thaibirding.com             by Nick Upton
    birdwatching in thailand    
Google
Newsletter
 
 
Main Menu
 
Tools
 
Stats


Visitors since 01/09/06

Add to Technorati Favorites

 
Donations towards the cost of running and developing thaibirding.com are gratefully received.

 


Locations of visitors to this page

Site Map ; Contributors

                
Tour of Thailand Nov 7, 2001 - April 6, 2002
 
 
About Google adverts

Note: This trip report has been reproduced with the kind permission of Mick Davies of Nature Thailand          (http://yonokwetlands.awardspace.com).

First few days : Train, Bangkok - Chiang Mai where we rented a motorbike and camped Huai Kon Khrai (2days) and near Wiang Chi before arriving in Chiang Saen on the 16th.

16 November - 4 December : Chiang Saen. I camped south of town by a reedy dyke and found a male Jerdon's Buschat the next morning. On the 19th of November, whilst I was camping at Chiang Saen, I awoke at 3 am and witnessed a fantastic site of more than a hundred shooting stars in approx. 20 minutes.

December 3 : I camped 2 nights at TaTorn paddies; it was so cold and damp in my tent at night but far worse was the fog that didn't clear until 10 or 11am making it too cold to ride the bike.

December 5 : TaTorn. Stayed in the village, visited the Buddhist hill temple and the paddies to the east of town and the river.

December 8 : Doi Ang Khang. A problem getting the bike up the mountain and it was very cold after sun down.

December 10 : Doi Chiang Dao.

December 12 : Chiang Saen.

December 16 : Chiang Kong. Quiet roads to ride, just a really pleasant area.

December 17 : Phayao. Camped by the lake.

December 18 : Huai Kon Khrai Research Station. This is the famous Green Peafowl site; I saw 8 of them.

December 19 : Chiang Mai. Returned the motorbike to Mr Beer.

December 22 : Phitsanulok. Nice hotel and many temples; rented motorbike from Lady Motor.

December 24 : Nam Nao National Park. Wow it was cold at night camping here but there were many birds and good trails.

December 30 : Thung Salaeng National Park. Nice area with small waterfalls.

December 31 : Bueng Boraphet. Camped on a building site on SW of the lake!

January 1 : Huai Kha Kaeng. This was my second attempt to visit this area, we rented a motorbike and camped near the Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters, but unfortunately we were not allowed to visit the area for Rufous-necked Hornbill; the reason given was the danger from Tiger and Elephants. We did find on the trail fairly fresh Tiger prints.

January 6 : Thap Salo. Camped by the reservoir, bought fish from fisherman and cooked them on a log fire; very beautiful under the stars.

January 7 : Mae Sot. Camped en-route at Klong Lan.

January 8 : Lan Sang National Park. The staff here were very kind to us.

January 10 : Sukhothai. Spent the day in the Historical Park and camped nearby.

January 12 : Phitsanukok. Train to Phechi and Khorat.

January 17 : Khao Soi Dao. Camped at the Wildlife Sanctuary, very slow birding, maybe it's better in the wet season, many good trails, we would like to go back again.

January 23 : Ban Chuen. We visited many beaches in the area; this place suited us best. Inland the mangrove lined river is fair for birds and the fishing village is of interest. We visited Klong Yai and the Cambodian border.

January 26 : Laem Ngop. We liked Laem Ngop, a good cafe in the harbour and no hassles; nice hotel room except for the ants, scorpion and the TV.

February 2 : Ko Chang. Very touristy, however we found a very quiet place with Sea Eagles over our bungalow. We cooked our own food, mostly squid and giant prawns.

February 6 : Long, long journey by train to Narathiwat in southern Thailand.

February 7 : Narathiwat. There are some good areas in and around Narathiwat - the river from the hotel, the King's summer residence and beaches to the north. The Botanical Research Station inland and a large lake are good for birds. We also visited the Peat Swamp Forest. Hala-Bala Wildlife sanctuary is the best place to see Hornbills in Thailand and many other birds; a most beautiful and scenic place.

