Thursday, January 24, 2013

Peafowl and Parakeets

On the 16th we left Chiang Dao and headed towards Doi Inthanon National Park, on the way we stopped at Hua Hong Krai Royal Project just outside Chiang Mai to look for Green Peafowl. Very soon after arriving we located two male Green Peafowl just outside the small zoo, as soon as they saw us one sprinted off into the forest, whilst the other flew across the nearby lake. Additional birds in the forest included a male Hainan Blue Flycatcher, several Greater-racket Tailed Treepie and Black-naped Monarch.  High over one of the lakes was a group of 8 Black Baza and a displaying Crested Serpent Eagle.

After an excellent lunch in Chiang Mai we headed to Doi Inthanon National Park and checked into the very average Touch Star Resort, from where we headed to the nearby Blossom-headed Parakeet roost. After 30 minutes we had heard several and one of the group had seen two zip over, but at around 530pm we located a small group settled in distant trees, over the next 30 minutes numbers swelled to at least 20 before all disappeared to roost. Also in the area was a single Eastern Buzzard, Rufous-winged Buzzard, two distant Collared Falconets, 4 Rufous Treepie, 5 Linneated Barbets, 50 Striated Swallow, Hoopoe, White-rumped Shama and at least 9 Purple Sunbirds in a flowering tree.

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