16 May 2020

Bird watching trip report


Introduction

All National Parks are closed because of the Wuhan Virus. Malls and markets are open so, well, maybe there is a point of having the national parks closed. Anyway, we decided to go to check out some of the eBird hotspots in the Khao Yai area. It is not like the birds stay within the National Park limits.

I was hoping to see a Hornbill or two. My friend spotted two hornbills but I missed them.

We have planned to visit three eBird hotspots today:

1) Khao Yai NP--North gate & Chao Por Khao Yai Shrine vicinity

2) Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort

3) Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands

To skip the information and to go straight to the TRIP REPORT click HERE


Guide

There are many Guide companies in Khao Yai. You can also book tours with guides from Bangkok. Thai National Parks web page offer Guided Tours, click HERE to find out more.

Land transportation

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
North entrance about 180 km from DOWN TOWN Bangkok
South entrance about 134 km from 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 about two and a half hours reach the area. You rent the taxi for a full day and it will set you back with about 2000-3000 Baht depending on distances etc. (May 2020). To make sure that the driver understand you can show the below Thai Script:
• Khao Yai National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาใหญ่

Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map to Northern Entrance Gate

Scan for map to Northern Entrance Gate


Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map to Southern Entrance Gate


Scan for map to Soutern Entrance Gate


There is public transport and many options to get to Khao Yai. Have a look at the “Get there & Stay” Thai National Parks web page section. But remember that it is not allowed to enter the park by foot. And the distances between the different points of interest require a car.

Many hotels offer pick up service in Bangkok.


Accommodation

There is a whole lot of hotels in the area. And many hotels offer car and guide service. Just look on internet and Thailand NAtional Parks have excellent information - They have listed some of the popular places at the “Get there & Stay” section.

I have stayed at the Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort. And this area is also an eBird hotspot

Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort


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, Thailand is darn hot! But coming up the mountains in Khao Yai and you will need some warm clothing during the winter. It can be freezing cold in the morning and I talk from experience.

Below charts covering Prachin Buri, Khao Yai extends in to the province Prachin Buri and this is the closest area at the web site http://www.climatemps.com But remember the cold mornings during the winter.

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

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


Khao Yai National Park has three main seasons, with an annual mean temperature of 23° Celsius, though this varies greatly with the seasons.

• Rainy season (May–October): Most days have high rates of precipitation. The atmosphere is humid with average temperatures of 27 °C during the day dropping to 13 °C at night. Streams at peak flow.

• Cool season (November–February): Clear skies, sunny and cool. Average temperatures of 22 °C during the day and 10 °C at night. Good time for hiking.

• Hot season (March–April): Humid with daytime temperatures of 20–30 °C and 17 °C at night.


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.

Thai National Parks - About Khao Yai National Park A very good web page with interactive map and a lot of information about Khao Yai National Park. Here is also information about guides and hotels.

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.


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

Khao Yai


Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Many eBird hotspots around Khao Yai

Established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park, it is the third largest national park in Thailand. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. The main checkpoint of the park is 180 km from Bangkok.

The park covers an area of 2,168 km², including rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. 1,351 meters high Khao Rom is the highest mountain within the park. The average altitude of the national park ranges from 400 to 1,000 meters.

Khao Yai is part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex; a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, covering 5 protected areas from Khao Yai to Cambodian border. The other protected areas are; Pang Sida National Park, Thap Lan National Park, Ta Phraya National Park and Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary.

The rainy season is May to October with high humidity and with the most rainfall in september. The rest of the year is quite dry. November to February are the winter months with cooler weather and average temperatures of 22 °C during the day and down to 9-10 °C during the night.

From https://www.thainationalparks.com


Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Careful on the roads around Khao Yai

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Elephant roaming around

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
There are deer in the park

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Gibbon

There are many eBird hotspots in the National Park and around the National Park. 416 species have been reported in Khao Yai so there is a lot of birds. And you can see Hornbills in the area. Avibase check list for Khao Yai have 4 different Hornbills:
• Great Hornbill
• Brown Hornbill
• Oriental Pied-Hornbill
• Wreathed Hornbill

And while looking for birds there are chances to see elephants. There are also many gibbons in the trees. Deer, you will grow tired of them as they come all the way up to you in the restaurant to beg for food. But you have a great chance to see Gibbons climbing around in the top of the trees.

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Northern entrance to the Khao Yai

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Northern entrance to the Khao Yai

There are many trails in the park and 14km from the northern entrance there is a visitor centre. There is a river and a restaurant plus several food stalls.

