Fairly close to Phuket, Thailand which makes it a birding hot spot for the bird guides. Every day there was one bird guide there with there paying customers.
I was lucky to be able to spent a few days there and found a good spot that was unknown to the guides. Until about 4 hours after I had been shooting there. One of the guides found me and it was over. He brought in his paying customers and I left. But got some great pics before i was found out.
As a side note. I usually stay and watch the paying customers set up and shoot. About 10 minutes usually. It is kinda scary to watch. Huge lenses and hides setting up. I have seen 600 mm lenses crushed. Lens hoods crushed. Many cameras smashed. People come into a jungle setting without knowledge, and the right lenses IMO. I think the guides should stress the importance of the right equipment for shooting in the jungle. The big guns are good for ocean and BIF shots for me that is. But jungle work is quite a bit different.
Everyone has to make a living. And most of the guides are pretty good guys and gals.
I put my blind in the middle of a stream and spent the afternoon shooting this Pitta. I saw the male and female but could not get a shot of them together.
I only got out my 500 mm lens one time in the 3 days there. Why? It was a trek across four stream crossings and the vines and vegetation make it a chore even with a 300 mm lens. And shooting in close quarters with a blind a 500 is totally unnecessary. One guy there had a 800 mm lens? A total wast of time and energy IMO. I personally just don't get it. I asked this guy why he was using the 800. He said he had the 500 and 300 and sold them for the better 800? Nice guy. A tourist, with large lens syndrome. As I like to call it.
sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)
Abbott's babbler (Malacocincla abbotti)
Banded pittas, Hydrornis (guajana)