Bird watching trip report


Introduction

Whale Watching season in Thailand and September/ October is the best months. My second whale watching this year and as we didn't spot any whales last time I hope to get some whale experience this time.


Guide

I have used Wild Encounter Thailand before so I knew what I was in for. I liked their service previous times when I have gone whale watching with them so this should be a winner. They leave with a van from Bangkok early morning and we are back in Bangkok early evening.

They use 2 different boats, if there are many passengers they depart from the pier at Moo Baan Pramong in Samut Sakhon, this pier is closer to Bangkok. They also use a small boat departing from Bang Tabun in Phetchaburi.

Check out Wild Encounter Thailand´s web page: www.wildencounterthailand.com

Wild Encounter Thailand

Daily Timetable

• 06:00 ; Meet at Wild Encounter Thailand Meeting Point in Sukhumvit 105
• 06:30 ; Van will be leaving from our meeting point to the pier.
• 08.00 ; Arrive at the pier and board our whale watching boat.
(All customer that travel by themselves will meet at the pier by this time)
• 08.30 - 15.00 ; Spend all day looking for Bryde's whale in the Upper Gulf of Thailand.
* Lunch and dessert will be served on board
• 15:30 ; Heading back to the pier.
• 17:00 ; Arrive back at the pier and transfer back to picking up point.


Bangkok Meeting Point
7-11 SHOP, SUKHUMVIT 105

Price: 2300 Baht - Returning passengers 2100 Baht


Land transportation

1) TAXI, my choice of transportation. Early morning and it took me about 15 minutes to get there and it will cost about 100 Baht, about 3 US Dollars from the Asoke intersection. Say Sukhumvit Soi 105 or Baering BTS Station. Thai script for the taxi driver:

Sukhumvit Soi 105: สุขุมวิท ซอย ๑๐๕

Baering: สถานีรถไฟฟ้าแบริ่ง

2) SKY TRAIN Sukhumvit line (Green line) will take you to Baering #E14 station and from there it is a 3 minutes walk. I will go by taxi. But the meeting point at Sukhumvit Soi 105 is just next to the sky train station Baering. Get off the train and look for EXIT #1. Leave at EXIT #1 and just walk for 2 minutes towards north and you have the 7 Eleven on your right hand side.

สถานีรถไฟฟ้าแบริ่ง - Wild Encounter Thailand

สถานีรถไฟฟ้าแบริ่ง - Wild Encounter Thailand

สถานีรถไฟฟ้าแบริ่ง - Wild Encounter Thailand
Click HERE for full size map


Accommodations

I stay at my home sleeping in my own bed so no need for any hotel.


Equipment

Canon 5D Mk. III + Canon 5D Mk. IV
Canon EF 28-300/3,5-5,6 L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200/2,8L IS II USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
Canon Speedlite 600EXII-RT flash
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Panasonic HC-W585 video camera

Sound recorder
ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder


Weather

Weather, I don´t know if Bangkok is the hottest capital in the world. But this is what they say and I have no reason to doubt this information because it is darn hot. Whale watching season and it is the rainy season so we can expect strong winds and heavy rain anytime.

Bangkok, Thailand - Climate & Temperature
Pictures from www.climatemps.com

Bangkok, Thailand - Climate & Temperature - Click picture for full size
Pictures from www.climatemps.com



References/Resources

There are two sites covering Thailand and I have used them many times. These two web pages are actually everything you need for your birding adventures in Thailand. All the information you need about all the birding spots. Click on the map and then select your spot and you will have maps and everything you need to know about the areas. They have put a lot of jobs in to their web pages, North Thailand Birding and thaibirding.com A must to visit before you go bird watching in Thailand.

www.norththailandbirding.com - A one stop only for all your birding in Thailand

thaibirding.com - Nick Upton's one stop only for all your birding in Thailand.

Use both www.thaibirding.com and www.norththailandbirding.com and you have a winner. Some of the maps on www.norththailandbirding.com are way better than Nick Upton´s, while some of Nick's maps are much more detailed. So I have found that if I use both the web pages for information, well, nothing else needed.

