Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kaeng Krachan National Park Day 5 - 27th May 2010

Kaeng Krachan National Park Birding Holiday - last day

Time past so fast. I woke up with heavy heart. Today is the last day of this birding holiday. I still bears the hopes that it will end in climax of seeing and photograph the Khalij Pheasant’s family. After breakfast I walked to the choice of my bird hide that are made available at Barn SongNok. Set my camera behind the hide, blend to the environment and wait in silence.

The camera start to put in action with a lone Puff-Throated Babbler appear for morning bath.

This bird bath attracted a few of others species as well.

A Brown Cheeked Fulvetta.
A male Black-Naped Monarch.

At about 7:45am I noticed behind the scrub some slow movements of a chestnut looking character. OOOh must be the Crake. Noticed 2 birds. Quickly change and tune the right setting to wait for this 2 shy bird to flush out in the open. Have program my mind that when the birds walked out in open first thing is to look at it’s leg. This is due to there are two quite similar looking bird the Slaty Legged Crake and the Red-Legged Crake.

Oh.. It has a pair of red leg..

We noted these 2 Red-Legged Crake came for this bird bath yesterday evening. This morning we noticed that they did 3 round of bird bath. I do wonder why crake practice such a level of cleanliness? I doubt that they are great swimmers based with the fact that they don’t have webbed feet. Somehow they favour wet areas. In my previous encounter with Slaty-Legged Crake at Kuala Selangor Nature Park, I do noticed that Crake somehow when they saw a pool of water, the very things that they will do is bathing.

After the dip it will quickly flush back to the forest.

The Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush

The Greater Racket Tailed Drongo also did it’s bird bath.

Streaked Eared Bulbul

The male Black-Naped Monarch came again.

So does the Brown Cheeked Fulvetta

Striped-Throated Bulbul

White-Rumped Shama Juvenile
As the action of bird bath has died off. I move away to another spot noted of a Tickell Blue Flycatcher, a few Streaked-Eared Bulbul. Suddenly a big Black Bird swoop in.. OOOh the appearance of a Southern Pied Hornbill.

It is about noon time. It is time that we should bid farewell and promise ourselves that will make another trip again to Kaeng Krachan. There are still alot to see at this largest Thailand national park.

On the way we stop over at Visitor Complex for a while, to look out for Black-Collared Starling. It is a very hot mid-day and there aren't any sign of birds. I discovered that the Souvenier shops at visitor complex is worth to drop in to source some souveniers.

We discovered these nice decent accomodation apposite the visitor complex.

This chalet cost 1,200 baht regardless of peak or non-peak season.
This chalet can fit 4 guest. It is with attached bathroom, tiles flooring, very clean.
I have a good enjoyable and memorable birding trip with my birding mates Mr Lam and Mam. Thank you very much for your company. The jokes and laughter we had, the delicious food, the lifers that I tick together with you all, the experience of only 3 of us walking up and down on the trail. All these I will always remember......

Birds sighted and heard for the day
Black-Naped Monarch
Red-Legged Crake
Stripe-Throated Bulbul
White-Rumped Shama
Puff-Throated Babbler
Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
Southern Pied Hornbill
Streaked-Eared Bulbul
Greater Racket Tailed Drongo
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Orange-Fronted Leafbird
Unidentified Raptor

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