27 May 2020

Bird watching trip report


Introduction

I was up at 4 and I checked the weather in Chonburi online and it looked to be good and I decided to visit the eBird hotspot at Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi. I called the taxi at 8 o'clock and he will be here to pick me up at 9 thirty and I expect to be in the bird hide around 11 o'clock.

We discovered that the bird hide was full so I left. I found 3 eBird hotspots nearby on eBird and they are on the way back to Bangkok.

1) Laem Chabang International Country Club

2) Nong Klang Dong Reservoir

3) Huai Saphan Reservoir

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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

Nong Klang Dong Reservoir

Huai Saphan Reservoir

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”



Nong Klang Dong Reservoir

When you reach the end of the western part of the golf course you stop the track for “Laem Chabang International Country Club” eBird app and you restart the app tracking “Nong Klang Dong Reservoir”

Turn right getting up on a very narrow dirt track. You are soon reaching some buildings, most likely cottages for the hotel.

Birding/ Bird watching at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Reaching the cottages

Birding/ Bird watching at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Driving along the dirt track

Birding/ Bird watching at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Driving along the dirt track

Birding/ Bird watching at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Driving along the dirt track

We drive along the “LOOP” and we come out to a maintenance area for the hotel / golf course. Turn right and drive through the maintenance area and you are reaching a path. Turn right and get up on the path.

This path goes along the Nong Klang Dong Reservoir and take you back to the cottages. I have not been here during the dry season, it might be better as now the grass and reeds are very high and everything is green and full of leafs. So it is not easy to see any birds.

Birding/ Bird watching at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Driving along the dirt track



Huai Saphan Reservoir

The eBird hotspot “Huai Saphan Reservoir is located nearby Laem Chabang International Country Club. I will not come back to this area again! Garbage thrown everywhere and it was not a very nice experience. South part of the Huai Saphan Reservoir is just a paved road ending up short dirt track.

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
End of the paved road

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Driving along the east side of the Huai Saphan Reservoir

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Huai Saphan Reservoir from the east side

Rainy season so the grass is very high and the bushes and trees are full of leafs. And the water front is full of people fishing disturbing the birds. Driving around the Huai Saphan Reservoir and there are dirt tracks going down to the water front. Some of the tracks are not accessible by a normal car.

If you get down to the water front you will discover people fishing and I only spotted one single egret and no other water birds at the Huai Saphan Reservoir. But there was many small birds in the reeds along the dirt tracks down to the water front.

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Huai Saphan Reservoir water front

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Dirt track to Huai Saphan Reservoir water front

The reservoir barrier is north of the reservoir and it is paved. OK to drive on even though there is a lot of pot holes. On the other side of the barrier you have trees around 15 meters below the barrier. There is also an “overflow” canal north of the barrier.

There is an “overflow” drainage at the NW corner of the reservoir. So this will be overflowing at the end of the rain season. The vegetation around the reservoir is thick as the rainy season have started. So to see birds in the vegetation is very hard. So I guess you will see more birds during the dry season.

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Huai Saphan Reservoir barrier



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


27 May 2020 and we left my condo at 9 thirty. I was up at 4 and I wanted to check out the weather, a waste of time to go visit the bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun (Tham Prathun Temple) if it is raining. Needs to be hot for the birds to come bathing and drinking. At 7 we had sunshine in Bangkok and the forecast said sun for Chonburi.

So I called the taxi and he will be here to pick me up at 9 thirty. We arrived around 11 and the bird hide was full. BIG DISAPPOINTMET! I found 3 eBird hotspot nearby, and they are on our way back to Bangkok. And we will start at the eBird hotspot “Laem Chabang International Country Club”

The first bird I see is a White-throated Kingfisher, well, expect for all the Mynas and I Barbet flying by me. Could only see the green back of the Barbet so I don't know what Barbet it was.

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
White-throated Kingfisher

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand

Paddyfield Pipit, Oriental Pipit, Anthus rufulus, นกเด้าดินทุ่งเล็ก
Paddyfield Pipit / นกเด้าดินทุ่งเล็ก

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Asian Openbill

Walking along the walk path (Golf Cart allowed) and I spot an Asian Openbill. We drive back to see if it is possible to rent a golf cart at the club house. With the golf cart we can drive along the paths and drive around the golf course to check out the ponds and other things on the golf course.