Bangkok City Birding - A lot of interesting birding stories and information on this bird watching blog by David Gandy. Bangkok-based patch-worker in Suan Rot Fai, a large park close to the city's famous weekend market. He have recorded 150 species on his patch since 2008. As one of the only big green spaces in the city, “SRF” acts as a real magnet for migrants during spring and autumn, and holds a healthy selection of "sibes" during the winter months.


ebird - Find birding hotspots with bird checklists from all over the world

Avibase - is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 25 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 12,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages


www.oiseaux.net This web page is also excellent for identifying birds. There is information and range maps for many many birds from all over the world. This page is almost guaranteed to give you any answer you have about any bird in the world.

Cloudbirders - Read birding trip reports from all over the world

Fatbirder - linking birders worldwide... Wildlife Travellers see our sister site: WAND


Fatbirder is a fantastic web page with information from, I think every country in the world. My first stop when I plan for my bird watching trips. There is information about locations and guides, well, pretty much everything you need to know. Sometimes this is the only place I need to visit to plan my trip.

BirdingPal - find a birding Guide around the world

BirdingPal


And the web page you cannot live without. I have been around the world looking for birds. I usually have a Guide, but sometimes it is not possible to find a Guide. So, well, I have lost count on how many times I have had help to ID birds at BirdForum. Joining this forum have been very very good for my bird watching experience.

www.birdforum.net

ClimaTemps.com is the place to learn about the worlds climates with more than 4000 locations documented. Each aspect of the climate is represented using colour enhanced tables and professional graphs so that data can easily be compared by switching between locations in different tabs in your browser.

“A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson”


A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson

A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson. New edition updated with 76 species since previous edition “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig” Nick Upton at www.thaibirding.com wrote “This quite excellent book is packed full of quality illustrations and written information on 1251 species recorded in Southeast Asia”

I bought this book for bird watching in Thailand, but it goes for all over SE Asia


Places to visit


Whale watching on the Upper Gulf of Thailand. So I expect to see both birds and whales.


Bird checklist


Full Thai list updated to the taxonomy, nomenclature and sequence of the IOU/IOC World Bird List. The complete checklist, including Thai names and synonyms, can be downloaded in Excel format - Thailand Bird Checklist. - Version 8.2 (2018) - found at www.norththailandbirding.com

Well, my bird watching trip reports was rejected. I posted 2 that was rejected. So I started to take ideas from the reports I found on Cloudbirders. They have Bird checklists so I will put them here but they will not be used as bird checklists. I will post my birds on eBird and on my different “BIRDS THAT I HAVE OBSERVED” pages.

But the list can come in handy to find out the local name of the bird etc. And Avibase have a list with pictures and sounds, excellent!

So I will post bird checklists here and if my Guides provide me with checklists I will also post them here.

Cloudbirders


Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World

Samut Sakhon bird checklist from Avibase, click HERE - eBird version 2019 taxonomy - When going with the big boat

Petchaburi bird checklist from Avibase, click HERE - eBird version 2019 taxonomy - When going with the small boat


Avibase is providing you with bird checklists from all over the world. And I´m impressed by their web page. Select country and area and you get the bird checklist. Like the PDF files I got from Avibase on the links above. You also get the checklist with pictures and sounds.

The best part is that you get the local names of the birds and the online checklist gives the names in English plus the language you have selected. But it seems like the PDF cannot handle some alphabet.

For example the Japanese language so it is blank in the PDF checklist. But it worked excellent with Swedish. But you get them in the local language on the online version.


Bird list

I only list birds I have got on picture on my list of OBSERVED BIRDS. But since I started using eBird I have changed a bit. I list all the birds on the eBird checklist. See the DAY TO DAY report in the itinerary below.

