing, Vietnamese Cutia, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Black-headed Sibia, Green-backed Tit, Long-tailed Broadbill  to name a few.
Vietnames Red Crossbill

Vietnamese Greenfinch
Collared Laughingthrush



4 nights at Dalat and a short flight back to Ho Chi Min where I boarded a plane back to Bkk.

My 4 main targets had all been photographed. I had seen 21 new species and had a jolly good time in a birding pace of my own. The Dalat high plateau is a magnificent hot spot for birding. No where else on mainland SEA can so many endemics be found.
Orange-breasted Laughingthrush

White-throated Rock Thrush, fem

Slaty-bellied Tesia



Thanks to Stijn for being a good companion and thanks to Tim D for all the hard labour involved in making it run smooth.

Pictures of birds are  found here: http://www.pbase.com/peterericsson/birdsofvietnam

Chinese Francolin
Francolinus pintadeanus
Rufous-throated Partridge
Arborophila rufogularis
Orange-necked Partridge
Arborophila davidi
Green-legged Partridge
Arborophila chloropus
Red Junglefowl
Gallus gallus
Siamese Fireback
Lophura diardi
Germain's Peacock-Pheasant
Polyplectron germaini
Green Peafowl
Pavo muticus
Little Grebe
Tachybaptus ruficollis
Woolly-necked Stork
Ciconia episcopus
Lesser Adjutant
Leptoptilos javanicus
Cinnamon Bittern
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
Striated Heron
Butorides striata
Chinese Pond Heron
Ardeola bacchus
Eastern Cattle Egret
Bubulcus coromandus
Great Egret
Ardea alba
Little Egret
Egretta garzetta
Oriental Darter
Anhinga melanogaster
Crested Honey Buzzard
Pernis ptilorhynchus
Crested Serpent Eagle
Spilornis cheela
Black Eagle
Ictinaetus malaiensis
Crested Goshawk
Accipiter trivirgatus
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Haliaeetus leucogaster
Slaty-legged Crake
Rallina eurizonoides
White-breasted Waterhen
Amaurornis phoenicurus
Red-wattled Lapwing
Vanellus indicus
Rock Dove
Columba livia
Spotted Dove
Spilopelia chinensis
Common Emerald Dove
Chalcophaps indica
Zebra Dove
Geopelia striata
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon
Treron bicinctus
Green Imperial Pigeon
Ducula aenea
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Ducula badia
Greater Coucal
Centropus sinensis
Lesser Coucal
Centropus bengalensis
Green-billed Malkoha
Phaenicophaeus tristis
Violet Cuckoo
Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Cacomantis sonneratii
Plaintive Cuckoo
Cacomantis merulinus
Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
Surniculus dicruroides
Asian Barred Owlet
Glaucidium cuculoides
Brown Hawk-Owl
Ninox scutulata
Great Eared Nightjar
Lyncornis macrotis
Germain's Swiftlet
Aerodramus germani
Silver-backed Needletail
Hirundapus cochinchinensis
House Swift
Apus nipalensis
Orange-breasted Trogon
Harpactes oreskios
Red-headed Trogon
Harpactes erythrocephalus
Oriental Dollarbird
Eurystomus orientalis
Banded Kingfisher
Lacedo pulchella
White-throated Kingfisher
Halcyon smyrnensis
Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Nyctyornis athertoni
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Anthracoceros albirostris
Lineated Barbet
Psilopogon lineatus
Green-eared Barbet
Psilopogon faiostrictus
Necklaced Barbet
Psilopogon auricularis
Indochinese Barbet
Psilopogon annamensis
Blue-eared Barbet
Psilopogon duvaucelii
Coppersmith Barbet
Psilopogon haemacephalus
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
Hemicircus canente
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Yungipicus canicapillus
Greater Yellownape
Chrysophlegma flavinucha
Common Flameback
Dinopium javanense
Bay Woodpecker
Blythipicus pyrrhotis
Rufous Woodpecker
Micropternus brachyurus
Great Slaty Woodpecker
Mulleripicus pulverulentus
Red-breasted Parakeet
Psittacula alexandri
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Loriculus vernalis
Black-and-red Broadbill
Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
Long-tailed Broadbill
Psarisomus dalhousiae
Blue-rumped Pitta
Hydrornis soror
Bar-bellied Pitta
Hydrornis elliotii
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Hemipus picatus
Large Woodshrike
Tephrodornis virgatus
Ashy Woodswallow
Artamus fuscus
Common Iora
Aegithina tiphia
Great Iora
Aegithina lafresnayei
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Coracina melaschistos
Swinhoe's Minivet
Pericrocotus cantonensis
Grey-chinned Minivet
Pericrocotus solaris
Long-tailed Minivet
Pericrocotus ethologus
Scarlet Minivet
Pericrocotus speciosus
Brown Shrike
Lanius cristatus
Burmese Shrike
Lanius collurioides
White-bellied Erpornis
Erpornis zantholeuca
Dalat Shrike-Babbler
Pteruthius annamensis
Clicking Shrike-Babbler
Pteruthius intermedius
Black-naped Oriole
Oriolus chinensis
Black-hooded Oriole
Oriolus xanthornus
Maroon Oriole
Oriolus traillii
Ashy Drongo
