There are several hot spots here. Leam pac bia, Kaeng krachan N.P., Ban pak thele, and to a lesser extent the rice fields.
So far on this hop I have been to the ocean and the rice fields.
Each year in the rice fields there are raptors that migrate threw the area and it is a good place to view them. This year it is very slow. The rice fields are being burned off and the political upheaval has thrown the crop schedule out of sequence. So, very few raptors so far.
This first pic of a Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in rice fields. This is a very common bird, and a resident here.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans): 500mm lens
Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus): 500mm lens
Large Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx sparverioides): 500mm lens
I will leave this blog with some photos of my friends the Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) . This is one of the birds I especially enjoy watching and photographing. And always leave a day open for them. These guys are loosing ground because of habitat loss, and I see it here first hand. I fear it won't be to many years before they are going to be hard to find. But, for now they are still around and a real treat for me to watch and photograph.
Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii): 500mm lens
Nordmann's Greenshank or Spotted Greenshank (Tringa guttifer) is on the coast, Ban pak thale, Leam pac bia area.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) is also showing at Ban pak thale, Thailand.
As well as many many others. Anyone coming to this area will not be disapointed.
If you are planing a trip to the area? It is a densely populated area with very good accommodation's. So don't be concerned about that. If you are a first time visitor and time is limited. There are some very good guides in the area.
A couple of English speaking foreigners that live and guide here are:
The guide business is booming in Thailand! There is a guide on every corner now. And many very good local guides are available. Actually, I know more Thai guides than foreign guides. I may get some of there names and numbers and post them in the future.
This is my latest birding adventure in Thailand. I will be in this area for a couple of weeks. So check back if interested.
Cheers, and good birding, Gary