29 February - 17 March : Krabi. We visited many areas in and around Krabi, we particularly liked the Wat to the south of town. The road north winds through some stunning scenery and many beautiful off-shore islets can be seen through the gaps in the mangrove forest. Some quiet beaches are still to be found, maybe this is the place for us to live in the future.

Ko Phi Phi. Only went for a day trip to see some seabirds. A beautiful island but too many tourists.

Khao Nor Chuchi. This beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary is a delight to visit and whilst walking the many forest trails we saw male Gurney's and Banded Pittas.

18 March : Bangkok. Took in many tourist sites; Royal Palace, most of the larger Wats, Dusit Zoo and Lumphini Park.

21 March : Khao Sam Roi Yot. Camped a couple nights on the beach and for the remainder we rented a bungalow; nice people here. The many caves are well worth a visit. Returned to Bangkok on 28th.

29 March ; Cha-am. The area around Cha-am was surprisingly good, with many excellent wet paddies; we found a good Raptor watch point to the north, but best of all was the vast bat roost that erupts from the hill caves in the late evening.

7 April : Bangkok. Flight home to England but no visa for Dowroong!

Dowroong and I would like to thank the many people of Thailand who showed so much kindness during our travels, we made many friends here. I have been birding for 35 years now, during which time I have met many birders, but have never met anyone with so much natural talent as Dowroong Dalamajak, a star in so many ways.

Accidents : For some reason we did have a lot of minor to semi-serious accidents, none more so than our meeting. Got stung by Jellyfish, Scorpion and a Spider. I 've lost track of the number of hospitals we attended.