Dicrurus leucophaeus
Bronzed Drongo
Dicrurus aeneus
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Dicrurus remifer
Hair-crested Drongo
Dicrurus hottentottus
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Dicrurus paradiseus
White-throated Fantail
Rhipidura albicollis
Black-naped Monarch
Hypothymis azurea
Oriental Paradise Flycatcher
Terpsiphone affinis
Eurasian Jay
Garrulus glandarius
Common Green Magpie
Cissa chinensis
Racket-tailed Treepie
Crypsirina temia
Large-billed Crow
Corvus macrorhynchos
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Culicicapa ceylonensis
Green-backed Tit
Parus monticolus
Black-headed Bulbul
Pycnonotus atriceps
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Pycnonotus aurigaster
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Flavescent Bulbul
Pycnonotus flavescens
Streak-eared Bulbul
Pycnonotus conradi
Puff-throated Bulbul
Alophoixus pallidus
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Iole propinqua
Mountain Bulbul
Ixos mcclellandii
Black Bulbul
Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow
Cecropis daurica
Mountain Tailorbird
Phyllergates cuculatus
Grey-bellied Tesia
Tesia cyaniventer
Black-throated Bushtit
Aegithalos concinnus
Yellow-browed Warbler
Phylloscopus inornatus
Two-barred Warbler
Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus tenellipes
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus borealoides
Kloss's Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus ogilviegranti
White-spectacled Warbler
Seicercus affinis
Hill Prinia
Prinia superciliaris
Rufescent Prinia
Prinia rufescens
Yellow-bellied Prinia
Prinia flaviventris
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Orthotomus atrogularis
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus schisticeps
Grey-throated Babbler
Stachyris nigriceps
Rufous-capped Babbler
Stachyridopsis ruficeps
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Macronus gularis
Grey-faced Tit-Babbler
Macronus kelleyi
Mountain Fulvetta
Alcippe peracensis
Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler
Jabouilleia danjoui
Abbott's Babbler
Malacocincla abbotti
Puff-throated Babbler
Pellorneum ruficeps
Buff-breasted Babbler
Pellorneum tickelli
White-crested Laughingthrush
Garrulax leucolophus
Black-hooded Laughingthrush
Garrulax milleti
White-cheeked Laughingthrush
Garrulax vassali
Orange-breasted Laughingthrush
Garrulax annamensis
Collared Laughingthrush
Trochalopteron yersini
Vietnamese Cutia
Cutia legalleni
Silver-eared Mesia
Leiothrix argentauris
Grey-crowned Crocias
Crocias langbianis
Rufous-backed Sibia
Heterophasia annectans
Black-headed Sibia
Heterophasia desgodinsi
Black-headed Parrotbill
Psittiparus margaritae
Asian Fairy-bluebird
Irena puella
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Sitta nagaensis
Yellow-billed Nuthatch
Sitta solangiae
Golden-crested Myna
Ampeliceps coronatus
Common Hill Myna
Gracula religiosa
Vinous-breasted Starling
Acridotheres burmannicus
Black-collared Starling
Gracupica nigricollis
Chestnut-tailed Starling
Sturnia malabarica
Green Cochoa
Cochoa viridis
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Copsychus saularis
White-rumped Shama
Copsychus malabaricus
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Muscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Muscicapa dauurica
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Cyornis tickelliae
Large Niltava
Niltava grandis
Blue-and-white Flycatcher
Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Verditer Flycatcher
Eumyias thalassinus
Lesser Shortwing
Brachypteryx leucophris
Siberian Rubythroat
Calliope calliope
White-tailed Robin
Myiomela leucura
Blue Whistling Thrush
Myophonus caeruleus
Taiga Flycatcher
Ficedula albicilla
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
Ficedula hyperythra
Blue Rock Thrush
Monticola solitarius
White-throated Rock Thrush
Monticola gularis
Stejneger's Stonechat
Saxicola stejnegeri
Grey Bush Chat
Saxicola ferreus
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
Dicaeum ignipectus
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Dicaeum cruentatum
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
Chalcoparia singalensis
Brown-throated Sunbird
Anthreptes malacensis
Van Hasselt's Sunbird
Leptocoma brasiliana
Olive-backed Sunbird
Cinnyris jugularis
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird
Aethopyga gouldiae
Little Spiderhunter
Arachnothera longirostra
Streaked Spiderhunter
Arachnothera magna
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
White-rumped Munia
Lonchura striata
Grey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
Richard's Pipit
Anthus richardi
Olive-backed Pipit
Anthus hodgsoni
Vietnamese Greenfinch
Chloris monguilloti
Red Crossbill
Loxia curvirostra