And you can visit my list of “Birds I have seen in Thailand” ONLY BIRDS I HAVE ON PICTURE.

eBird

eBird Report


Moo Ban Pramong - Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand, Samut Sakhon, TH Oct 6, 2019 07:05 - 18:06
Protocol: Traveling
114,74 kilometer(s)
Comments: Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
14 species (+1 other taxa)

Feral Pigeon 1
Zebra Dove 1
Whiskered Tern X Many Many birds
Common Tern X Many birds at the open sea
Little Cormorant X Many many cormorants when leaving shore
Great White Egret X Many of them on the shore line
Little Egret X Many of them at the shore line
pond heron sp. X I have been here during breeding season and it was only Javan Pondherons. So I guess this was non breeding Javan Pondherons. Many of them at the shoreline
Brahminy Kite 3
Black-capped Kingfisher 1
Collared Kingfisher 1 Sitting on fishing equipment pretty far from shore
Common Myna 2
Great Myna 5
Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60470847



Report

Sunday 6th of October 2019 and my alarm went off at 4 o´clock. I can't say that I was jumping out of bed. But I made it to 7 Eleven at Soi 105 well in time. I could see that there were quite a few people and we will use 2 vans today. And I asked what boat we were going to use during the trip and today it will be boat I never been on before.

There was AC on board so it will be nice if the sun will pound us during the day. We went in to the vans and we left 7 Eleven driving towards Rama III. Crossing the Chap Phraya River and we were soon on the small road to Moo Ban Pramong.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Bangkok early morning

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Bangkok early morning

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Bangkok early morning

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Bangkok early morning

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Bangkok early morning

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Bangkok early morning

I had expected departure from the same restaurant as when I went for the first time a few years ago. But we stopped at another restaurant across the river. Last restaurant just at the mouth of the river. It had taken us about 45 minutes to get here from Bangkok and I started my eBird app at 07:05.

One boat departed from the pier when we arrived and our boat came in to the pier. We expected to leave at 7 thirty so I went for a walk to look for birds and there was quite a few birds in the area. Before stepping on board I got very close to a few Little Cormorants sitting just next to the restaurant and as they did not see me under the canvas over the restaurant I got a few pictures. At 7 thirty I boarded the boat and now I was told that we would leave around 8 o'clock.

So I was sitting up front looking for birds killing the time before departure.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger, นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Little cormorant - นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger, นกกาน้ำเล็ก
Little cormorant - นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger, นกกาน้ำเล็ก
Little cormorant - นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger, นกกาน้ำเล็ก
Little cormorant - นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger, นกกาน้ำเล็ก
Little cormorant - นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger, นกกาน้ำเล็ก
Little cormorant - นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Our boat arrives

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Ready to board

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
AC lounge

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Weather deck

I was joined by a guy from India. He is going for whale watching with his family and I could see on his camera that he was in it for birds as well. He was from Calcutta and we started to talk about Sundarbans while keeping an eye out for birds.

There were many egrets and cormorants and many Whiskered Terns flying around us and over the river. It was not easy to take the pictures of birds in flight, but there came pretty close sitting down close to the boat.

So it was a joyful morning sitting on the boat looking at birds talking about Sundarbans. And of course, I had a MAX next to me that I enjoyed every now and then.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
1 Great Egret and 2 Little cormorant

Great Egret / Great White Heron - นกยางโทนใหญ่
Great Egret / Great White Heron - นกยางโทนใหญ่

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Black-capped Kingfisher

I spotted a Black-capped Kingfisher coming to sit down on one of the bamboo sticks. Just a wee bit too far away for any good pictures. Great and Little egrets and pond herons in winter plumage. And the pond herons all looks the same in winter plumage, but I have been in the area before and all the herons had been Javan pond herons. So the pond herons were most likely Javan pond herons.

I kept an eye on the Black-capped Kingfisher coming closer and closer jumping bamboo pole by pole. But suddenly the bird took off and flew over the river and disappeared. I had a Whiskered Tern landing on a pole next to the ship. I took a picture and I have at least a few of the bird. No luck at all to get pictures of the terns in flight. But I got some practice out of it. But birds in flight, I don't know if it helps with practice. It is darn hard.