There are seven official trails of which most must be accompanied by either a guide or a ranger: Trail #1 | Visitor Center - Kong Kaeo Waterfall

Trail #2 | Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall - Haew Suwat Waterfall

Trail #3 | Km 33 - Nong Pak Chi Tower

Trail #4 | Dong Tiew - Sai Sorn Reservoir

Trail #5 | Dong Tiew - Nong Pak Chi Tower

Trail #6 | Visitor Center - Haew Suwat Waterfall

Trail #7 | Thai-American Friendship Trail

There are information about each trail on Thailand National Parks web page

Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands

Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands is an eBird hotspot about 40 km from the northern entrance to the Khao Yai National Park. My eBird track shows that I have been driving on water. But if you come during the dry season the water levels are very low and you can drive on dirt tracks.

You can see mussels on the remains of the trees sticking up from the ground while driving around. And it is a beautiful area to drive around on with streams lined with birds looking for food in the mud and water.

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Farmland SW of the dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Farmland SW of the dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Farmland SW of the dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Paved road west of Lam Takhong Dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Low water level in Lam Takhong Dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Low water level in Lam Takhong Dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Driving in the dry part of Lam Takhong Dam
The tree stubs sticking up are covered with mussels

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Driving in the dry part of Lam Takhong Dam
The tree stubs sticking up are covered with mussels

Driving along the dirt tracks and streams in the dry part of Lam Takhong Dam was a beautiful experience. I could see mussels (now dead) on the remains of the dead trees.

And there was a lot of birds. Cattle Egret, never reported before but as the dry parts of the Lam Takhong Dam was full of cattle there was many Cattle Egrets around. And they were in their beautiful breeding plumage

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

Khao Yai National Park 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


We left my condo at 6 o'clock in the morning and it was light traffic driving towards the northern entrance to Khao Yai. We left Bangkok on road #1 and when we reach Saraburi we got on road #2. We leave road #2 in Muak Lek and now we are driving through a beautiful landscape.

We reach the northern entrance and the park was really closed so we had to park the car at the entrance.

We get out of the car and I walk across the road and I spot one Common Tailor bird and a few Scaly-breasted Munia. It was a bit tricky to get pictures.

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

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

Common Tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius, นกกระจิบธรรมดา

We went out in the forest and when we came back to the entrance area, I think the staff dwellings and we saw a bird landing behind a motorcycle. I investigating and it was a female White-rumped Shama busy building a nest in one of the storage containers on the motorcycle. What to do?

Trash the nest? The bird will be busy for a full day and in the afternoon the motorcycle will go back home and they will lose the nest. But I hope the motorcycle will be parked for another month or so.


Nest building

A female was busy building a nest on a motorcycleand she was a little scared when I approached.

And the White-rumped Shama is really not scared normally. They can come up and almost sit on you. I have almost stamped on a few of them standing next to me and I have not seen them.

I almost soil myself when they take off just next to me. Anyway, she collected building material and she landed on a pole keeping an eye on me. Then she jumped to the motorcycle. After a while she didn't care about me and she landed right on the motorcycle and in to the nest.

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
Female with building material landing to keep an eye on me

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
Female with building material jumping down on the motorcycle

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
Female inspecting the nest

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
Now she is used to me and fly straight for the motorcycle

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
Coming out from the nest

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
By now she really don't care about me

White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง
Male sitting guard while the female build the nest


White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus, นกกางเขนดง

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

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

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

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Yet another new friend

Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis, นกเอี้ยงสาริกา

Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis, นกเอี้ยงสาริกา
Common Myna / นกเอี้ยงสาริกา

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Today´s track at the North gate to Khao Yai NP


eBird

eBird Report


Khao Yai NP--North gate & Chao Por Khao Yai Shrine vicinity, Nakhon Ratchasima, TH May 16, 2020 08:40 - 09:49
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
7 species

Indochinese Roller 1
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1
Common Tailorbird 1
Black-crested Bulbul 1
Common Myna 2
Great Myna X
Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
White-rumped Shama 2 Pair building nest in motorcycle
Scaly-breasted Munia 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69121359

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

We left the northern entrance to go look for a coffee shop to have breakfast. We found Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai and we stopped to see if they were open. They were open but no indoor seating because of the Wuhan Virus. But we could sit outside and they brought a table for us.

Up in the mountain and it was a comfy temperature and a gorgeous morning.

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand - Queen of Bakery
Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand - Queen of Bakery
Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand - Queen of Bakery
Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand - Queen of Bakery
Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai

Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai

We left Queen of Bakery @Khao Yai and next stop is the eBird hotspot Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort and we would not have been able to find the hotspot without the GPS. And when we arrive we discover that this was the very same hotel that we had stayed at back in 2015.

We parked the car and we ran in to a Red-wattled Lapwing two minutes later. The bird started to call and the bird was calling non-stop and the bird even followed us calling all the time.