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Flycatcher mix up



Here are two birds often mixed up.

1st is a Pale Blue Flycatcher.....this bird prefers to perch inside the shades of the forest and I have not seen it on an open exposed branch.......
http://www.xeno-canto.org/213578

2nd is Verditer Flycatcher which is a much more commonly seen bird as it is often seen perched in the open.
http://www.xeno-canto.org/255731

Both birds are widely distributed in SEA and South Asia.
They dont belong to the same genus. Pale Blue being a cyornis and Verditer part of the much smaller group of Eumyias..













Both pix from Bhutan

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Banded Kingfisher


 Banded Kingfisher is one of those 'must see' birds in the forests of tropical SEA. It likes to sit motionless in upper or mid story level and is most frequently detected by its diagnostic call.

The male is lovely blue, brown, white and adorned with a strikingly red bill.

The birds like to raise its crown though I have no idea as to why except for the obvious beautifying aspect.






The female is all brown making it look like a different species.

These birds do not feed on fish but lizzards, frogs, scorpions, chicadas etc etc.

This pair was nesting and so I was able to get some shots at a decent range.

The nest was inside of an abandoned ball shaped ant nest.

Friday, March 31, 2017

New wader for me!

At around 11:10 am 29th of March, 2017,  Nick Upton graciously posted a finding of Oriental Plover on a secluded beach 3 hours drive  from my home. Now this is a top top bird and very difficult to see in Thailand. I thought of my options and by 11:30 had decided to go…..at 11:45 it unexpectedly started to rain hard with strong winds. Having had weird weather for a few days it served as a damper on my enthusiasm.

Then after lunch my wife reminded me I had to take our youngest son to the  Embassy the following morning. Ouch, what to do but to take it on the chin!

