Thursday, April 19, 2018

Journey to Kaeng Krachan Bird Watching - Day 1

After almost a year of waiting, we finally landed here in Bangkok for this short & exciting trip. Thanks to internet that brought nature lovers from two different part of the world together exploring this beautiful Land of Smile!
Thai food
The first item on our list to start this trip is to go for lunch while on the way to Kaeng Krachan (KKC). The traffic is heavier than usual as it is the long week end for Thailand. After travel about an hour, we simply stop at the roadside for a quick meal. Fried egg, vegetable & some meat to go with rice.
Saw this very bright colour Singapore registered car on our way to KKC. What a good idea to self-drive and explore this beautiful country. No fixed timing, no fixed itinerary just stop whenever and wherever you like. Thousand miles away from home on wheels, the experience must be very exciting!
Cattle Egret
We stop at a paddy field to start our bird watching. First bird that we saw is no other than this Cattle Egret with the breeding plumage.
plain prinia
This Plain Prinia is actively hunting for as many food before the sun set.

pied starling
A huge nest build by Pied Starling using material that can be found in the urban area.
White-vented Mynas (Acridotheres grandis)
Very similar to Javan Myna but this White Vented Myna have a much prominence crest on their head.
Our next stop is this cattle farm. We are here for the Blue-tailed Bee-eater. The white sand puddle are the nest of the bee-eaters.
blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Once our eyes adjusted to the lighting, there are lots of activities going on in this area that appear to be empty.
blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
They are everywhere! Some on the tree and some just wait for their partner outside their nest.
blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Is was getting dark and I try my luck for this flight shot.
Indian roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Hiding behind the lamp pole is Indian roller.
Large-tailed nightjar, Caprimulgus macrurus,
Managed to spot another bird before we go for our dinner. Is a nocturnal bird - Large Tail Nightjar. This end our 1st day of short but fruitful birding session. What will we see tomorrow?

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