Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mae Ping National Park

On the 21st and 22nd we spent a day and a half birding at Mae Ping National Park, spending all our time along the road to the Tung Kik campsite and around the campsite. Despite the forest being very dry and much of it having been burnt through, we did eventually catch up with most of the parks specialities. The star bird for both Fred and Marian was a very obliging Red-billed Blue Magpie (one of six seen) which fed in fruiting trees at the campsite and then on the ground just a few feet in front of us. Other favourites included a pair of Collared Falconet and several Black-headed Woodpecker feeding along the roadside.

Other woodpeckers recorded included 2 White-bellied, Greater Yellownape, Common and Greater Flameback and a Great Slaty. At least 100 Grey-headed Parakeet were seen along with at least 6 Blossom-headed in scrub beyond the campsite.

Other species noted included 5 Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Oriental Turtle Dove, Burmese Shrike, 4 Rufous Treepie, 6 Rosy Minivet, 4 Small Minivet, Large Woodshrikes and 2 Burmese Nuthatch.

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