2 June 2020

Bird watching trip report


Introduction

Will visit the bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun and I will stop at Laem Chabang International Country Club on the way. My friend picked me up quarter past 6 and 10 minutes later it started to rain. It was pouring down and I was disappointed. But we were lucky, it stopped to rain before we arrived to Laem Chabang International Country Club. We had gorgeous weather while birding around the golf course.

1) Laem Chabang International Country Club

2) Wat Tham Prathun

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Guide

I usually don't use any bird watching Guide in / around Bangkok. But could be a good idea to have a Guide to help me identify all the birds I see. As it is now my eBird checklists are not very impressive as I can only ID half of the birds I see.


Land transportation


You will need a car and if you don't have your own a taxi is a very convenient way of travelling. Depending on the early morning traffic it will take 90 minutes to reach the area. You rent the taxi for a full day and it will set you back with about 2000-3000 Baht (May 2020) depending on distances etc. And of course, depending on your negotiation skills.

Chonburi have nice roads so it is easy enough to get around. But don't be surprised to find some of the birding areas under water or accessible only through dirt track in very poor condition. So don't be surprised if the taxi driver refuse to enter some roads. Or even to find some roads inaccessible.

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

Binocular
Steiner Skyhawk 8x32 (Since May 2020)


Weather / climate

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.

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

Thai National Parks - About the National Parks in Thailand A very good web page - Do you know that there are still wild tigers, elephants, leopards, tapirs, gaurs, bears and many monkey species in many tropical rainforests across Thailand? Do you also know that around 10% of all marine species in the world can be found in Thailand? And the fact that Thailand is the best bird-watching destination in mainland Asia?

National parks are protected areas of land because they have unspoilt landscapes and a diverse number of native plants and animals. There are 127 national parks in Thailand, of them 22 marine national parks. These parks offers a diverse range of flora and fauna, home to important population of endangered species.
So now it will be easy to find out if there are any National Park close to you.

Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) - The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) is one of the oldest Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST)organisations conserving birds and nature in Thailand and is the country partner of BirdLife International. BCST's role to the local community is to spread awareness about urban birds and reconnect people back to nature.

The Logo
Dated back to 1986 when BCST was then a loosely-formed “Bangkok Birdwatching Club”, the Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), or “Nok Gang Ken Baan” in Thai, has been chosen to represent the organisation.

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.

PBase/Peter Ericson - Peter Ericson, a guy I thought was from USA because of his family name. I met him at Lat Krabang Paddies in May 2020 and turned out that he was Swedish. Anyway, I have used his excellent page PBase since 2016 as help to ID birds by the help from his beautiful bird pictures.

Here you can also find information about birding tours.

He is also having a Blog - Thaibirds and more with interesting information.

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.


The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership - The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership is a network of partners within the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) aims to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them.

The Flyway is one of 9 major migratory routes recognised globally. Partners include National Governments, Inter-Governmental Organisations, International Non-governmental Organisations, and International Private Enterprise, which agree to endorse the text and support the objectives and actions under this Partnership.

Thailand have three Flyway Network Sites - www.eaaflyway.net/thailand to find more information.
Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bia Flyway Site
Khok Kham Flyway Site
Krabi Estuary and Bay

www.tideschart.com GET THE LATEST TIDES IN THAILAND AND AROUND THE WORLD - A must to check out times for HIGH and LOW water when going to look for waders / shorebirds.

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 their 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

I have been very happy with the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson” But I had a fire in my condo 2019 and I needed to buy a new book. I was looking for the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson” as I liked the book. But this book is not available anymore so I had to buy the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand” by Craig Robson.

What a disappointment this was, using the pictures in the book didn't helped to ID any birds.

“Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij


I met Peter Ericson, a famous bird watcher and he recommended the “Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij. I bought the book as soon as the book stores opened after the Wuhan virus. And I am very happy with the book and I have managed to ID some birds using the book.

Birds of Thailand by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij

This new field guide will help you identify all 1049 species to have been recorded in the country to date, including the 20 species endemic or near-endemic to Thailand.

-Taxonomy follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.

-Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.

-Almost 2200 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.

-QR code for each species, linking to the Internet Bird Collection gallery of photos, videos and sounds.

-More than 1025 full-colour range maps for all species other than vagrants.

-Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.

-Local species name and local conservation status included.


