Birding/ Bird watching in Kaeng Krachan

Monday 15th of June 2020 and my Guide was waiting when I came out for breakfast. We will leave at 6 thirty so I have plenty time for breakfast. 6 thirty and it is still not enough light for pictures. But it will take a little time to drive to the birding site. We will start at the eBird hotspot Kaeng Krachan NP--Hin Lad, the same hotspot that we finished with yesterday.

We decided to come back here early today to look for Great Hornbills. The Pied Oriental Hornbill is very common here but we had not seen the Great Hornbill. They are usually high up in the trees and as it was getting dark yesterday we never saw the bird. So hopefully today.

Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP - Breakfast at Baan Maka Nature Lodge
Last breakfast at Baan Maka Nature Lodge

Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP - Breakfast at Baan Maka Nature Lodge
Last breakfast at Baan Maka Nature Lodge

We left Baan Maka Nature Lodge turning left at the gate following the gravel road for a few minutes and we stopped at 06:39. We had a Chinese Francolin crossing the road in front of us. Too far away for any good pictures. But I managed to get a recording of the bird.

Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP Baan Maka Nature Lodge - Chinese Francolin
Chinese Francolin

Listen to the Chinese Francolin

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity

300 meter after having left the Baan Maka Nature Lodge early morning when I left to go birding and this Chinese Francolin crossed the road in front of us.

Too far away for any pictures but as the bird had never been reported in eBird before I wanted a picture for my report.

So I want to put the picture even if it is bad.

One bird crossed the gravel road one bird on each side of the road calling each other.


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Gravel road 300 meter from Baan Maka Nature Lodge, Phetchaburi, TH Jun 15, 2020 06:39
Protocol: Incidental
Checklist Comments: We stop when one Chinese Francolin crossing the gravel road ahead of us
3 species

Chinese Francolin 1

Very bad picture as the bird is far away. But according to eBird never reported before so I want to put the picture even if it is bad.

One bird crossed the gravel road one bird on each side calling each other.

300 meter after having left the Baan Maka Nature Lodge early morning when I left to go birding


Lesser Coucal 2
Sooty-headed Bulbul 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70445414

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


We continue after a few minutes when the bird disappeared in to the scrub. We approach the eBird hotspot “Kaeng Krachan NP--Khao Sam Yot Reservoir and vicinity” and we stop to have a look at the birds in the trees.

There are quite a few of them, but to get pictures was another story. But I got a recording before we left continuing towards Hin Lad.

Listen to the Indochinese Bush Lark

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity

Lonely bird sitting on top of a bush singing


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Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP--Khao Sam Yot Reservoir and vicinity, Thailand
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--Khao Sam Yot Reservoir and vicinity

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Kaeng Krachan NP--Khao Sam Yot Reservoir and vicinity, Phetchaburi, TH Jun 15, 2020 07:37 - 07:43
Protocol: Traveling
0.33 kilometer(s)
6 species

Red-wattled Lapwing 3
Common Iora 1
Indochinese Bushlark 1
Black-crested Bulbul 1
Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
Crimson Sunbird 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70447305

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


We drive along road # 3410 approaching Hin Lad when we see a Lesser Coucal next to the road. We stop but no picture. We decide to drive out to see if we can find any birds in the field. Nothing exciting to see in the fields and the only picture I got was on a Green Bee-eater.

Green Bee-eater, Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, นกจาบคาเล็ก

Birding/ Bird watching at Tambon Khao Kra Puk, Chang Wat Phetchaburi, Thailand
Today's track at 3410, Tambon Khao Kra Puk

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3410, Tambon Khao Kra Puk, Chang Wat Phetchaburi, TH (12.753, 99.607), Phetchaburi, TH Jun 15, 2020 08:06 - 08:09
Protocol: Traveling
0.23 kilometer(s)
3 species

Zebra Dove 4
Lesser Coucal 1
Green Bee-eater 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70448261

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


We continued towards Hin Lad and we stopped at the field 100 meters or so before the check-point. There were many birds in the fields among them two Black-capped Orioles. I made my camera ready but the driver went out of the car and started to walk towards the birds playing the bird's call / song. Of course, the birds took off immediately and no pictures.

