Tuesday afternoon, 11th December. Just arrived back at White Beach having spent a fantastic long weekend with Neil and Eunice, up in the hills of the Kaeng Krachan national park. We stayed at the superb Baan Maka lodge, which is just ten minutes from the park entrance and has some great birding ‘on the door step’. We spent two full, 12 hour days, in the park itself and another pottering around the outskirts and saw some superb birds, some of which are featured in the photo kaleidoscope below. We’re off to Bangkok tomorrow afternoon for a last night with our friends before getting ready for the evening flight on Thursday.
But first the pics….
Dawn over the lake ‘at the bottom of our garden’ at Baan Maka
We had numerous Babbler species, this was a particular favourite, Collared (a split from White-hooded)
One of the families well represented at Kaeng Krachan is Hornbill – this one is Oriental Pied
The ‘difficult to see’ Green-billed Malkoha
One of a pair of absolutely lovely roosting White-fronted Scops Owl
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush drinking at a forest pool
Not to be confused with common or garden chicken – Red Jungle Fowl, the real thing!
Grey-faced Buzzard with a freshly captured squirrel
Asian Barred Owlet roosting in the grounds of Baan Maka
Kalij Pheasant – another deep jungle-dwelling species
Another Kaeng Krachan speciality Ratchet-tailed Treepie, the only place in Thailand it occurs
and another member of the family, Rufous Treepie
A nice male Olive-backed Sunbird
Our only Thai parrot species – Vernal Hanging Parrot. A beauty nonetheless
One of a few Barbets seen – this one, at the entrance to Baan Maka, was Lineated
Just down the road from Baan Maka was an excellent lily pond with a family of Bronze-winged Jacana
Seen crossing the road on our journey back to the lodge – a rather large python!
and a real kaleidoscope of colour – butterflies at a ‘mineral lick’
And to finish with a Great Hornbill – what a monster!