I like the book, but I miss the picture index.


Places to visit

Chonburi

eBird hot spots in Chonburi
eBird hotspots in Chonburi

Chonburi (ชลบุรี) is one of Thailand's seventy-six provinces (changwat) lies in eastern Thailand. Its capital is Chonburi. To the west is the Gulf of Thailand. The province's population has grown rapidly, with some 1.7 million residents. The registered population as of 31 December 2018 was 1.535 million.

From Wikipedia


You can find many eBird hotspots at ebird.org

I will explore 3 Chonburi eBird hotspots today that I have never visited before, have a look at the hotspots by CLICKING the names below:

Laem Chabang International Country Club

Wat Tham Prathun

eBird hot spots in Chonburi
Today's eBird hotspots in Chonburi

Laem Chabang International Country Club

Birding/ Bird watching in Chonburi, Thailand
About 128 km from the Sukhumvit / Asoke intersection in DOWN TOWN Bangkok

Scan for map to Laem Chabang International Country Club


Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map to Laem Chabang International Country Club


Get on the Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway in Bangkok / Route #7 and leave route #7 south of Chonburi at the Laem Chabang exit. Get up on road #3701 and run south next to the motorway on the Motorway 7 Frontage Road for about 8km.

When you reach the intersection with road #3009 you turn left and drive for about 5 km and it is impossible to miss the entrance to Laem Chabang International Country Club on your right hand side.

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Taking left at first intersection driving along the golf course

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Walking towards the buildings

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Walking along the golf course

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Walking along the golf course

Enter the gate and you soon have an option, go straight or turn left. Turning left and you drive along the golf course. There are ponds and lakes along the way. You are soon reaching a T junction. To the left you have building. Walk down towards the buildings and you walk over the water on bridges.

I spotted Kingfishers and Barbets in this area.

If you choose to go straight the road you are better off walking. There is a track along the golf course and you walk next to the water and it is a very beautiful area.

If you go straight at the first intersection when coming inside the gate you reach the Club House / Hotel. And there is a lot of birds. I spotted 10 Hoopoes on the lawns next to the road. It is a huge area and you are only allowed to be on the roads.

Golf Cart

I had an idea, to rent a golf cart to go around the golf court looking for birds.

I asked at the golf club if it was possible to rent a golf cart but it was not possible. And I was only allowed to take pictures from the road as it was a private area.

So now you don't need to waste your time asking to rent a golf cart


If you drive past the Club House / Hotel you end up at a lake that you can drive around and you will see Storks and birds associated with water. In the grass and trees along the road you have plenty birds.

If you choose to turn right towards west before reaching the Club House / Hotel you will end up at the eBird hotspot “Nong Klang Dong Reservoir” after having been driving along the gold course with many birds. Just to stop the eBird app and restart the app using the hotspot “Nong Klang Dong Reservoir”



Wat Tham Prathun

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
About 135 km from the Sukhumvit / Asoke intersection in DOWN TOWN Bangkok

You will need a car and if you don't have your own a taxi is a very convenient way of travelling. Depending on the early morning traffic it will take 90 minutes to reach the area. You rent the taxi for a full day and it will set you back with about 2000-3000 Baht (May 2020) depending on distances etc. And of course, depending on your negotiation skills.

To make sure that the driver understand you can show the below Thai Script:

• Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburiวัดถ้ำประทุน, ชลบุรี

Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map


Scan for map


Get up on the Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway in Bangkok and follow route 7. The motorway will change to Chonburi - Pattaya Highway in Chonburi but it is still Route #7. When you come to the huge junction west of Pattaya you exit to road #36 and follow route #36 towards SE for about 2 km when you turn left in to road #3240. After about 3km you turn left in to a very small road and you will be at the temple after a few minutes

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
Follow road #3240 and turn left at the sign วัดถ้ำประทุน (Wat Tham Prathun)

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
Turn of road #3240 and follow the small road to the temple

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
Take off road #3240 and follow the small road to the temple

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
You reach the gate

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
Keep right coming in to the temple

You reach a gate and you keep right after passing through the gate and turn right at the very small road, I think the third, 2 two first roads were closed by booms. There are not much parking space, but never mind, there is not much space in the hide, 6 to 8 people only, so if you cannot park you are better off leaving the place and go birding somewhere else.