Mick Davies & Dowroong Dalamajak

 
About Google adverts
 Birds seen and where seen
Little Grebe - common
Little Cormorant -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
Lesser Frigatebird -
Ko Phi Phi
Christmas Island Frigatebird -
Ko Phi Phi
Black-crowned Night Heron -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
Yellow Bittern -
Ch-am
Cinnamon Bittern -
Ch-am
Little Heron -
common
Chinese Pond Heron -
common
Javan Pond Heron -
common
Pacific Reef Heron -
common
Little Egret -
common
Intermediate Egret -
common
Great White Egret -
common
Cattle Egret -
common
Grey Heron -
common
Purple Heron -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
Painted Stork -
5 flew into Dusit Zoo (presumed feral)
Asian Openbill Stork -
54 Ch-am
Lesser Whistling-Duck -
common
Eurasian Wigeon -
Chiang Saen Lake
Spot-billed Duck -
few Chiang Saen Lake
Cotton Pygmy Goose -
few Narathiwat
Mallard -
singles Chiang Saen Lake
Garganey -
several 100 Chiang Saen Lake
Common Teal -
Chiang Saen Lake
Northern Pintail -
common Chiang Saen Lake
Northern Shoveler -
common Chiang Saen Lake
Ferruginous Duck -
12 Chiang Saen Lake
Baer's Pochard -
Chiang Saen Lake
Tufted Duck -
1 Chiang Saen Lake
Osprey -
singles
White-bellied Sea-Eagle -
in coastal areas
Oriental Honey Buzzard -
widespread
Black-shouldered Kite -
common
Black Kite -
1 Thap Salo
Brahminy Kite -
widespread in the south
Rufous-bellied Eagle -
Hala Bala
Eastern Marsh Harrier -
1 Ch-am
Pied Harrier
Japanese Sparrowhawk -
Ch-am
Shrika
Chinese Sparrowhawk -
mixed flocks of 1000, 400 & 650 at Ch-am with Black Baza
Black Baza -
see above
Grey-faced Buzzard -
2 Ch-am and singles in North
Rufous-winged Buzzard -
Thap Salo and Klong Lan
Changeable Hawk-Eagle -
Hala Bala
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle -
common Hala Bala
Wallaces Hawk-Eagle -
Hala Bala and north of Krabi
Crested Serpent Eagle -
common
Common Kestrel
Peregrine
Black-thighed Falconet -
Hala Bala
Bat Hawk -
Hala Bala
Bar-backed Partridge -
Nam Nao
Barred Buttonquail
Red Junglefowl -
common
Silver Pheasant -
male Nam Nao
Green Peafowl -
Huai Kon Khrai
Ruddy-breasted Crake -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
White-breasted Waterhen -
common
Common Moorhen -
common
Purple Swamphen -
common Chiang Saen Lake
Common Coot
Pheasant-tailed Jacana -
a few Narathiwat
Greater Painted-Snipe -
male with 3 young Chaing Sean Lake and a pair Ch-am
Oriental Pratincole -
common
Black-winged Stilt -
common
Little Ringed Plover -
common
Kentish Plover -
common
Malaysian Plover -
common
Lesser Sand Plover -
common
Greater Sand Plover -
common
Pacific Golden Plover -
common
Grey Plover
Grey-headed Lapwing -
a few pairs Ch-am
Red Wattled Lapwing -
common
Red-necked Stint -
a few Khao Sam Roi Yot
Long-toed Stint -
a few Khao Sam Roi Yot
Temmink's Stint -
Chiang Saen
Broad-billed Sandpiper -
2 Khao Sam Roi Yot
Common Snipe
Pin-tailed Snipe -
common
Black-tailed Godwit -
common
Bar-tailed Godwit -
common
Whimbrel -
common
Eurasian Curlew -
common
Spotted Redshank -
singles Khao Sam Roi Yot
Redshank -
common
Greenshank -
common
Nordmans Greenshank -
1 Krabi
Marsh Sandpiper -
common
Green Sandpiper -
singles in the north
Wood Sandpiper -
common
Common Sandpiper -
common
Brown-headed Gull -
a few
Black-headed Gull -
a few
Gull-billed Tern
Lesser-crested Tern -
20 Krabi
Common Tern -
common
Little Tern -
common
Whiskered Tern
Rock Pigeon
Yellow-legged Green Pigeon
Mountain Imperial Pigeon -
common
Pied Imperial Pigeon -
Ko Phi Phi
Speckled Wood Pigeon
Ashy Wood Pigeon
Rufous Turtle Dove
Red Turtle Dove
Emerald Dove
Little Cuckoo Dove
Peaceful (Zebra) Dove
Vernal Hanging Parrot -
Hala Bala
Plaintive Cuckoo -
Hala Bala
Violet Cuckoo -
Hala Bala
Drongo Cuckoo -
Hala Bala
Asian Koel -
common
Green-billed Malkoha -
common
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha -
a few in south
Greater Coucal -
common
Lesser Coucal -
common
Barred Eagle Owl -
1 Hala Bala
Asian Barred Owlet -
common
Long-tailed Nightjar - common
Malaysian Eared Nightjar - Hala Bala
Great Eared Nightjar -
fairly common
Silver-rumped Needletail -
Hala Bala
Brown-backed Needletail -
Hala Bala
