Friday, 7 February 2014

Kaeng Krachan Update - The END

Kaeng Krachan National Park once again turned up some interesting sightings with our animal list stretching to 35 species with a couple of Golden Jackals showing well here. Broadbills were excellent with Long-tailed Broadbill being seen ‘up the hill’, and along the main road we had Black-and-red, Black-and-yellow and Silver-breasted Broadbills all being seen within 200 yards of each other!

Black-and-yellow Broadbill

Other new birds here included Red-throated Barbet, Great Slaty Woodpecker, and a superb Rufous-browed Flycatcher. At the waterhole a Slaty-legged Crake appeared at dusk and took our minds off the King Cobra that dropped in for a drink a few hours earlier!

Great Slaty Woodpecker showed well for half an hour

Slaty-legged Crake finally appeared at dusk

Rufous-browed Flycatcher came in to check us out

 There was also Black-headed and Rufous Woodpeckers seen at another site, whilst the icing on a rarity-laden cake was another 1st for Thailand – Collared Pratincole. It had been reported a few weeks earlier by some visiting birders and we relocated it on our last day - and it certainly does seem to be a Collared and not the expected Oriental Pratincole. The white trailing edge, short primary projection and a few other key features were all seen - just a shame there was such a haze as the photos aren't very good….

Collared Pratincole - another 1st for Thailand

 And that was it, 494 species seen over the 3 tours and we can’t wait to return next year. Now it’s time for Borneo in a couple of days…

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