Sunday, 13 September 2009

DAY 6 TO DAY 9

From the birding delights of Lao we moved once again back over the Friendship Bridge and into Thailand for a three night stay at Nam Nao National Park. Being the wet season and midweek we arrived to find the park all to ourselves which meant first on the trails each morning...great!
There was a campsite and we did bring a tent but seeing as we're both celebrating our 50th's this year we settled for some dude accommodation instead...
Bare-faced Birders extreme Asia birding.....

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.


A male Bamboo Woodpecker goes to work on its favoured bit of timber.
Day 7 found us out of the forest and into the African Savannah like grassland habitat across the highway from the park HQ. We were searching for a Prinia (well a ticks a tick) and this one had eluded both of us on our previous visits to this ace birding Country. It prefers the long grassland habitat with scattered trees thats also home to the parks healthy population of Asian Elephants. Thus late this evening the BFB are 300m off the track, 4km from our vehicle wading through waist high grass in search of Brown Prinia!!....the conversation went like this...
Pod ''theres a lot of flattened trees around here John''
Gregsy ''and theres some big round footprints over here''
Pod ''is that a pile of steaming Elephant pooh''
Gregsy ''OH SH*T!!''
Pod ''yeah thats what I meant''.
We survived the evening and bagged the Prinia as well phew!
Day 8
Gregsy grips one back on me today as we locate a pair of Bar-backed Partridge on Trail 1, they'd been feeding on the local rubbish tip behind the park restaurants!
Video tour of our palatial Bungalow...its tough out there. video
Day 9
After a morning birding the trails where I grip one back on Gregsy (which we won't mention cos its a tarts tick) we pack and head 600km south to Hua Hin on the peninsular coast for a two night stay and a bit of R&R.
Birding highlights from Nam Nao
BAR-BACKED PARTRIDGE
MOUNTAIN IMPERIAL PIGEON
ASIAN BARRED OWLET
BROWN HORNBILL
GREAT BARBET
BAMBOO WOODPECKER
HEART SPOTTED WOODPECKER
SILVER BREASTED BROADBILL
BLUE PITTA only heard
INDOCHINESE CUCKOOSHRIKE
GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD
ORANGE-BELLIED LEAFBIRD
BROWN PRINIA
GOLDEN SPECTACLED WARBLER sp.
HAINAN BLUE FLYCATCHER
TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER
WHITE CROWNED FORKTAIL
LESSER NECKLACED LAUGHINGTHRUSH
BLACK THROATED LAUGHINGTHRUSH
EYE-BROWED WREN-BABBLER
WHITE HOODED BABBLER
BROWN CHEEKED FULVETTA
BLACK HOODED ORIOLE
GREEN MAGPIE
GRAY TREEPIE
ttfn...BFB

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