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybrida, Chlidonias hybridus, นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว
Whiskered Tern - นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybrida, Chlidonias hybridus, นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว
Whiskered Tern - นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Pond Heron in winter plumage

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Great Egret and Pond Heron in front of the boat

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Little Egret in front of the boat

Great Egret / Great White Heron - นกยางโทนใหญ่
Great Egret / Great White Heron - นกยางโทนใหญ่

Great Egret / Great White Heron - นกยางโทนใหญ่
Great Egret and Little Egrets

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Moo Ban Pramong

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Leaving Moo Ban Pramong

I could see the boat we used on my first whale watching trip passing us on the river. She was steaming towards the open sea and I could see the guide that have been on board on all my trips. So they have many guests and have to use two boats today. They passed us and we left the jetty and followed them out towards the open sea.

We looked at birds on the way out and we spotted two Brahminy kite sitting on the roof of a temple looking building in the sea. So with the Brahminy kite I spotted at the jetty it is three of them today. Leaving the temple behind and we were on the open sea. Now we just need to find the whales.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Reaching the open sea

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand

We were steaming for a few hours keeping our eyes out for whales. We heard on the radio that one boat had spotted 2 Brydes Whales and we changed course to go have a look. We spotted 2 whales swimming around and we could get some pictures. The other company boat was next to us looking at the whales.

20 or 30 minutes and the whales were gone again and we left the area in search for other whales. My new friend from India had been hoping for some gulls. I had told him already before the jetty that I had been here before and I will most likely not see any gulls.
- But there will be plenty terns.

We never spotted any gulls but plenty Common and Whiskered terns. I kept my eyes out for Crested Terns but no Crested around, at least not any that I could see.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
They have spotted 2 Brydes whales

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
They have spotted 2 Brydes whales

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Floating palm tree

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
My new friends having lunch

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
My new friends having lunch

It was nice to see the whales, of course, I still want to see them sticking up their heads with open mouths with the birds eating from the mouths. Humpbacks are for sure more funny to watch with breaching and flapping and slapping. But it happens that the Brydes Whale are breaching so you never know what you will see.

Lunch time and I had my energy bars. My new friends tried to get me to eat but chilli is not my favourite. We were going around looking for whales and we spotted another whale but it was soon gone. We were surrounded by Common Terns sitting on debris in the sea and I tried to get pictures.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand - Common Tern
Common Tern

We left the open sea starting to steam back towards the restaurant and the pier in Moo Ban Pramong, Samut Sakhon. The other boat calls on the radio, there are two whales ahead of us and we get one more whale session today. I was laying in the AC saloon when the crew come to tell me that they had spotted 2 whales.

I go out on deck and I see two whales enjoying themselves swimming around and I got some more pictures before we started to steam back to the harbour.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Brydes Whale

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Whale Watchers

We left the whales behind and we had seen a total of 5 Brydes Whales during the day. I was happy and I decided to call to see if they have any seats for the next weekend. I went down to the AC lounge and I laid down on the small seat and I went back on deck when we approached the shore line. Sitting up front looking out for birds, but now it started to get dark.

We were approaching Mo Baan Pramong and the restaurant and the pier is the first building on the right hand side. Now there were some guests at the restaurant and there is also dinner guests at all the other restaurants. Something I had not expected, this area to be a tourist destination.

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Approaching shore

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Back at the Mo Baan Pramong

Bird / Whale watching with Wild Encounter Thailand
Back at the restaurant

We got in to the van and we took off towards downtown Bangkok. I was back home at 19 thirty and I learned that the boats were full for the next weekend. But Monday 14 October is a holiday and they have seats. I booked a seat for me and I have booked our own boat for Tuesday 15 October. So there will be more chances to see whales before I fly to Ethiopia to look for birds. Click HERE to find out if I have any luck with the whales.

Bird watching trip report



       
                  
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