I was in the car boiling. What the duck! I could not believe my eyes, he walked around playing birds songs and after not long all the birds was gone. I told him to stay in the “ducking car”

Green-eared Barbet, Psilopogon faiostrictus, นกโพระดกหูเขียว

I managed to get a picture of a Green-eared Barbet before we left. Passing the check-point and we were soon spotting a Lesser Coucal next to the road and I was very lucky to get a picture. We continued up the mountain and we see two Small Buttonquails crossing the road in front of us. This was obviously something very special.

My driver was surprised when we spotted the Chinese Francolin outside Baan Maka Nature Lodge. But when he spotted the Buttonquails it turned black. He stood on the brakes and starting to jump up and down in the seat. I was in the back so I could see duck all.
- TURN THE CAR!

Lesser Coucal, Centropus bengalensis, นกกระปูดเล็ก
Lesser Coucal / นกกระปูดเล็ก

Lesser Coucal, Centropus bengalensis, นกกระปูดเล็ก
Lesser Coucal / นกกระปูดเล็ก

I never got any pictures of the birds. We continued up the mountain and no birds in the forest, at least now what we could see. I want to look for the Blue-winged Pitta before I go home to Bangkok and as the taxi will be here at 12 we turned around and drove back to Baan Maka Nature Lodge and I hope to get a picture of the Blue-winged Pitta.

Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP--Hin Lad, Thailand
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--Hin Lad

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--Hin Lad, Phetchaburi, TH Jun 15, 2020 08:20 - 09:32
Protocol: Traveling
9.1 kilometer(s)
12 species

Lesser Coucal 1
Red-wattled Lapwing 1
Small Buttonquail 2 Crossing the road
Oriental Pied-Hornbill 4
Green-eared Barbet 1
Greater Yellownape 1
Black-hooded Oriole 2
Ashy Woodswallow 6
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1
Sooty-headed Bulbul 3
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush 1
Oriental Magpie-Robin 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70450819

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


Back at Baan Maka and I start the eBird app and I start by going down to the lake. On the way I see the I see the Blue Whistling-Thrush and of course the Great Mynas on the lawn. I see the White-breasted Waterhen and the Red-wattled Lapwing at the lake.

Walking back toward the restaurant and I join another guy in the hide. I didn't see the guy until I went inside and I had been there 5 minutes earlier to put worms in front of the hide.

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า
Blue-winged Pitta / นกศิวะปีกสีฟ้า

I was lucky, I had been there for just a few minutes when the Blue-winged Pitta. I managed to get a few pictures and I was very happy. We were soon joined by a Great Racket-tailed Drongo. I was almost 100% sure it was a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo but the tail streamers were missing.

I posted the pictures on Birdforum when I was back home and Nutcracker helped me out and I had now got my ID confirmed thank to Birdforum.

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus, นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงใหญ่
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo moulting and have no streamers

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus, นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงใหญ่
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo moulting and have no streamers

Thanks to Nutcracker at Birdforum for information about moulting.

Forum thread HERE


Birdforum


Moulting

In biology, moulting (British English), or molting (American English), also known as sloughing, shedding, or in many invertebrates, ecdysis, is the manner in which an animal routinely casts off a part of its body (often, but not always, an outer layer or covering), either at specific times of the year, or at specific points in its life cycle.

Moulting can involve shedding the epidermis (skin), pelage (hair, feathers, fur, wool), or other external layer. In some groups, other body parts may be shed, for example, wings in some insects or the entire exoskeleton in arthropods

In birds
In birds, moulting is the periodic replacement of feathers by shedding old feathers while producing new ones. Feathers are dead structures at maturity which are gradually abraded and need to be replaced. Adult birds moult at least once a year, although many moult twice and a few three times each year. It is generally a slow process as birds rarely shed all their feathers at any one time; the bird must retain sufficient feathers to regulate its body temperature and repel moisture.

The number and area of feathers that are shed varies. In some moulting periods, a bird may renew only the feathers on the head and body, shedding the wing and tail feathers during a later moulting period. Some species of bird become flightless during an annual "wing moult" and must seek a protected habitat with a reliable food supply during that time.