We are back where I had got out of the car and I spot two Eurasian Hoopoes foraging on the lawn next to the road.

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

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

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

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


Of course, it was not possible to rent a golf cart, only allowed to take pictures from the road as it is a private area. There is a lake behind the hotel and we went there to have a look for birds. We spotted a bunch of Scally-breasted Munia. Well, I don't recognise the bird until I use my new binocular.

Studying the birds and I discover one juvenile Green Bee-eater sitting behind one of the Munias.

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Scally-breasted Munia and a Green Bee-eater making friends

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Juvenile Green Bee-eater


We start to drive towards the next hotspot Nong Klang Dong Reservoir that is just next to the golf court on the west side of the Laem Chabang International Country Club. We drive west and I see one Green-billed Malkoha sitting on a wire. And the bird was not scared, just sitting there and the bird didn't bothered about me.

And isn't it typical? The bird was not scared but the bird was between me and the sun so pictures not any good.

I was busy trying to get pictures of the Green-billed Malkohan when a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo came in and landed on the wire. The bird just sat there and it looked to come straight from the bath. I tried to give a whistle. The bird responded.

I gave a few whistles and the bird responded every time, and I'll be darned! Sounded like the bird was mimicking me. The bird took off and landed in a tree and I forgot that I had to make a recording. A quick whistle and the bird responded and I got the recording. I walked back to the taxi and we continued towards west.

Green-billed Malkoha, Phaenicophaeus tristis, นกบั้งรอกใหญ่

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus, นกแซงแซวหางบ่วงใหญ่

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

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

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

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

Listen to the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Remarks from the Recordist


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

At Laem Chabang International Country Club and I spot 8 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.

One is very responsive, sitting on a wire quiet but answer my whistling. Not sure but is the bird mimic my whistle?

The bird fly across the road and I remember to make a recording and I whistle to start the bird


www.xeno-canto.org

We see many Red-wattled Lapwings on the way and we also spot one new bird that I have never seen before. SO I had to wait until I was back home to ID the bird. And I managed to get a picture so it should not be any problem to make the ID, Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully! Otherwise there is a lot of help at www.birdforum.org

We continued towards west and now we mostly spotted Red-wattled Lapwing. But I was very happy with the visit to the Laem Chabang International Country Club and I will come back.

Indochinese Bush Lark, Mirafra erythrocephala, Indochinese lark, นกจาบฝนปีกแดง

Birding/ Bird watching at Laem Chabang International Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand
Red-wattled Lapwing

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 May 27, 2020 11:49 - 13:55
Protocol: Traveling
8.94 kilometer(s)
19 species (+2 other taxa)

Zebra Dove 2
Greater Coucal 1
Green-billed Malkoha 1
Asian Koel X Heard only
Red-wattled Lapwing 11
Asian Openbill 5
Painted Stork 8
white egret sp. 1 Too far away for ID
pond heron sp. 2 To far away for ID. Look like Chinese on poor pic
Eurasian Hoopoe 11
White-throated Kingfisher 1
Green Bee-eater 1 Juvenile
Indochinese Roller 5
Coppersmith Barbet X Heard only
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 8
Indochinese Bushlark 1
Sooty-headed Bulbul 3
Common Myna 24 Many many
Great Myna 35 Many many
Scaly-breasted Munia 5
Paddyfield Pipit 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69702508

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

I turned off my eBird app and I started a new track immediately, now for eBird hotspot “Nong Klang Dong Reservoir” We turned right and we followed a small dirt track, the trees and bushes are full of leafs so it is not easy to see any birds.

We reach an open area with some cottages that I guess belong to the hotel.

There was a couple of Indian Rollers, now changed name to the Indochinese Roller and we had two Paddyfield Pipits on the lawn. Otherwise not many birds to be seen, most likely because all the fresh vegetation. Rainy season have started and BOOM! The grass and reed is growing like crazy.

