Saturday, 28 February 2015

Doi Lang Wrap-up..!

Headed up onto Doi Lang this morning and we were fortunate to see 6 Hume’s Pheasants and a pair of Mountain Bamboo-Partridges on the drive up. This time we drove beyond the feeding stations and walked along the road and this turned out to be a particularly productive excursion. Fine scope views of a pair of Crested Buntings and a close Giant Nuthatch was a good start, and we followed this with Crested Finchbill and repeated views of a pair of Spot-breasted Parrotbills

Giant Nuthatch showed very well today.

We even managed to tease out a male White-bellied Redstart and really enjoyed nice looks at this ace skulker. This was almost as good as the male Asian Emerald Cuckoo we scoped as it sat at the top of a tall tree. Returning to the lusher forest and this time there was a couple Grey-headed Parrotbills in a flock that also contained Grey-chinned Minivet, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo and Stripe-breasted Woodpecker

The Hodgson's Frogmouth was still there....

Record shot of Indochinese Cuckooshrike.

So by now it was late morning and we drove lower to the Ultramarine Flycatcher stake-out for our picnic lunch, and once again had point-blank views of the flycatcher. But this time several Rufescent Prinias were showing well, and then a superb male Fire-capped Tit began feeding on some flowers in a tree at eye-level and was later joined by two females. What a superb way to end our time here.

Fire-capped Tit.

Ultramarine Flycatcher.

 All that remained was to drive to Chiang Mai where we would spend the night.

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