Thursday, 12 February 2015

Kaeng Krachen Hides Again...

It took a while this morning, but eventually we tracked down a Black-headed Woodpecker and enjoyed prolonged scope views in the morning sunshine. So with the major target bird under our belts we drove to a nice lodge near Kaeng Krachen National Park and were able to enjoy a little ‘free time’ before meeting for lunch. Anyway, a few of us saw Pale-legged Leaf-Warbler and an Eastern Crowned Warbler near the dining room, along with a few Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes.

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush

After lunch we drove to one of secluded drinking pools and settled into the photo blinds and waited to see what would appear. As it happens it took several hours for things to kick off and apart from the laughingthrushes again nothing much happened for a while. Over the next hour or so birds started to trickle in with Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Black-naped Monarch, White-rumped ShamaRacket-tailed Treepie, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and others.

Black-naped Monarch

White-rumped Shama
Racket-tailed Treepie

Eventually, 3 Scaly-breasted Partridges came in and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when a lone Bar-backed Partridge started feeding in front of us. 

Bar-backed Partridge

Scaly-breasted Partridge

Later in the afternoon more and more birds flew in to bathe and we saw several Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers, a single female Blue-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Erpornis, Pied Fantail, Puff-throated and Abbott’s Babblers, and a  couple of Lesser Mouse Deers also appeared. 

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher - female.

Best bird was the extremely shy Large Scimitar-babbler that appeared a couple of times – wow!!

Large Scimitar-Babbler
Large Scimitar-Babbler

Driving back to the lodge we stopped as a Large-tailed Nightjar was sat on the road and giving fine views.

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