Anyway, got up at 5:00 am. every morning and hit the birding trail. Set up and was out by about 8:30 am. Then free to wonder around and explore the park. It has taken me a few years to fully appreciate the vast amount of wildlife here. It is truly amazing. I have started to explore the lower elevation of the park. Just killing time. I always have a great time.
The park has a bit of money, I saw surveyors on the road, and tractors clearing land around the small ponds below the main camp. The ranger told me it is for a salt lick for the animals. Back in Texas, my home, we call it salt lick. Blocks of slat are put in with the livestock to lick it for the salt. Here they till up pretty big chunks of land and mix salt in with the dirt.
Personally I hate to see a road put in? I can just imagine what this place would be like with good access. The image of Ko Yai comes to mind. I bet the first visitors here really would not recognize it now never the less with good access.
Summer is Pitta time here in KK ( Kaeng Krachan ) It rains almost everyday and it seems Pittas love the dark damp undergrowth. Turning over leaves and small twigs to find small worms and animals to eat. I photographed two Pittas this hop. The Hooded Pita, which is thick in the park.
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