Friday, January 25, 2013

Doi Inthanon National Park

Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker 
Doi Inthanon

We spent the two and half days birding in Doi Inthanon National Park Jan 17th-19th, we largely concentrated on two main areas, we had two morning sessions around the summit marsh and adjacent forest, despite it being incredibly busy and noisy we managed some excellent birds. In addition to the previous mentioned Brambling, best birds here were Eurasian Woodcock, Dark-sided Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, White-browed Shortwing, Pallas's Warbler, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, at least one male Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker and a dozen Common Rosefinch. Common species included many Silver-eared Laughingthrush, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Dark-backed Sibia, Yellow-bellied FantailAshy-throated and Davison's Leaf Warbler, at least 50 Gould's and a dozen Green-tailed Sunbird.

Green-tailed Sunbird
Doi Inthanon

We also spent a considerable amount of time birding around the second checkpoint, alongside the road beyond and the jeeptrack. There were always plenty of birds around, with several Golden-throated Barbet, a Large Hawk Cuckoo, 3 Asian Emerald Cuckoo, 3 Maroon Oriole, both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Blue Whistling Thrush, at least 40 Eye-browed Thrush, Little Pied Flycatcher, 4 Large Niltava, 5 Rufous-bellied Niltava, 2 Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, 6 Yellow-cheeked Tit, 4 Striated Bulbul, 2 Slaty-bellied Tesia with many calling birds early mornings, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, many calling Pygmy Wren Babbler, Golden and Grey-throated Babbler, 4 Blue-winged Minla, 5 Spectacled Barwing, two Rufous-backed Sibia and a Chestnut-fronted Shrike Babbler. Also impressive were the huge numbers of Davison's Leaf Warblers present in forest around the area, with large feeding flocks regularly encounted and calling birds everywhere. 

Plumbeous Water Redstart
Doi Inthanon

White-capped Water Redstart
Doi Inthanon

On the way down the mountain, we made several stops at various waterfalls and added both White-capped  and Plumbeous Water Redstart to the trips list and enjoyed incredible views down to a few feet of three Scaly/White's Thrush.With the campsite ponds looking more like a construction site there was no sight or sound of any Black-tailed Crakes.

Scaly/White's Thrush
Doi Inthanon

All videos courtesy of Uthai Cheummarung

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