I kept thinking of the bird throughout the day and kept getting,  ‘who is kept by the Word of God and prayer’. Now that is a Scripture which might not be specific about a bird but it kept coming to me and I started to think I should give it a go after the Embassy visit.  As usual  God speaks in a still small voice, an inner conviction or a hint. Rarely is the voice yelling nor is he bashing me on the head unless I am really in need of it. Ha!

The last Oriental Plover I knew of in Thailand only stayed for a morning. What about this one?

After the morning business I started driving reminding myself of this encouraging passage. I still had to battle the many ifs and but’s but I felt pretty assured. 

I also did however recall there was one Oriental Plover a couple of years back hanging on for longer near Changi Airport in Singapore which was encouraging.

To find the place I employed the services of Lady Google Map….boy did she ever take me for a ride…..backroads, small fishing villages, dead ends etc etc……annoying to say the least…
Finally at about 12:30 I arrived at Pranburi Forest Park. Never knew it existed. It looked a lot like Vanakorn beach further South and sported not only a nice beach but also shady trees and a few restaurants. Ah, well, very eager to get on to the bird (even skipped lunch, very unusual for me)….I quickly grabbed my gear without changing into more relaxed clothing.

At first I saw nothing but then scoping the beach  I got eyes on the birds  a bit of a distance down the beach, 4-500m, and it was sweltering hot. No cap, no water, dress shirt and pants, away I walked on the sandy beach. Ha!

Again using the scope I could see a bunch of waders, perhaps 50……….there, one larger one, my heart skipped a beat, oh, no, a Pacific Plover, and another and another….many Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers….and then….YES, the Oriental Plover standing graciously and seemingly oblivious to the commotion its presence was causing in my life and surely the life of many others.

First things first, got great scope views as I moved closer and closer to undo the heat waves.
What a slender and elegant looking bird. Long legs, long neck, longish pointed bill, elongated, so different and yet similar to the other plovers in many ways.

I then started to photograph it and worked my way closer. It never nudged, seemingly very comfortable with me being there as were all the other birds. I spent about 2 hours with the bird in baking midday sunlight.

It at times showed a little limp on one leg but it didn’t seem to hinder its movements.

Feeling very pleased I then made it back to my car and drove to Hoa Hin where I at 4 pm had my lunch/dinner in my favorite restaurant,  All in Hua Hin. Great western food, prepared properly and to an affordable price. Also picked up a couple of Fuller’s IPAs for later celebrations!

Thanks to Nick for sharing his finding so quickly. Much appreciated!




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Orange-breasted Laughingthrush



There are so many 'hidden' jewels inside the deep forests of the Earth. Our part is the digging, the seeking, the going, putting oneself in the situation to make things possible for the 'miracle to happen'!
I had 4 major targets for visiting Southern Vietnam and one of them was the Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, an endemic to South Annam. Having seen and photographed its closest relation, the Spot-breasted LT some years ago made this even more special.

Our local guide, Tim, had a spot where he knew the birds would frequent at times. We positioned us in a small hide and waited. Nothing showed till 8:30 so we set a 'deadline' at 9 am. At 8:55 the miracle happened! 

It was very dark so I had to shoot at ISO6400 with 1/40s shutter speed.

Orange-breasted Laughingthrush!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Petchaburi (Paktaley, Lampakbia and Kaengkrachan)



3 day trip to Petchaburi province
27-29th of Jan 2017


Every season seem to play out differently. Freelancing as a bird guide has many benefits. I get to go on all kinds of trips ranging from short day trips to 2-3 weeks long with groups of 10-12 persons.
Through all of that one has to learn to adapt to the many different styles of birding. Learn to take each person where they are at and how to add value to our time together. 

In December and January I have done several 3 days tours. One might think this is short but it is simply amazing how much can be seen and experienced in such a relative short time.
It is especially exhilarating for a 1st time visitor.