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
Park the car and walk down to the right

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
Walk for 50 meters

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
You have a building on the left hand side

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
At the bird hide

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
The bird hide

I don't know, but the Wat Tham Prathun is known for nothing I have heard off. Searching the internet and it is most about birds. One guy asked the temple if he could build a bird hide at the temple overlooking the forest. He made a bird bath and the birds come here to bath. And I was here both during wet and dry condition.

Arriving the day after heavy rain and there is water all over the area and I didn't see any birds at the hide. No rain and there was plenty birds bathing.

Of course, you should be here at the height of the day when it is hot. There is a small hose (Grey coloured April and May 2020) going out to the birth bath. Open the valve to fill up the bath and the sound of water helps to attract the birds.

Keep the water on or turn it off if you want, the water is coming down from above so it can be in the way for the birds when taking pictures of the birds bathing.

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
View from the bird hide

And after visiting here I ordered a “Walkstool Comfort” Sturdy built in Sweden and I used on sitting in the tent during nights back in 2019 when I was in Sweden to look for the Western Capercaillie lek. Anyway, after having been in the bird hide here at Wat Tham Prathun I decided to buy a sturdy stool for my bird watching.

There are plastic chairs in the hide, but they are not comfortable at all. And the “Walkstool Comfort” is easy to bring and it can come in handy while birding.



Bird checklist

I never use any bird lists, but since I try to make it in to Cloudbirders. A very helpful site when planning your birding trips. But they ask for a bird checklist, and if I use their service, of course I want to contribute as well. My two first bird watching trip reports was rejected by Cloudbirders.

So I started to take ideas from the reports I found on Cloudbirders. So I have started to use bird lists, eBird generate one for me and I can post it on Cloudbirders. I will post my birds on eBird and on my different “BIRDS THAT I HAVE OBSERVED” pages.

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

Check lists 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

Chonburi bird checklist from Avibase, click HERE - eBird version 2019 taxonomy

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.


Trip Report


2 June 2020 and we left my condo around 6 thirty. The original plan was for my friend to pick me up at 7, then he called to say that he would be here at 06:15. He called and told me that he was stuck in traffic and he would be 10 minutes late.

Birding/ Bird watching in Chonburi, Thailand
The team is here to pick me up

We left and it was soon raining. It was poring down all the way until we left the motorway. It was dry and the sun was shining so we were very happy when we reached Laem Chabang International Country Club. We enter the gate and they check our temp to try to detect any Wuhan Virus.

We spot a couple of hopes after a few hundred meters. And my friend was happy as he like the Hoopoe very much. And I was happy as I managed to get a few pictures I was happy with. We continue and we are passing one Green Bee-eater sitting on a branch hunting for insects.

Taking off catching an insect and back to the branch to look for more food.

Eurasian Hoopoe, फाप्रे चरा, Upupa epops, นกกะรางหัวขวาน
Eurasian Hoopoe / นกกะรางหัวขวาน

Eurasian Hoopoe, फाप्रे चरा, Upupa epops, นกกะรางหัวขวาน
Eurasian Hoopoe / นกกะรางหัวขวาน

Eurasian Hoopoe, फाप्रे चरा, Upupa epops, นกกะรางหัวขวาน
Eurasian Hoopoe / นกกะรางหัวขวาน

Ashy Woodswallow, Artamus fuscus, นกแอ่นพง
Ashy Woodswallow - นกแอ่นพง


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

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

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

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Merops leschenaulti, Bay-headed Bee-eater, นกจาบคาหัวสีส้ม
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater / นกจาบคาหัวสีส้ม

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Merops leschenaulti, Bay-headed Bee-eater, นกจาบคาหัวสีส้ม
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater / นกจาบคาหัวสีส้ม

There were a lot of birds in the NE corner. Ashy Woodswallow, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Indian Rollers and Barbets. I really tried to get a picture of the barbet, most likely a Lineated, but as I was not sure I never reported the bird. We drove towards the lake behind the club house and this time we approached from East.

There were many Green Bee-eaters and I also spotted a Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

We made a U-turn when we reached the lake and we drove back again and we spotted Scaly-breasted Munias and strangely enough, I managed to get some pictures of the very shy bird.

