Sunday, 27 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Staying at the delightful Rabiang Rua Beach Resort (yes I know we've still not unpacked the tent) the BFB birded the surrounding area which was made up of a vast labyrinth of salt pans, seashore, mangrove and endless mud.
The shear variety and numbers of waders plus Egrets etc is outstanding a must stop if you're ever en route down the peninsular.
The other famous place just down the road from Pak Thale is the sand bar called Lam Pak Bia. Below a photo looking towards (west) the coastal mangroves from LPB. This place can only be reached by hiring a boat from the local dock. Checkout Nick Uptons website...http://www.thaibirding.com/ for directions etc. This is the prime site for White-fronted Plover and even the boatmen will give you a hand searching.
The Bare-faced Birders in typical pose...Gregsy doing the hard work and Pod posing for the camera and not a leech in sight...bliss!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Having settled in at this superb accommodation and joined the image gatherers (4 Thais) in the restaurant to watch them photograph several Orange bellied Flowerpeckers with their paparazzi like lenses. We were informed of the hide in the 'jungle' that had an evening crake show not to be missed....Crake!! oh yes a RED LEGGED CRAKE with 4 young. This we had to see. So donning our mossy/leech gear the BFB entered the hide overlooking a small puddle in the 'jungle' and waited...and waited...two hours later then a movement in the dimming light a Puff-throated Babbler came in for a bath followed by this female Sibe Blue Robin....
View of the lake that Ban Maka backs onto, great place to dump the misses while you bird Kaeng Krachan N.P.(when its not closed).
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Leaving Hua Hin behind we headed North West and into the mountains adjacent to the Burmese border. After what seemed like ages via some dubious directional road signs (through a new reservoir!) we arrived at what we thought would be are next birding location namely Kaeng Krachan National Park, only to find it closed due to the 'wet' season...bu**er!!!
Fate was at hand though and a quick detour had us pulling up at the delightful birding/photographers guesthouse of Ban Maka http://www.banmaka.com/index.html
An evening visit to Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park just down the road provided a welcome change to the jungle and a boost to the trip list. A plethora of waders was on view at this migration refuelling hotspot with a case of deja'vue below.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
We also hired a small tuk-tuk from Avis...
Both being dedicated jungleites we split up and did our own thing each day only meeting up for lunch at the restaurant by the HQ...I recommend the 'khao phat gai' washed down with a cool Singha Beer...nice!
Habitat shot showing the huge stands of bamboo that dominate the forest interior plus the very full 'stream' after yet more over night rain.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Excuse the quality but he was over 500m away and I was shaking with excitement.
BARE-FACED BULBUL 10+
SOOTY BABBLER 6
BLUE WHISTLING THRUSH
Total number of species seen in Lao - 84
Trip Report on Surfbirds...http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=1694
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Downside - chainsaws competing with cicadas in the most 'unwanted noise competition.'The Sooty Babbler climbing wall stakeout at km.36
A late afternoon ramble round the local paddie fields adds a few ticks to the trip list including a short tailed version of Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius scach scach???) but yet again its a blank day.
Black shouldered Kite
Large tailed Nightjar
Spot necked Babbler
Rufous throated Fulvetta
White browed Piculet
Chesnut bellied Nuthatch
Southern/Eastern Jungle Crow?
Dawn finds us once again up the Weather Station Trail in search of that elusive Woodpecker but to no avail it's cicada city and a bird free zone.Pod coincidently felt at home in this pristine forest and climbed several trees in search of Woody.
The BFB live in action, video showing the trail in the forest beyond the Weather Staion Trail...
After some well earned chillout time we once again went birding Gregsy did the Temple Trail and Pod the Waterfall Trail. Late afternoon though was not the best time to be out as the temperature was touching 85'f and the humidity 90% (well it felt that way) not a new bird was added to the trip list and Pod couldn't even find the Waterfall...time for a BeerLao me thinks.
Mountain Hawk Eagle
Mountain Scops Owl
Red headed Trogon
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Yellow bellied Warbler
White crested Laughingthrush
Monday, 7 September 2009
The Bare-faced Birders living upto their name....Mr Universe watchout!!!
Jungle birding does have its down side and the enemy lay in wait at every corner...
Gregsy got a sock full....nice!
We retraced our steps and after a well earned shower hit the town! for a noodle soup and Lao Beer...we slept well that night, having just successfully twitched two of the most rarest birds on the planet...it doesn't get much better than this, roll on tomorrow.
BARE-FACED BULBUL 12+ (further individuals seen along the road down to km.35)
SOOTY BABBLER 4
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Orange Breasted Trogon
Green backed Tit
and theres more to come so ttfn...BFB
On reaching km35 we encountered (ie. got close to) the amazing limestone rock formations that this area is famous for (and the Chinese want to quarry!!!) and began our second search of the day and it was still only 9.00am but the temperature was already 80'f. No stopping the Bare-faced Birders though as four SOOTY BABBLERS showed well but briefly on the limestone cliffs right by the roadside. Annoyingly we were unable to get any piccies as the group moved through quickly in the shadows of the overhanging trees. Then shortly afterwards this Green-backed Tit looked strangely out of place as it pecked at insects on the weird looking Karst formation.
FIRST EVER VIDEO ON THE WEB OF BARE-FACED BULBUL...