So on my last 3 day trip I went to pick up Orjan Larson, 71, and his 26 year old son, Jonatan.
Orjan was clearly excited as we met and freely shared his life with me as we drove from Bangkok towards Petchaburi. Orjan is a professional musician with a lifelong passion for birds. He had only birded once outside of Sweden prior to this but said he was highly motivated for a visit wanting to see Spoon-billed Sandpiper before it was too late. His son, Jonatan, is also a professional musician.
Jonatan had not been birding for several years but throughout our time together showed a keen interest. It was good to see father and son together in this manner.

We arrived midday to Paktaley and so decided to put our trust in the late afternoon for the Spoonie seeing it was high tide all day. Still we gave it a go and lo and behold the Spoonie gave a good appearance. During high tide the waders roost and feed on the salt pans as opposed to the mud flats during low tide. 

We kept seeing birds right and left and most were new for Orjan, thrilling his senses. As with most Swedish birders Orjan had a great appreciation for vocalizations and was often referring what he heard to similar sounds from his birding in Sweden. I was very happy to brush up on my Swedish.

Before lunch we did a brief stop to look for Asian Dowitchers and thankfully found a handful mixed in with Black-tailed Godwits.

The visit to the sandspit of Lampakbia went all well. I forget how exotic it must feel for a 1st time visitor to sail through the mangroves, watching the colorful local fishing boats and experience the tropical heat. At the spit we soon had viewed our targets: White-faced Plover, Malaysian Plover and Chinese Egret.
We got back to Paktaley around 16 pm and this time were able to spend long time in very good light with 3 different Spoonies. What a joy it was! We still managed to change location to view Nordmanns Greenshanks and these rare shorebirds also gave good views in the late afternoon light.

A good day ended with a delightful dinner at the ever so pleasant Baan Maka resort near Kaengkrachan National Park.

Day 2. There had been a slight drop in temperature and that along with clear skies invited us to a splendid morning. We simply parked ourselves at a hot spot and waited for birds to show. And show they did. Pied Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo, Black-naped Oriole, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Black-thighed Falconets, Coppersmith Barbet, Black-crested Bulbul, White-throated Kingfisher, Grey-faced Buzzard, Thick-billed Pigeon, Chestnut-breasted and Green-billed Malkoha to name a few.

As the day progressed we went for a walk in the thicker part of the tropical forest where butterflies are in abundance. Birds tend to be more scarce in here but each one is unique and so Brown Hornbill, Sultans Tit and Scarlet Minivet led the way for new exciting encounters. 

After a solid lunch inside the park we decided to leave the park for an experience at a permanent feeding station. We had booked ourselves at Baan Song Nok and found us in the blind by 2 pm.
Watching birds at close range and with prolonged views is always special. About 15 to 18  species graced us with their prescence. Barbacked and Scaly+breasted Partridges, Lesser and Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Black+naped Monarch, Racket+tailed Treepies etc. 

At around 5 pm we had seen the often late visitor Siberian Blue Robin so we felt we could leave the blind in favor for some birding along the road. 

It so happened that a large flock of Starlings had been seen in an area 5 minutes from where we were so we went there in hope for some good views.
A couple of hundred Chestnut-tailed Starlings was good but a handful of Spot-winged even better….however the best was a lone Chestnut-cheeked Starling which was a new bird for Thailand for me.
Another sumptuous meal with cold local beers followed. It is always fun to dine with people that appreciate the many flavors found in the Thai cuisine.

Day 3. We started out the morning birding along the access road to the entry point of the park. There are some very good scrub and open country birds here. After that we went back to bird at the grounds of our hotel which also hold a good number of birds. 

Lunch at a restaurant by Kaengkrachan dam never fails to hit the spot. 

More birding in the fields of Petchaburi where we kept seeing new species. This included Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Marsh Harrier and Black-shouldered Kite. 

Orjan and Jonatan were to meet up with David at Kor Chang the day after so we drove to Suwanaphum Airport where taxis are easy to get.

We recorded almost 180 species. List is available upon request. 

It had been a fun loving 3 days for all of us.