Next: Nam Nao N.P.
No pics. I took allot of the same old birds there. But it was raining the whole time and I got tired of it and ran for the nearest guest house I could find... :). Saw a few woodpeckers, but did not get a chance to do any hiking. It was expected this time of the year. So no problems or gripes from me.
Huai Kha Kheang wildlife sanctuary.
Weather broke the day I arrived and I had a lot of fun. I camped on the grounds for three nights. Not much in the was of guest houses in the area. There are only two that I know of. And I would rather camp than stay in either. You can make arrangements with the parks head office in Bangkok for shelter, but I would rather camp in the rainy season there. Nice and cool.
This place is a paradise for birding and wildlife in general. It ranks up there with Phu khieo wildlife sanctuary IMO. These out of the way sanctuary's are extremely important and this one is a UNESCO site. And well deserved. I am not going to go into detail about this park. It is a place where I personally found many unique and one of a kind places to bird and see wildlife. I was not allowed to leave the designated camping area!. NO, was immediate and they were kinda surprised I found and asked about the different locations. So, I think enough said. Maybe next year I will rent a home or room for a few months to become familiar and enjoy all this area has to offer. The leaches are not much of a bother in the main camp. And ticks are not much of a bother in the rainy season. But I used precaution never the less.
It is famous for the Black headed woodpecker and a very easy bird to photograph and see. These guys are everywhere. If you go? Head to the restaurant and just sit and wait. They were coming in behind the restaurant regularly. Along with Lesser necklaced Laughingthrush, White headed Laughingthrush, Magpie. And common flameback. While there I saw a nest of Malkoha with young. No photos. I do not like nesting photos really, so I did not peruse it any further. Was surprised to see a pair of Chestnut winged Cuckoo's.
I also went to Chong Yen, Mae Wong N.P. I saw about 20 Wreathed Hornbill. But I was not in a good place to photograph them. I camped the night there on top, and one of the park rangers was kind enough to let me stay in a small room free. I am so glad, they all know me there and are generally very friendly and helpful. A storm had been raging for 3 days and the winds were unbelievable. Stripping the leaves off trees and blowing down trees. Wow.
There were a few hard core birders I have come to know over the years, that were there. Only Thais. I was the only farang ( foreigner ). They all know me and tolerate me! for the most part. These guys are really the hardest of hard core birders. One thinks he found a new species in the park. And I am waiting to find out if true or not. Very exciting if it is. These guys have the resources and drive. ALL sporting the newest weapons of the trade. Canon 600 II, 500 II, 1dx, One Sigma 800mm. I am not familiar with Nikon gear so cannot comment. Pretty impressive to see all these guys and only these guys on top gunning for action. In blinding rain and un-real winds gusts.
That is it for me.
You can see other pics at my flickr site. HERE.
Go birding a great hobby... Great exercise and mental health hobby.