|Tours of Thailand
||Doi Inthanon, Doi Suthep, Doi Chiang Dao, Doi
Angkhang, Tatorn, Mae Ping, Mae Fang, Doi Pohompok, Doi
|Upper Central Thailand
||Mae Wong and Nam Nao, Beung Borapet
||city parks, Bangpoo, Samut Sakorn
||located at the very upper part of Peninsula Thailand,
3 hours drive south-west of Bangkok
||Hala-Bala, Krabi, Pangnga, KNC etc
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Tours of Thailand
- Although I was constantly reminded that "I had done quite a lot of birding this year"; the chance to see Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordman's Greenshank, White-faced Plover and Malaysian Plover was an opportunity that could not be missed...Mark Easterbrook reports.
Thailand, two centres - Koh Chang and Chiang Saen
- This report covers a trip to Thailand from 28 December 2008 to 17 January 2009. The first week was spent on the holiday island of Koh Chang close to the Cambodian border. For the remaining two weeks we stayed close to Chiang Saen on the northern border with Laos...John & Jo Tallon report.
- We moved on towards Khao Yai on the fourth morning stopping briefly at some roadside pools where we had our only views of several species including Vinous-breasted Starling, Pied Kingfisher, White-browed Crake...Andy Howes reports.
Thailand and Cambodia
- In the morning, we visited the small islets at the Mekong River. Mony arranged a boat for a few hours. From the riverbank, we observed already Mekong Wagtail and Small Pratincole. We also saw Irrawaddy Dolphins...Peter Collaerts reports.
- Up at 3h30! for spotlighting along
the track to the waterfall in the park. Nothing happened
for a while and it was not before we almost got back at our bungalows
that a Javan Frogmouth was heard very close-by. Seconds
later we got incredible looks at this strange bird...Bob
Thailand South to North
- After an excellent trip last year, we decided
to go to Thailand again. Yes, I know: middle of the rainy season.
If I had been given a Dollar for every "no birds now, should have
been here in March", I wouldn't have to work and could indeed
visit in March. Anyway, we were extremely lucky with the weather....Hanno
Southern and Central Thailand
- The most sought species, of course, was Gurney's
Pitta (Critical). Both male and female were well viewed by all
participants. The surprise bird of the trip was an Indian Skimmer,
visiting fish ponds near Petchaburi about 90 km. south of Bangkok.
This was the fourth record for Thailand....Ken Cole reports.
Unexpected SE Asia:
Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia
- SE ASIA is always of great interest because
of the diversity of species from it's proximity to the Equator
and it's species movement from sources including India to the
West, China to the North, Mekong Delta to the East and from Java
and Sumatra to the South. The area is well studied from the time
of Alfred Russell Wallace but new discoveries continue...Garry
Southern Thailand, Bangkok,
Karon (Phuket), Phi Phi & Krabi
- Around Ratchaburi there are loads of narrow
canals and from the longtail boat we took to the market we saw
several Indian Rollers perched prominently next to the water.
Around the floating market we saw Collared Kingfisher, Olive-winged
Bulbul, Olive-backed Sunbird and Oriental Magpie Robin...Gareth
Thailand 2002: Kaeng Krachan
and the north, with Krabi
- A total of 360 species seen made for another
enjoyable trip to Thailand.
Highlights included Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Black-tailed Crake,
Yellow-footed Pigeon, Pale-capped Pigeon, Ground-Cuckoo, Orange-backed
Woodpecker, Red-faced Liocichla, 2 parrotbills, 5 'true' thrushes,
many flycatchers including all seven 'blue' flycatchers, and Pin-tailed
Parrotfinch. Quality waders included Grey-headed Lapwing, Malaysian
Plover, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank....Nick
- This trip report covers two periods spent
in Thailand during a year-long Asian birding trip which provided
a chance to see some long sought after species. Thailand is an
ideal hub if you are planning a long trip in Asia as air tickets
are discounted as low as they can possibly go...Phil Benstead
- Surely the canary in the mine
of the loss of biodiversity in Thailand and all of SE Asia is
the critically endangered Gurneys Pitta (Pitta gurneyi),
a Holy Grail of world birders on a mission to see the more spectacular
species before they leave the planet. There are approximately
10 pair left in a rapidly shrinking lowland forest known for world
efforts and failing conservation. There are no governments protecting
this species at the moment only the considerable efforts of the
Oriental Bird Club in the UK. This species drove our desire to
return to Thailand....Garry George reports.
Khao Noi Chuchi , Krabi
- In the hide, Yotin asked us to be very still.
Each minute seemed like an eternity as our anticipation grew.
Yotin kept calling the bird by imitating a female's call. Then
after 15 minutes, something moved and again a male Gurney's Pitta
came in full sight and this was eternalized on Prof Ng's video
camera and everyone else's memory banks. It was a special moment
and even wet my eyes a bit, knowing how privileged I was to be
able to see this unique bird in the wild....Peter Ericsson
- I spent a wet weekend in Krabi and concentrated
on the mangrove and river mouth (fish traps area). The river was
very good for Common , Brown winged and Black capped Kingfishers.
The technique is to get the boatman to turn off the engine and
then just drift on the tide. I was lucky to see a Mangrove Pitta
fly across a side creek...Paul Bamford reports
Southern Thailand; Bankok,
Khao Nor Chuchi, Krabi, Phang Nga .
- My girlfriend and I travelled to Thailand
for a month's birding and 'chilling out' - or so I was told! So
as such, this was not a totally dedicated birding 'burn-out'.
The main goals were Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which I knew to be
still there to within a week or so, Gurney's Pitta, Nordmann's
Greenshank, and possibly Masked Finfoot. We scored 3 out of 4...Nick
- This was not a birding trip, my wife wanted
a beach holiday with a difference, so the trip list is a little
light. To be honest I was quite happy to go along with Lillian
as I expected Thailand to be filled with new birds. This optimism
was misplaced as southern Thailand is a very difficult place to
bird.....but David Kelly still managed to see 132 species
in his two week visit.
Thailand, Vietnam and Hong
- In the south, at Krabi it is essential to
go on a boat trip with the famous 'Mr Dai'. In a few hours we
saw more birds with him than the rest of the holiday altogether.
You can book from the quayside restaurant and he takes you into
the Mangrove swamps and mud flats in a small boat. He can whistle
up various species including the elusive Mangrove Pitta, Ruddy
Kingfisher and Masked Finfoot...Tony Coatsworth reports