Monday, 13 February 2017

Doi Inthanon

Having done many blog posts on my tours to Thailand over the years, I think i'm at risk of repeating myself. Our tours here have always been popular and our main tour usually fills up over a year in advance. We don't brag about how good it is, but you can see by our Twitter posts and previous tour reports just how good the birding is. So for this year's tour i'm going to let the photos do the talking! 

So our tour began at Doi Inthanon where we saw pretty much everything we wanted, getting great views of most things. The summit usually has crowds of people but the birds don't seem to care and the point-blank views of Silver-eared Laughingthrushes, Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Green-tailed Sunbird and Chestnut-tailed Minlas are always amazing. 

Green-tailed Sunbird
Blue Whistling Thrush
Silver-eared Laughingthrush

I was particularly pleased to find a fruiting tree her with several Grey-sided Thrushes and a single Eye-browed Thrush feeding there, along with a pair of Yellow-bellied Flowerpeckers - just a shame I only got a photo of the female...

We really enjoyed close looks at Grey-sided Thrush
Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker

Down on the boardwalk that circles around the mossy bog we saw the usual Dark-sided Thrush, and even a Pygmy Wren-Babbler was feeding out in the open.

This is the easiest place to see Dark-sided Thrush

One of our favourite trails held an Asian Emerald Cuckoo, some confiding Clicking Shrike-Babblers, and I really thought we'd nail a calling Green Cochoa but it wasn't to be this year. 

Asian Emerald Cuckoo is always great to see
Clicking Shrike-Babbler

There were 10+ Blossom-headed Parakeets roosting near our lodge, but a crazy few minutes one evening produced 7 Collared Falconets and a Black-headed Woodpecker perched in the treetops.

Black-headed Woodpecker - phonescoped 

Collared Falconet - phone scoped.

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