Saturday, 1 February 2014

North Thailand - The End

Our final day at Doi Inthanon started along a fast-flowing river where a pair of Black-backed Forktails showed repeatedly, despite being rather shy. We then spent the next few hours birding our favourite trail in the hopes of finding a big flock, which never really materialised so had to content ourselves with a few smaller flocks. The best new bird along here was a Clicking Shrike-babbler calling from right over our heads, and we also saw White-throated Fantail, Spectacled Barwing, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, another brief Martens's Warbler, several Grey-throated Babblers and plenty more species we'd already seen. A Bay Woodpecker was calling but remained unseen as well. So by now it was 11am and we decided to check out the feeding station by the checkpoint and it was really nice to get lengthy views of Pygmy Wren-babbler again. This time there was also a male Small Niltava putting on a show, whilst a male Large Niltava was present constantly here as well. 

Pygmy Wren-babbler

Small Niltava
Yellow-cheeked Tit

After lunch we didn't have much time before we had to leave for the airport so made a last-minute decision to check out the Black-tailed Crake spot just down the road. With no sightings for several months it was really a time-filling exercise but when we arrived a bird responded to my ipod and after repositioning ourselves a pair appeared in a small pool and everyone had a decent view. A great result and high five's all round before we had to hotfoot it to Chiang Mai and our evening flight back to Bangkok after a very successful northern Thailand tour. 

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