2. Take Highway 107 (chiangmai - fang) and drive about six kilometres past Chiang Dao district. Turn left at Muang Ngai T-junction and drive on Highways 1178 and 1340 to the centre. Alternatively, from Chiang Mai take any public bus bound for Fang district and get off at Mae Kha market and hire a songthaew or motorcycle to Doi Angkhang. Due to the road heading up to this hill stations have alot lot hair-pin bends, a good experienced driver is required besides a good condition of vehicles. I do recall that most of the time we travel for at least 25 mins on gear one.
Behind of the Royal Project restaurant does not seems to fail to be visited by the migrants thrushes. This is one of it. Besides this Scaly Thrush the Black Breasted Thrush is also here. According to the restaurant manager this year they arrived after Christmas week. This Scaly Thrush think that it's appearance is quite camouflaged therefore when it feels quite confidence with the surrounding it would comes out from it's hide. Besides this Scaly Thrush we bump into a bird photographer friend from Singapore. I do wonder why we need to travel that far to met up with each other. Singapore and KL is just 4 hrs car drive. Scaly Thrush is indeed having a very camouflaged feathers it blends well with the dried leaves. If it was without movement it is quite hard to trace it. It comes down to the ground to feeds. I did try others trail near our bungalow on 14th evening maybe due to it is quite open forest we saw no birds but we enjoyed the walk around this beautiful place. Aiyah... that moments I do wonder I thought why everyone says Doi Angkhang is it one of the must to visit places for birders.. Am I at the right places.. ? why see no birds ...? This is one of it's favourite branch perched
Aaaah... hill prinia finaly.. this is one of my wanted birds to see.
Formerly treated as a subspecies of Common/African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus. Now considered a full species with subspecies maurus, stejnegeri, variegatus, armenicus, indicus, przewalskii Refs: Wittmann, U., Heidrich, P., Wink, M. & Gwinner, E., (1995) Speciation in the Stonechat Saxicola torquata inferred from nucleotide sequences of the cytochrome-b gene. Journal of Zoological Systematics & Evolutionary Research 33, 3 (1995): 116-122. Urquhart, E. (2002) Stonechats: A Guide to the Genus "Saxicola". London: Christopher Helm.
pg 131 Stonechats published by Helm Indentification Guides
The common stonechat Saxicola torquata should be treated as 3 species. European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola, Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura and African Stonechat Saxicola torquata...
This is the Red-faced Liochila... birds at Doi Angkhang normally perched far from human. A record shots also can makes do lah. Besides those as I mentioned we also have this Sooty-Headed Bulbul. We have flocks of Silver-Eared Mesia as well.. But this flocks of Silver-Eared Mesia got us no interest on them..well can catch up with them at our montane forest in Malaysia Lau Lein....lau lein again... This is our second Daurian Redstart.. we first have this at Doi Inthanon. This spp is in our wanted list. For this we need to track a trail down to the valley near Barn Nor Lae. A few of us are rewarded with a flocks of Eye-Browed Thrush feeding on this fruiting trees. Thrushes are by nature very shy. We spotted them but once they saw some movements they flocks to another spot. We waited hide ourselves some distance away find a tree trunck to block out apperance, with less movements and for some moments of no conversations to wait for them to resurface again. Just the time we are about to give up.. Jason whisper...get ready they are coming back.
Well not one bird but a small flocks.. I only can capture 2 of them :-( This another looks of at them. Grey Bushat can be treated as a trash birds here nearly every corner you would see them.
Hei what is that bird that makes such calls.. Grey treepie ??? One of the teammate shouted looks the GREAT BARBET.... sighting of this birds make me jump for joy.. Lucky we makes our decision to come back here again. We scan at this dried tree and we spotted a Raptors. These birds are very far and that moments of our sightings is quite cool and misty.. Based on the posture of the perched of the raptor we suspect it is the Common Buzzard.
Little Bunting is also there.
Golden Throated Barbet enjoy it's meal at this fruiting tree. As we steps nearer to this tree, it hide behind the leaves.. Birds here in this Doi is more shy than in Doi Inthanon.. We have Giant Nuthatch, Chestnut Vented Nuthatch, flocks of Grey Cheeked Fulveta, Great Tit and a number of confusing Warblers.