Monday, 21 September 2009

DAY 11 PART 2

At Ban Maka watch out in the restaurant theres this over eager Oriental Pied Hornbill that swoops in off the kitchen roof just as you're tucking into your noodle soup.
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....
Then as the light really started togo an adult RED LEGGED CRAKE appeared followed by 4 young five minutes later, all took a bath together less than 4m away from us, unbelievable stuff.

Video of the adult (female?) Red legged Crake taking a bath, the flashes are from the Thai paparazzi...

video

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).

Birding highlights
RED LEGGED CRAKE
COLLARED SCOPS OWL trees by the restaurant
INDIAN ROLLER en route
SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN
PUFF-THROATED BABBLER
TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER
ttfn...BFB



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