Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Bird Watch at North Thailnd - Day 1

I like to visit North of Thailand during the winter period, cooling weather is one big attraction to get away from the hot & humid weather back in Singapore. This is also the best season of bird watching where we get to see both the resident as well as the migratory birds.
Khao soi
Once we leave airport, we head straight for our lunch. Khao soi is one food that I will not miss whenever come to this part of Thailand as it is only available here.
I have ice-cream waffle as dessert before drive south to Ban Hong for our Day 1 birding.
Asian Brown Flycatcher
As soon as we arrived at the car park, this flycatcher perch just on top of us.
Ashy Wood Swallow
There are also quite a number of Ashy Wood Swallow and they fly quite low so I took a flight shot of it.
After waiting about 30 minutes, there are some movement in the bush. Can you see what is moving in the bush?
Green Peafowl
Yes is Green Peafowl and more of them appear.
Green Peafowl
Their appearance is just slightly different from the Indian Blue Peafowl that I cam across. Other than their colour, Green Peafowl also have yellow facial that not present in Blue Peafowl.
Green Peacock
This Peacock put up a good show. He show his beautiful tail for solid 30 minutes!
Green Peacock
After stop for few minutes, the peacock continue is show before disappear in the bush back to the forest.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Black Eared Kite Village

My last leg of oversea birding is the Black Eared Kite Village not far from Khao Yai National Park on our way to the airport to catch our flight home to Singapore.
Black Eared Kite
 Huge statue at the entrance of the village. Will I get to see this endemic kite of Thailand?
House Sparrow
 Saw these House Sparrow
Asian Pied Starling  (Gracupica contra)
 Asian Pied Starling are quite common here.
Pond Heron
 Still no sign of the kite but we saw this Pond heron.
plaintive cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)
 A plaintive cuckoo perched on top pf the sprinkler.
Plain prinia
 Plain prinia call out loudly, so not easy to miss.
strawberry finch (Amandava amandava)
 Very bright colour Red Avadavat or strawberry finch.
Purple heron
 Purple heron on a very nice background.
 Great Egret
  Great Egret is fishing patiently in the paddy field.
red-wattled lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
 Red-wattled lapwing
little cormorant (Microcarbo niger)
 Still no sign of the kite but got this food in mouth shot of the little cormorant
Black Eared Kite (Milvus lineatus)
 Finally get to see the Black Eared Kite.
Black Eared Kite

Black Eared Kite
 There are so many of them!
Black Kite
Among all the Black Eared Kites there are Black Kite too! With this beautiful shot, is time to catch our flight. This conclude my oversea birding trip in 2017. Hope for another great birding experience in 2018!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Back to Khao Yai National Park

Can't remember how many times I've been to Khao Yai. Each time I visit, sure to find something new.
Mantis
 This mantis was so well camouflage that I almost miss it.
Assassin Bug Sycanus croceovittatus
If you like to take photo of insects, Khao Yai is sure a good place. Saw this Assassin bug believed to be a Sycanus croceovittatus. It stop on top of my friend's hat.
Xylariaceae
These may looks like droppings of something but they are not. They belongs to fungus from Family Xylariaceae commonly known as Deadman fingers.
Polyporaceae
 Saw these very bright colour Bracket fungus from Family Polyporaceae.
Giant squirrel
Due to the body size, when this huge Black giant squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) move from branch to branch, you will not miss it.
Sambar deer
 One of the sure see mammals in Khao Yai National Park is this Sambar deer.
Hornbill
 When there are food, there are feeding. Saw this Oriental Pied Hornbill feeding on this fruiting tree.
Giant tree
 Compare with these huge giant, we are not even 10% of the height of these trees.
Giant twins
 The very famous Giant Twins of Khao Yai National Park.
Elephant prints
 Saw some fresh huge foot prints on the forest trails.
Giant prints
Wow! Look at the size! At least 6X the size of my prints. We leave the forest trail as we don't want to meet these giant face to face.
Elephant of Thailand
 True enough we spotted this giant venture out of the forest!
Elephant of Thailand
 We get in to our vehicle and watch it from a safe distance.
Elephant of Thailand
Upon receive the info, the Wildlife response team was deployed immediately. This team act as a safety barrier to keep a safe distance between the animal & human. This team is also responsible to guide the animal back to the forest.
Elephant of Thailand

Elephant of Thailand
 The Response team trying to stop the elephant from its path and guide it back to the forest.

The dents on the vehicle are the souvenirs left behind by the elephant. What an exciting work to face off with the giant!