First stop was a location we've been too before, in fact on each of our trips. Kaeng Krachan National Park is a must see Thailand birding location, with over 500 species tallied there. The birding is phenomenal and the location is beautiful. We spend most of three days there and enjoyed every minute.
Then we were off to the airport for a short flight down south to Phuket. The south of Thailand was the main focus of this trip as we had never been there before. As you move south new bird species opportunities present themselves.
The first afternoon brought us to a coral beach for a chance at a wish-list bird for Susan and I - Crab Plover. Ever since our miss on this species in Madagascar, knowing we'd have another long-shot chance was exciting. There are currently two individuals wintering a little north of Phuket and with some searching the beach we managed to locate them. What a bird and what a great afternoon.
|Crab Plover with crab dinner|
|View through the blind portal|
|Returning from the blind|
|We both got our share of leech kisses during the trip, including this one I got visiting the Argus|
|The Argus forest|
|Black and Red Broadbill|
|Malayan Banded Pitta female|
|Malayan Banded Pitta male|
|The nearby waterfall|
|Krung Ching Waterfall|
|The lovely lady at the tiny restaurant where we had dinner for three nights.|
|The Krung Ching Forest|
Our tally for the trip was 268 species in which 97 were new. Our total for Thailand now sits at 548 after three visits. Bird list can be viewed on my Thailand eBird page.
All too soon this adventure was over. A big thank you to our driver Chod who was a never ending source of entertainment, and found a few great birds for us too! And a special thank you to our friend and guide Par, an amazing birder, guide, and all around great person.
|Rufous-backed Dwarf Kingfisher|
|The scenery of Hala Bala|
|Our guide Par (left) and driver Chod|
|The local constabulary stopped in for a look at a Golden-whiskered Barbet|
And how can I end this post without sharing a few of the entertaining restroom signs from Thailand.