Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Orange-breasted Trogon
Kaeng Krachan 
At dawn yesterday morning we entered Kaeng Krachan National Park and around 10 kilometers past the entrance gate, we were amazed when a Leopard walk across the road in front of the car. A short while after this we encounted a group of 15 Oriental Pied Hornbills sat in roadside trees. The rest of the morning was spent birding the road beyond the Bang Krang Campsite to the third stream and back.
Video by Uthai Cheummarung

The two White-fronted  Scops Owls were in their usual roost near the second stream and a little further along the road there was a group of 7 Tickell's Brown Hornbill.

Silver-breasted Broadbill
Kaeng Krachan

Throughout the morning we saw and heard Orange-breasted Trogon, with at least 10 recorded including a pair which showed down to a few feet right next to the track. We also all enjoyed excellent views of five Silver-breasted Broadbills in bamboo, where there was also a very brief male Pin-tailed Parrotfinch. An excellent selection of species was seen during the rest of the morning including single White-browed Piculet, Greater Yellownape, Common Flameback, Streak-breasted Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Dollarbird, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Drongo Cuckoo, 2 Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Emerald Ground Dove, Asian-barred Owlet, 2 Golden-crested Myna, 3 Sultan Tit, 4 Radde's Warbler, 4 Sulphur-breasted Warbler and 4 Ruby-cheeked Sunbird.

Dusky Langur
Kaeng Krachan

Other mammals recorded included amazing views of a group of White-handed Gibbons including a female with a tiny baby swinging between trees over the track and many Dusky Langurs.

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