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia / นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia / นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia / นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata, นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู, Spotted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia / นกกระติ๊ดขี้หมู

Indochinese Bush Lark, Mirafra erythrocephala, Indochinese lark, นกจาบฝนปีกแดง
Indochinese Bush Lark / นกจาบฝนปีกแดง

Indochinese Bush Lark, Mirafra erythrocephala, Indochinese lark, นกจาบฝนปีกแดง
Indochinese Bush Lark / นกจาบฝนปีกแดง

Indochinese Bush Lark, Mirafra erythrocephala, Indochinese lark, นกจาบฝนปีกแดง
Indochinese Bush Lark / นกจาบฝนปีกแดง

The area is full of Indochinese Bush Larks and we passed one sitting on a pole singing very loud. Against the light so the pictures was not any good and that’s even though the bird was sitting there for a very long time.

But the bird took off by the time I had my bird song recorder ready, darn! We continued towards the club house and we passed another Hoopoe. I didn't see many Common Mynas today, but there was at least 50 Great Mynas. Not easy to get pictures of the mynas but I managed to get a few pictures when we had passed the club house towards the lake.

Reaching the lake and I spot two Lesser Coucals and I managed to ID the bird with a picture, black eye and it is a Lesser Coucal. Red eye and it is a Greater Coucal. But the picture was very poor, just enough for ID.

Eurasian Hoopoe, फाप्रे चरा, Upupa epops, นกกะรางหัวขวาน
Eurasian Hoopoe / นกกะรางหัวขวาน

Great Myna, Acridotheres grandis, นกเอี้ยงหงอน
Great Myna / นกเอี้ยงหงอน

Great Myna, Acridotheres grandis, นกเอี้ยงหงอน
Great Myna / นกเอี้ยงหงอน

Great Myna, Acridotheres grandis, นกเอี้ยงหงอน
Great Myna / นกเอี้ยงหงอน

Lesser Coucal
Very bad picture, to be used for ID only - Lesser Coucal with black eye


Listen to the Ashy Woodswallow

Remarks from the Recordist

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

5 birds sitting on a wire, in the end we hear the noisy bird taking off


www.xeno-canto.org

We spotted one Little Cormorant and a few Asian Openbills. We reached the place where we did the U-turn earlier and we made a U-turn again. We passed the club house again and we drove towards west and we made a U-turn reaching the west end of the golf course.

Driving back to see if I could make a recording of the Indochinese Bush Lark. The Bush Larks was not there and we turned around to go back to the lake. And it started to rain on the way back to the gate. We spotted a White-breasted Waterhen crossing the road.

And as a bonus, we got to see a couple of Greater Racket-tailed Drongos sitting in the trees above the waterhen.

White-breasted Waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus, นกกวัก
White-breasted Waterhen / นกกวัก crossing the road

White-breasted Waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus, นกกวัก
White-breasted Waterhen / นกกวัก

White-breasted Waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus, นกกวัก
White-breasted Waterhen / นกกวัก

White-breasted Waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus, นกกวัก
White-breasted Waterhen / นกกวัก

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus, นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงใหญ่
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo / นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงใหญ่

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Today's track at Laem Chabang International Country Club

eBird

eBird Report


Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chon Buri, TH Jun 2, 2020 08:26 - 11:07
Protocol: Traveling
16.13 kilometer(s)
25 species

Feral Pigeon 2
Zebra Dove 7
Lesser Coucal 2
Green-billed Malkoha 1
Asian Koel X Heard only
White-breasted Waterhen 3
Red-wattled Lapwing 4
Asian Openbill 5
Little Cormorant 2
Eurasian Hoopoe 5
Green Bee-eater 5
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater 1 Eating insect sitting on a wire
Indochinese Roller 2
Ashy Woodswallow 7
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 3
Racket-tailed Treepie 1
Indochinese Bushlark 3
Plain Prinia 2
Sooty-headed Bulbul 7
Yellow-vented Bulbul 2
Asian Pied Starling 3
Common Myna 6
Great Myna 32
Scaly-breasted Munia 4
Plain-backed Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69957873

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

We left Laem Chabang International Country Club and we stopped for some tea and cake before continuing to the bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun. I was surprised to see another bird watcher arriving with us to the parking lot at the bird hide. It had been raining and I didn't expect anyone to be in the bird hide. And yet another birder arrived 10 minutes later.