While the plumage may appear thin or uneven during the moult, the bird's general shape is maintained despite the loss of apparently many feathers; bald spots are typically signs of unrelated illnesses, such as gross injuries, parasites, feather pecking (especially in commercial poultry), or (in pet birds) feather plucking. Some birds will drop feathers, especially tail feathers, in what is called a "fright moult".

The process of moulting in birds is as follows: First, the bird begins to shed some old feathers, then pin feathers grow in to replace the old feathers. As the pin feathers become full feathers, other feathers are shed. This is a cyclical process that occurs in many phases. It is usually symmetrical, with feather loss equal on each side of the body.

Because feathers make up 4–12% of a bird's body weight, it takes a large amount of energy to replace them. For this reason, moults often occur immediately after the breeding season, but while food is still abundant. The plumage produced during this time is called postnuptial plumage. Prenuptial moulting occurs in red-collared widowbirds where the males replace their nonbreeding plumage with breeding plumage. It is thought that large birds can advance the moult of severely damaged feathers.

Determining the process birds go through during moult can be useful in understanding breeding, migration and foraging strategies. One non-invasive method of studying moult in birds is through using field photography. The evolutionary and ecological forces driving moult can also be investigated using intrinsic markers such as stable hydrogen isotope (δ2H) analysis.

In some tropical birds, such as the common bulbul, breeding seasonality is weak at the population level, instead moult can show high seasonality with individuals probably under strong selection to match moult with peak environmental conditions.

Forced moulting
In some countries, flocks of commercial layer hens are force-moulted to reinvigorate egg-laying. This usually involves complete withdrawal of their food and sometimes water for 7–14 days or up to 28 days under experimental conditions, which presumably reflect standard farming practice in some countries.

This causes a body weight loss of 25 to 35%, which stimulates the hen to lose her feathers, but also reinvigorates egg-production. Some flocks may be force-moulted several times. In 2003, more than 75% of all flocks were force-moulted in the US. Other methods of inducing a moult include low-density diets (e.g. grape pomace, cotton seed meal, alfalfa meal) or dietary manipulation to create an imbalance of a particular nutrient(s).

The most important among these include manipulation of minerals including sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), iodine (I) and zinc (Zn), with full or partially reduced dietary intakes.

From Wikipedia

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Garrulax monileger, นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Garrulax monileger, นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush / นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Garrulax monileger, นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush / นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Garrulax monileger, นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush / นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Garrulax monileger, นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush / นกกะรางสร้อยคอเล็ก

I was also lucky to get the Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush in front of the hide. Spotted the bird the first day and I got one picture but as the bird was soaking wet it is impossible to see how the looks like. So I was happy when I went to the restaurant to have my lunch.

Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP--Baan Maka Nature Lodge, Thailand
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--Baan Maka Nature Lodge

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--Baan Maka Nature Lodge, Phetchaburi, TH Jun 15, 2020 10:23 - 11:24
Protocol: Traveling
0.41 kilometer(s)
10 species

Spotted Dove 2
Plaintive Cuckoo 1 Heard only
White-breasted Waterhen 1
Red-wattled Lapwing 1
Blue-winged Pitta 1
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1 Moulting and missing the streamers
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush 1
Great Myna 3
White-rumped Shama 3
Blue Whistling-Thrush 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70453013

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


I finished my lunch and I went to my room and at 12 o'clock the taxi driver called. He was on the parking and I went out with my bags. We loaded the car and we were soon heading for Bangkok leaving Baan Maka Nature Lodge behind.

It had been a beautiful couple of days and I will soon be back again.

Birding/ Bird watching at Kaeng Krachan NP--Baan Maka Nature Lodge, Thailand
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--Baan Maka Nature Lodge

Next bird watching trip will be tomorrow and my friend will pick me up at 6 thirty tomorrow morning and we will go to explore the last eBirds hotspots at Phetchaburi Rice Fields.

I look forward to this and you just need to click HERE to find out if we find any birds.



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