Listen to the Red-wattled Lapwing

Remarks from the Recordist

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

The bird called non-stop from we arrived until we left. Most likely a nest close by


www.xeno-canto.org

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand - Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort
Feral Pigeon

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand - Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort
Feral Pigeon

It was darn hot to walk around the area and we spotted some birds but not many as I think most of the birds are taking cover in the shadow. I saw some birds that looked like Sooty-headed Bulbuls and some other birds flying in and out of the trees.

There were pigeons and doves and I discovered the beautiful White-rumped Munia in the tree busy building a nest above the car. I tried to get some pictures but it was impossible.

Birding/ Bird watching at Khao Yai, Thailand
Today´s track at Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort


eBird

eBird Report


Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort, Nakhon Ratchasima, TH May 16, 2020 10:45 - 11:17
Protocol: Traveling
0,75 kilometer(s)
7 species

Feral Pigeon 1
Red Collared Dove 2
Red-wattled Lapwing 2
Common Myna 1
Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
White-rumped Munia 2
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69123493

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

We left Khao Yai Nature Life & Tours Resort and we will make one more stop before we drive back to Bangkok. We will visit the eBird hotspot Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands Didn't take long to reach the area but we could not see the dam. The levels are very low in the Lam Takhong Dam.

We entered the first dirt track and this track took us through a farmland but not so many birds. Back on the paved road and we drove along the Lam Takhong Dam getting out on the dry parts of the Lam Takhong Dam on dirt tracks from the paved road. And you will pass ponds driving along the paved roads

Oriental Pratincole, Glareola maldivarum, นกแอ่นทุ่งใหญ่

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Driving on the paved road along Lam Takhong Dam

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Black-winged Stilt

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Asian Openbill

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Great Egret

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Down at the water front

When we reach the water front we discover plenty cattle and with the cattle we have the Cattle Egret. There are also a lot of people collecting sea food in the Lam Takhong Dam.

There is a lot of Egrets, Pond Herons and Openbills along the streams. Paddyfield Pippits and Zitting Cisticolas are flying around. At least I think it is Zitting Cisticolas, all the warblers, well, next to impossible to ID the warblers.

Pied Myna, Asian Pied Starling, Gracupica contra, นกอีแจว

Pied Myna, Asian Pied Starling, Gracupica contra, นกอีแจว
Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling / นกอีแจว

Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus coromandus, นกยางควาย

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
It is a beautiful area
We can see the elevated highway #2 in the horizon

Zitting Cisticola, फिरफिरे, Cisticola juncidis, นกยอดข้าวหางแพนลาย

Paddyfield Pipit, Oriental Pipit, Anthus rufulus, นกเด้าดินทุ่งเล็ก

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

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

Listen to the Paddyfield Pippit

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Sitting next to the dirt track singing / calling


www.xeno-canto.org


Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Asian Openbill

Chinese Pond Heron, Ardeola bacchus, นกยางกรอกพันธุ์จีน

Birding/ Bird watching at Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Thailand
Today´s track at Lam Takhong Dam


eBird

eBird Report


Lam Takhong Dam--Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands, Nakhon Ratchasima, TH May 16, 2020 11:50 - 13:12
Protocol: Traveling
10.25 kilometer(s)
14 species

Red Collared Dove 2
Zebra Dove X
Black-winged Stilt 1 Many
Red-wattled Lapwing X Many
Little Ringed Plover 1
Oriental Pratincole 1
Asian Openbill 10
Little Egret X Many
Cattle Egret X 50++
Chinese Pond Heron 1
Zitting Cisticola 3
Asian Pied Starling 2
Great Myna X
Paddyfield Pipit 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69124848

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

We drove back to Bangkok and I was happy with the day. Back in Bangkok and we picked up a friend and we went to eat at Sweeter Day that turned out to be closed. We went next door and as social distancing was in effect we had to experience a strange seating arrangement.

Social distancing in Bangkok
We had to sit at one table each
When we were ready we went out in the car again

Social distancing in Bangkok
We had to sit at one table each

Social distancing in Bangkok
We had to sit at one table each


I will be back when they open Khao Yai National Park again. But next bird watching will be at the bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun (Tham Prathun Temple) in Chon Buri. And I hope to see the Blue-winged Pitta and of course, some other exciting birds from the hide.

Click HERE to find out what kind of birds showing up at the bird hide.


Bird watching trip report



       
                  
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
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

Sprechen sie Deutsch! Kein problem! Wenn Sie die folgende Seite sehen wollen gerade klicken der Knopf “Next” oben!

คุณพูดภาษาไทยได้ไหม ไม่มีปัญหา ถ้าคุณต้องการไปหน้าถัดไป ให้กดปุ่ม “Next” ข้างบนนี้

Вы говорите по-русски? Просто нажмите синюю кнопку "Next" с левой стороны и Вы моментально переместитесь на следующую страницу!

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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