Whiskered Treeswift -
common
Grey-rumped Treeswift -
common
Orange-breasted Trogon -
Nam Nao
Red-headed Trogon -
Nam Nao
Common Kingfisher -
common
Black-backed Kingfisher -
common
Banded Kingfisher -
Khao Soi Dao
Brown-winged Kingfisher -
common Krabi
Collared Kingfisher -
common
Black-capped Kingfisher -
common
White-throated Kingfisher -
common
Pied Kingfisher -
Bung Boraphet
Green Bee-eater -
common
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater -
common
Blue-throated Bee-eater -
common
Blue-tailed Bee-eater -
common
Red-bearded Bee-eater -
Hala Bala
Indian Roller -
common
Dollarbird -
common
Hoopoe -
common
Oriental Pied Hornbill -
2 Hala Bala
Black Hornbill -
1 Hala Bala
Rhinoceros Hornbill -
common Hala Bala
Great Hornbill -
2 Hala Bala
Helmeted Hornbill -
6 Hala Bala
Bushy-crested Hornbill -
10 Hala Bala
White-crowned Hornbill -
1 Hala Bala
Lineated Barbet
Coppersmith's Barbet -
common
Eurasian Wryneck
Greater Yellownape -
common
Common Flameback -
common
Orange-backed Woodpecker -
Hala Bala
Buff-necked Woodpecker -
Hala Bala
Long-tailed Broadbill -
Nam Nao
Black-and-Yellow Broadbill -
Hala Bala
Eared Pitta -
Khao Soi Dao
Gurney's Pitta -
Khao Nor Chu Chi
Banded Pitta -
Khao Nor Chu Chi
Indochinese Bushlark
Barn Swallow -
common
Pacific Swallow -
Krabi
Striated Swallow -
Narathiwat
Richard's Pipit -
common
Paddyfield Pipit -
common
Long-billed Pipit -
common
Olive-backed Pipit -
common
Forest Wagtail -
common
Yellow Wagtail -
common
Grey Wagtail -
common
White Wagtail
Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike -
common
Common Wood Shrike
Scarlet Minivet -
Hala Bala
Common Iora
Lesser Green Leafbird -
Hala Bala
Blue-winged Leafbird
Crested Finchbill
Black Crested Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul
Scaly-breasted Bulbul
Grey-bellied Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Sreaked-eared Bulbul
Cream-vented Bulbul
Streaked Wren Babbler
White-crested Laughingthrush -
common
Siberian Blue Robin -
Hala Bala
White-rumped Shama
Oriental Magpie Robin -
common
White-tailed Robin -
Nam Nao
White-crowned Forktail -
Nam Nao
Siberian Stonechat
Pied Bushchat
Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Whistling Thrush
Asian Paradise-Flycatcher -
Hala Bala
Taiga Flycatcher
Pale Blue Flycatcher
Black-naped Monarch
Grey-headed Flycatcher
White-browed Fantail
White-throated Fantail
Sultan Tit
Purple Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird -
Krabi
Temminck's Sunbird -
Hala Bala
Olive-backed Sunbird
Green-tailed Sunbird
Orange-breasted Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Buff-bellied Flowerpecker
Oriental White-eye
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Dark-throated Oriole -
Hala Bala
Black-naped Oriole -
common
Asian Fairy Bluebird -
common
Tiger Shrike -
Hala Bala
Brown Shrike -
common
Long-tailed Shrike
Burmese Shrike
Green Magpie
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Large-billed Crow
Ashy Woodswallow
Common Myna
Hill Myna
Jungle Myna
White-vented Myna
Black-collared Starling
Asian Glossy Starling -
Krabi
Asian Pied Starling -
common
Streaked Weaver -
Ch-am
Scaly-breasted Munia -
common
Tree Sparrow common
Plain-backed Sparrow
Common Rosefinch

Little Bunting
Crested Bunting
Mick Davies can be contacted at mick_davies2000@yahoo.com
 
About Google adverts
Click for more information on Chiang Saen
Click for more information on Doi Ang Kang
Click for more information on Doi Chiang Dao
Click for more information on Khao Soi Dao.
Click for more information on Hala Bala
Birdwatching Tours
Click for more information on Krabi
Click for more information on Ko Phi Phi
Click for more information on Khao Nor Chu Chi
Clck for more information on Lumphini Park
Click for more information on Khao Sam Roi Yot
Click for more information on Bueng Boraphet
 
thaibirding.com newsletter -
Sign up for free monthly Thailand birdwatching news and updates: newsletter.
Support thaibirding.com by using the above websites.
birdwatching
Check out the Top 50 Birding sites!
 
A Guide to Birdwatching in Thailand. Copyright © 2004-2008 thaibirding.com. All rights reserved.
Birding Top 500 Counter