Indian Roller, ठेउवा, Coracias benghalensis, นกตะขาบทุ่ง

Birding/ Bird watching at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Today's track at Nong Klang Dong Reservoir


eBird

eBird Report


Nong Klang Dong Reservoir, Chon Buri, TH May 27, 2020 13:56 - 14:14
Protocol: Traveling
1.33 kilometer(s)
5 species

Greater Coucal 2
Red-wattled Lapwing 2
Indochinese Roller 3
Great Myna 4
Paddyfield Pipit 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69702645

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

We leave the Nong Klang Dong Reservoir and we will stop at another eBird hotspot on the way to Bangkok, the “Huai Saphan Reservoir” The reservoirs are maybe 10 or 15 minutes apart and the “Huai Saphan Reservoir” turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. Mainly because of garbage. And people were fishing everywhere disturbing the birds.

Garbage thrown everywhere and the access to the reservoir consisted of dirt track and some of them were not accessible with a normal car. You would need an off road 4WD to get out there.

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Great Myna

We managed to get on one of the dirt tracks and there was a lot of birds in the reeds. Not a good area for taking pictures as the birds was sitting in the reeds. I spotted a Golden-headed Cisticola sitting in the reeds so it was very hard to get pictures.

And thanks to the pictures and my new book “Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij I could ID the bird. I spotted one Indochinese Bush Lark. There was a lot of other small birds flying around, but no pictures and I could not ID the birds.

Golden-headed Cisticola, Cisticola exilis, Bright-capped Cisticola, นกยอดข้าวหางแพนหัวแดง
Golden-headed Cisticola / นกยอดข้าวหางแพนหัวแดง

Golden-headed Cisticola, Cisticola exilis, Bright-capped Cisticola, นกยอดข้าวหางแพนหัวแดง
Golden-headed Cisticola / นกยอดข้าวหางแพนหัวแดง

Golden-headed Cisticola, Cisticola exilis, Bright-capped Cisticola, นกยอดข้าวหางแพนหัวแดง
Golden-headed Cisticola / นกยอดข้าวหางแพนหัวแดง

Birding/ Bird watching at Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chonburi, Thailand
Today's track at Huai Saphan Reservoir


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Huai Saphan Reservoir, Chon Buri, TH May 27, 2020 14:36 - 15:32
Protocol: Traveling
6.72 kilometer(s)
11 species

Feral Pigeon 1
Asian Koel X Heard only
Plaintive Cuckoo X Heard only
Red-wattled Lapwing 2
Little Egret 1
White-throated Kingfisher X Heard only
Indochinese Bushlark 1
Plain Prinia 1
Golden-headed Cisticola 1
Common Myna 2
Great Myna 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69703185

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

We were back in Bangkok around 5 o'clock in the afternoon. They will be here to work in my kitchen tomorrow so no bird watching. I will see when I can go next time, I really want to go back to Wat Tham Prathun, Chonburi. And I also want to go back to check out Laem Chabang International Country Club again

But this will not be until next week as I have left my glasses at the optician. Could be ready in 2 days but as I wanted “fog free” it would take a little longer and I expect them to be ready on Monday. So no birding before I have my glasses.

Social distancing dinner in Bangkok
Social distancing dinner in Bangkok

Social distancing dinner in Bangkok
Social distancing dinner in Bangkok

Social distancing dinner in Bangkok
Social distancing dinner in Bangkok

Social distancing dinner in Bangkok
Social distancing dinner in Bangkok

The dinner was good even though I was sceptic about the protective shield on the table. Well, maybe, anyway, the food was good and we have to live with this as it is Wuhan Virus times. I read in Bangkok post that it will be back to normal on the 1st of July. But I hope things return to normal in Thailand next week, the gym is opening on Monday and I hope the National Parks are opening as well.

I got a picture from Ribe Maersk and they are also continuing the protection against the Wuhan Virus, much of which I implemented when I was on board back in March.

Ribe Maersk
Protected against the Wuhan Virus on board Ribe Maersk

Next bird watching and I will come back to check out the Laem Chabang International Country Club again. You just need to click HERE to find out if I see any birds.


Bird watching trip report



       
                  
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So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
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