So we left the lodge early doors and spent the rest of the day around Petchaburi. Our first port of call was an open area of dry fields, marsh and reeds where we found numerous Ruddy-breasted Crakes, along with a couple of Eurasian Wrynecks, 8 Greater Painted Snipe, Black-browed Reed-warbler and a brief Watercock.
Walking along the road to another open area, we found a Paddyfield Pipit and then had superb views of an Indochinese Bushlark that actually landed about an inch from my speaker that was placed on the ground a few metres in front of us!
The afternoon was spent driving around the ricefields in search of weavers and Nick knew a place where we saw Baya and, more importantly, Asiatic Golden Weaver very well.
|Asiatic Golden Weaver|
A fine Eastern Imperial Eagle and a female Eastern Marsh Harrier were next up as we drove along a side road. Leaving here, a different set of fields was alive with birds and we saw a couple of Greater Spotted Eagles, an Osprey, male Eastern Marsh Harrier, lots of Red-throated Pipits and a Bluethroat.
|Greater Spotted Eagle|
So that was our birding done and we had seen 302 species this week, including many of the most-wanted birds during a central Thailand tour. But not only that, it had been a rather jovial affair and I have to thank our lovely group for making it such a fun tour. And without the guidance of Nick Upton we would not have seen so many superb birds and a special thanks to him for looking after us so well and showing us the birds of his adopted homeland.
By 3pm it was time to leave and head back to Bangkok, where we said our goodbyes to Jeff, Heather and Phil who had all been excellent company and meet 3 new members of our team to head into the northern mountains tomorrow.