Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kaeng Krachan National Park

male Kalij Pheasant
We have just spent five nights at Kaeng Krachan National Park, based at the excellent and well organised Baan Makka Resort. Birding in the park was very slow for the time of year and like others present, we struggled to find many birds, the resort grounds and Lung Sin hide/waterhole were better. We spent two full days and a morning in the park where best birds a male Kalij Pheasant, 4 Greater Flameback, 2 Laced Woodpecker, 2 Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, 7 Tickell's Brown Hornbill, 2 Blue-bearded Bee-eater, single Violet and Asian Emerald Cuckoo, 20 Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Black Baza, Grey-faced Buzzard, calling Banded and Long-tailed Broadbills, Grey-chinned Minivets, 9 Eye-browed Thrush, 3 Dark-sided Flycatcher, 9 Hill and 4 Golden-crested Myna and 3 Sultan Tit.
female Kalij Pheasant

Bar-backed Partridge
Red Junglefowl
Green-legged Partridge
We spent a full day in Lung Sin hide which was excellent for game birds with a pair of Kalij Pheasants amazing views of up to 6 Bar-backed and 10 Green-legged Partridge and at least 25 Red Junglefowl. Other birds which came into drink and feed included 2 Large and one White-browed Scimiter Babbler, 5 Siberian Blue Robin, 15 Brown -cheeked Fulvetta, 10 Greater and 5 Lesser-necklaced Laughingthrush, 3 Tickell's Blue Flycatcher and 2 Abbott's Babblers.      

Large Scimiter Babbler
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Species noted around Bann Makka resort and their bird table included Orange-headed Thrush, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, 2 Cinnamon and 2 Yellow Bittern, Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, numerous Oriental Pied Hornbill, Large Woodshrike and several Bronze-winged Jacana.

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Duirng an afternoon at Bann Song we saw Greater-necklaced Laughingthrush, 4 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, Siberian Blue Robin, roosting Large-tailed Nightjar in the garden and heard what was probably a Slaty-legged Crake calling from the forest.  

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