Thursday, February 27, 2014

Northern Thailand Trip Day 2 Part 2 of 3

18 January 2014 - Doi Lang, Northern of Thailand

After the fantastic start of our trip at Doi Ang Khang on Day 1, we are all ready to be surprised again and again at Doi Lang. 
Sooty-headed Bulbul
As the sun slowly rise from behind the mountain, this Sooty Headed Bulbul is getting ready for the day of actions.
Grey Bushchat (Male)
One of the very common bird that we saw throughout this trip - Grey Bushchat (male) the female was behind if you can see it.
Olive Backed Pipit
Olive Backed Pipit also made their appearance in-front of us.
White Browed Laughingthrush
White Browed Laughingthrush is the nest showing up and add on to my list...
Grey Bushchat (Female)
A female Grey Bushchat was spotted not far from the male.
Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Mountain Bamboo Partridge is one of my target bird before the trip. What a joy to have this bird show on my camera sensor!
Ultramarine Flycatcher
We move further up Doi Lang and saw this very pretty Ultramarine Flycatcher!
Chestnut Belly Rock Thrush
Following the noise I saw a pair of Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush perched on the tree.
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
As we sit down on the floor enjoying our coffee break, this cute White-gorgeted flycatcher dash out from no where.
Siberian Rubythroat
Follow the path was this Siberian Rubythroat
Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler
As usual, the noisy one. You hear them first right before they arrive - Rusty-breasted Scimitar Babbler
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Just before we have our lunch, Spot breasted parrotbill just too eagle to show me his back!... to be continued

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Northern Thailand Trip Day 2 Part 1 of 3

After a very fruitful start of my first day of birding at Northern Thailand during winter at Doi Ang Khang, I'm all ready to explore Doi Lang on the 2nd day. Doi Lang, Thailand
Compare to Doi Ang Khang, Doi Lang have less flowering tree. I only saw a few tree that are blooming.Doi Pak Hom Pok National Park
Saw this sign at Doi Pak Hom Pok National Park within Doi Lang. Hopefully all visitors will respect the nature & don't do any thing that will change the behavior of the animal while observing or photograph them. Doi Lang, Thailand
I must say that this is another very fruitful day with sighting of many new birds for me. I'll post some of the photos once I have sorted them out. While on the way back to our hotel at Fang, we stop-by to take photo of this very nice building in the middle of a plantation. This is an mandarin orange plantation. I'm sure this place will be even nicer later this month when the fruits are ripen. 
Mandarin orange
On a closer look, some of the fruits already ripen. Mandarin orange is one of the must have for Chinese New Year celebration! 
Doi Lang, Thailand
Sun about to set on this very beautiful place. What a good way to end our trip today! I just sit down going through my photos and while waiting for the sun to set. 
Sun set at Doi Lang
 Isn't it beautiful?
Sun set at Doi Lang
Sun set at Doi Lang
It has been another wonderful day at Northern Thailand. Nice weather, beautiful landscape & very rich biodiversity! What a paradise for nature lover!
Banners, Thailand
I saw this very interesting banners on our way to Fang. I think these are part of the decoration for Chinese New Year? There are 12 animals (same with Chinese zodiac) represent 12 zodiacs. However, the last zodiac has been replaced with elephant. Perhaps is customised version? Will have to find out from some of my Thailand's friend some day...   (to be continued)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Double Happiness

What a coincidence, is double happiness today for people in Asia to celebrate 2 special day at the same time. Is Valentine's Day and is also last day of Chinese New Year (aka Yuan Xiao Jie or Cap Goh Meh) 元宵節。
Valentine Day

Romance can be found just everywhere if you open your heart.....  This photo was created from sun set at Bang Ta Boon of Thailand, Rose Garden of Genting Highland, Malaysia & Flamingo from Jurung, Singapore.

Wish everyone a very Happy Valentines Day & 元宵節快樂!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Northern Thailand Trip Day 1 Part 3

After the long break from Chinese New Year is time to get back and sort out photos of my birding trip at Thailand.
White Capped River Redstart
As soon as we arrive at Doi Ang Khang, this beautiful bird was there waiting to welcome us. White Capped Water Redstart aka River Chat.
Black Breasted Thrush
This shot took me quite a while as this bird don't stop at one place for too long. I have so many blur shots under low lighting and this was pick from among many of the blur shots that I have. Thrush are among the skittish birds perhaps. No exception for this Black Breasted Thrush.
White Tailed Robin
This White Tailed Robin was much 'opened'. He don't mind to stay longer for a glamour shot.
Sooty-headed Bulbul
One of the more common birds at Doi Ang Khang - Sooty Headed Bulbul.
Grey Winged Blackbird
Grey Winged Black Bird! This is my first time seeing one black bird. In fact, a lot of birds in the coming days are also my first sighting! Lots of lifers!
Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush
Need not mentioned, this is also my first time seeing a Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush. This bird also appeared in my last posting!
Olive Backed Pipit
Olive Backed Pipit just like Paddy Field Pipit that I familiar but slightly bigger in size.
Grey Bushchat (male)
Another most common bird that I seen for this trip is the Grey Bushchat. This is the male Grey Bushchat.
Grey Bushchat (female)
Female Grey Bushchat.
Cherry Blossom Thailand
Isn't this beautiful... I'm not sure the exact name for these tree but they are known as Thailand Cherry Blossom.
We just celebrated new Chinese New Year and this year is the year of horse. So lovely couple!  :)  (to be continued...)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014