Walking from the car and I spotted one White-rumped Shama sitting in the bamboo forest. The bird took off and I looked for the bird. I discovered the bird next to my left foot. The bird stared at my foot print, and suddenly! The bird attacked my foot print finding an insect.

I was instantly thinking about the North Island Robin on New Zealand. The bird was following me walking in the forest jumping from tree to tree looking at my feet for insects.

North Island Robin, Petroica longipes
Cascade Kauri, New Zealand - October 2017

Scratching the ground with the foot and the bird dived down to look for insects where I had scratched the ground. So the White-rumped Shama is not shy, they are happy to come up close. And I have been scared many times almost stepping on them not seeing them and they take off suddenly.

Listen to the White-rumped Shama

Remarks from the Recordist

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


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White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
White-rumped Shama / นกกางเขนดง

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
White-rumped Shama / นกกางเขนดง

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
White-rumped Shama / นกกางเขนดง

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
White-rumped Shama / นกกางเขนดง

Walkstool Comfort

This date goes down the history books as the first time I use my new Walk Stool® I sat up my stool and it was very comfortable to sit in the hide looking for birds. I had company by two Thai bird watches and we were chatting while waiting for the birds.

I received the Walk Stool® a very few days ago and I am really eager to get to the bird hide to try out the new Walk Stool®

Walkstool Comfort
My parcel arrived

Walkstool Comfort
Two new Walk Stool®

Walkstool Comfort
Light weight Walk Stool®

Walkstool Comfort
Looks comfy

Walkstool Comfort
It is comfy

The sun was showing up and the expectations was high. The light was good as long as it was sunshine. But it was soon getting gloomy and grey with a drizzle and it was too dark for any pictures and I left the hide.

Birding/ Bird watching at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi, Thailand
A new friend

Racket-tailed Treepie, Crypsirina temia, นกกาแวน
Racket-tailed Treepie / นกกาแวน

Racket-tailed Treepie, Crypsirina temia, นกกาแวน
Racket-tailed Treepie / นกกาแวน

Racket-tailed Treepie, Crypsirina temia, นกกาแวน
Racket-tailed Treepie / นกกาแวน

Puff-throated Babbler or Spotted Babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps, นกจาบดินอกลาย
Puff-throated Babbler / นกจาบดินอกลาย

Puff-throated Babbler or Spotted Babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps, นกจาบดินอกลาย
Puff-throated Babbler / นกจาบดินอกลาย

Puff-throated Babbler or Spotted Babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps, นกจาบดินอกลาย
Puff-throated Babbler / นกจาบดินอกลาย

Puff-throated Babbler or Spotted Babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps, นกจาบดินอกลาย
Puff-throated Babbler / นกจาบดินอกลาย


Leaving the hide and we walk down to check out the monk dwelling. One White-crested Laughingthrush and a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. We meet a monk and the Blue-winged Pitta had been there yesterday. So the Pitta is still in the area and I might give it one more try this year.

eBird

eBird Report


Wat Tham Prathun (Tham Prathun Temple), Chon Buri, TH Jun 2, 2020 12:06 - 14:10
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Malaysian Pied-Fantail 1
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1
Racket-tailed Treepie 2
Puff-throated Babbler 1
White-crested Laughingthrush 1
White-rumped Shama 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69959671

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

We drove back to Bangkok and I will see where to go next time it is time for bird watching. I think I will make a trip to Phetchaburi Ricefields. But now the rainy season have started so it might be cancelled. I changed my plan as I had seen that someone had reported a Tiger Shrike at Mahachai on eBird. So my next birding will be in the Mahachai. Click HERE to see if I find the Tiger Shrike


Bird watching trip report



       
                  
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Jiffy (also jiff)

noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

Marunong ka mag-tagalog? Walang problema! Magpunta sa kabilang pahina pindutin ang “NEXT” button sa itaas

Faites vous parlez le français? Pas de problème! Pour arriver à la page suivante faites s'il vous plaît un déclic le bouton “Next” ci-dessus!

Haga usted dice el español? No hay problema! Ver la siguiente página sólo hacer clic el botón “Next” encima!

Farla parla l'italiano? Non problemi! Per vedere la prossima pagina lo scatto per favore giusto Il bottone “Next” sopra

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E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

Flag of Skåne / Skånska flaggan Well, the flag of Skåne, just a BONUS flag.


                                       

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