Sunday, 5 January 2014

Thailand Trip

Just back from an incredible 3 week self-organised/self-guided birding trip to Thailand.

I've got to check on some recent taxonomic changes but I think the trip total was 449 species, over 190 of these being new birds. The total includes some of the most impressive birds I've ever seen, e.g. Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Great Hornbill with a whole host of great birds such as Blue Pitta (seen), Eared Pitta (seen), Silver-breasted Broadbill, Giant Nuthatch, Chinese Egret, Ratchet-tailed Treepie and possibly one of the best birding spectacles I've seen  - c.500 harriers (mainly male Pied Harrier and Eastern Marsh Harrier) coming in to a roost site. Throw in a national rarity (Thailand's second ever Long-tailed Duck) and the tonnes of different waders, bee-eaters, warblers, flycatchers, chats, thrushes, woodpeckers, babblers and bulbuls and it was a good trip.

As an example, theses were (a few) of the highlights from a mornings birding on Doi Lang... male Ultramarine Flycatcher, Sapphire Flycatcher, male Himalayan Bluetail (and a few females/1st winters), male Red-flanked Bluetail (ditto), Golden Bush Robin, Blue-fronted Redstart, White-tailed Robin, Red-faced Liocichla, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Chestnut Thrush, White-gorgeted Flycatcher and 2 Sibe Rubythroat.... (note this is very much a shortened list of highlights, I could go on, it was a special day!!!)

The main sites visited included Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Petchaburi Rice Fields, Kaeng Krachan, Doi Inthanon, Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Lang and Chiang Saen with a few stop-offs on route to and from the main sites.

I've got a load of photos to sort through and will put together a trip report similar to my Malaysia trip report in March but will also post a few of the better/more interesting photos too.

male Himalayan Bluetail off back of my camera...


  1. Wow that is certainly an impressive number of bird species seen! Can't wait to see some more photos!

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