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Birdwatching Day Trips from Bangkok
Whether you are on a short stopover in Bangkok or spending a few days in the capital before moving upcountry, thaibirding can now arrange half, full or multiple day birdwatching trips tailored to your requirements. Day trips can be centred around 1, 2 or even 3 locations and, for those birders with a specific target list of birds, day tours can be personalized in order to maximize the chances of finding them.

Pick up and drop off from your hotel in Bangkok, or airport, for all day tours.

To make an enquiry about day tours please e-mail me with your requirements, including dates and number of birders in the group:
Suggested Day Tour 1: Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale
Best time to visit - November to March   Habitat - Salt pans, mudflats, mangrove & scrub.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper by Nick Upton
  This is Thailand's premier site for shorebirds can be reached within a couple of hours from central Bangkok and here we can search for one of Thailand's most sought-after species, the endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, as soon as we reach the site. Other excellent birds which regularly occur in this area are Nordmann's Greenshank, Far Eastern Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Great Knot and Asian Dowitche; with the benefit of local knowledge we should be able to find most, if not all, of these species.  

A highlight of any trip to Laem Pak Bia is the boat trip out to the sand spit where we Malaysian Plover is a resident breeding bird plus it is here that we can also find Chinese Egret and White-faced Plover as well as checking out the gull/tern roost for species such as Lesser & Greater Crested Terns along with Heuglin's and Pallas's Gull.

Having feasted on shorebirds and seabirds we can have lunch and later move on to a series of nearby locations in search of Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis and wintering Aquila eagles.

This region is such a magnet for birds that a large number and a wide range of species can easily be seen in a single day, and there is always the chance of a rarity here!

E-mail me and book a day tour to Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale:
Suggested Day Tour 2: Bang Pra, Bang Poo & Muang Boran Fishponds
Best time to visit - All year round, although migrant species present between October and April.   Habitat - Open water, freshwater wetland, woodland, mangrove, scrubland.

Asian Golden Weaver by Nick Upton
  Bang Pra reservoir and surroundings are home to a wide variety of open country, woodland and wetland species enabling us to see birds such as Rufous Treepie, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, White-crested Laughingthrush and Laced Woodpecker shortly after arrival. As the morning progresses we should be able to track down a variety of wetland species such as Jacanas, Bitterns and Egrets along with other birds including both Baya and Asian Golden Weaver as well as Oriental Reed Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler and many others.

This is a good location to search for Chinese Francolin, although it is never easily seen, and other possibilites include Greater Painted Snipe, Lesser Coucal, Asian Barred Owlet and Dusky Warbler. This location can also be very good, in April and October, for passage migrants.

Having found a wide selection of freshwater wetland species we can move on and have lunch at Bang Poo where mudflats and pools provide an opportunity to see shorebirds, gulls and terns. A large flock of Brown-headed Gulls winter here and occasionally other gull species show up too and in the mangrove remnants we can track down Golden-bellied Gerygone.

Set between Samut Prakarn's Muang Boran open air museum and large factories, the fishponds near Muang Boran are a real surprise and full of excellent wetland birds. Having found our way into the site, through a maze of residential streets, good views across the wetlands provide the opportunity to find White-winged Tern, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and a myriad of egrets, herons and bitterns as well as one of the site's most conspicuous birds - Striated Grassbird.

A number of points around this site have their own specialities and with experienced knowledge of this location we should be able to find many types of crakes and rails, Asian Golden Weaver, Indian Cormorant and a variety of warblers with a chance of finding Manchurian Reed Warbler. This can be a superb site if one knows where to look!

E-mail me and book a day tour to Bang Pra, Bang Poo & Muang Boran Fishponds:
Suggested Day Tour 3: Khao Luk Chang & Petchaburi Rice Fields
Best time to visit - All year round, although migrant species present between October and April.   Habitat - Woodland, rice fields, fish ponds.

Spotted Owlet by Nick Upton
  Wat Khao Luk Chang, in Petchaburi Province, contains a small area of dry dipterocarp woodland where, in the morning, the stunning Black-headed Woodpecker can be found. Other species frequently seen here include Lineated Barbet, Asian Barred Owlet, Rufous Treepie, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Spoted Owlet. In the wet season, in the adjacent farmland, Blue-throated Bee-eater, Indian Thick-knee and Vinous-breasted Starling can also be seen and in April and October a number of migrants pass through.

In the afternoon you will move on to an area of rice fields close to the city of Petchaburi which is always full of a wide variety of species. Egrets, Herons and Bitterns can be found in good numbers here and Jacanas, Crakes, Reed Warblers and other tricky birds can be found with patience.

There are always a lot of birds to see in this area regardless of the time of year but, of course, things change with the seasons; between December and March there are a number of large raptors in the area including Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle and Pied Harrier; between end of February and July three species of Weavers can be seen in breeding plumage as well as Watercock; between late November and early March wintering passerines include Dusky Warbler, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler and Siberian Rubythroat.

E-mail me and book a day tour to Khao Luk Chang & Petchaburi Rice Fields:

If you have, or wish to know about, other day tour possibilities contact me with your enquiries.

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