Monday, 11 February 2013

Thailand - The Fat Lady Has Sung!

We left Kaeng Krachen after a late breakfast and did a last bit of birding around the marshes near Bangkok, which gave us 3 new trip birds: Striated Grassbird, White-browed Crake and best of all, Asian Golden Weaver. Our last trip bird turned out to be a Black-headed Gull and was number 450 that were seen by our group. What a tour we had experienced, with so many top quality birds and amazing views proving Thailand is not just about the Spoonie!

And that got me thinking about the best birds of the tour. So often people ask what was the Top 10 highlights but for this one i'm struggling to keep it below a Top 30..... So here goes:

1.  Rusty-naped Pitta
2.  Spot-breasted Laughingthrush
3.  Japanese Thrush
4.  Silver Pheasant
5.  Scarlet-faced Liocichla
6.  Spot-necked Babbler
7.  Black-throated Laughingthrush
8.  Blue Pitta
9.  Spoon-billed Sandpiper
10. Asiatic Dowitcher
11. White-fronted Scops-owl

Oh I seem to have forgotten Jerdon's Bushchat, Black-and-red Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Chinese Egret, Nordmann's Greenshank, Malaysian Plover, White-faced Plover, Slaty-legged Crake, Wreathed Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Black-and-buff Woodpecker, Black-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-throated Partridge, Bar-backed Partridge, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Siamese Fireback, Himalayan Bluetail.......

Man I love birding in Thailand...! Looking forward to 3 tours there next year already.......

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