15 May 2020
Lat Krabang, eBird hot spot Lat Krabang paddies is easy accesiable from Bangkok located just a little North-east of Suvarnabhumi International. It makes it a perfect bird watching destination if you have a few hours over when staying in Bangkok, 200 + checklists and 183 species observed as beginning of May 2020. So if you have a few hours with nothing to do there is really no excuse NOT to go there.
Third time going back to Lat Krabang since I was here the first time with Wild Bird Eco Tour back in the beginning of May 2020. You expect to see pretty much the same birds every time. But there is so many different birds so there are surprises, at least for me as a birder that don't know how to ID many of the birds. And I always see some bird that I cannot ID.
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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.
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 30-45 minutes to get to Lat Krabang. Taxi is about 150 - 200 Baht (May 2020) + toll.
But you need a car to drive around the area so make a deal with the taxi driver, 1000 - 2000 Baht (May 2020). And of course, depending on your negotiation skills.
To make sure that the driver understand you can show the below Thai Script:
• Lat Krabang เขตลาดกระบัง
Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map to Lat Krabang paddies
Scan for map to Lat Krabang paddies
Take the Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway (Route #7) and pass the exit to Suvarnabhumi and continue for about 3 km towards Chonburi and exit the highway. You pass one U-turn bridge and then another brige before exit. As soon as you have exit you make a U-turn under the highway.
Turn left on the other side of the highway and follow the highway until you reach a bridge and turn right before the bridge and you reach a intersection. Turn left and drive under the highway and then left again and after a few meters you turn right at the 7 Eleven. Go straight for a kilometer or so and you are in the middle of the Lat Krabang paddies.
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Canon Speedlite 600EXII-RT flash
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
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ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder
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
Bangkok, Thailand - Climate & Temperature - Click picture for full size
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 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.
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
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.
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. 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.
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
Lat Krabang paddies
About 32 km from the Sukhumvit / Asoke intersection in DOWN TOWN Bangkok
eBird hot spot Lat Krabang paddies and this is a world famous birding spot. And I qoute Peter Ericson: “Lots of wetland birds as well as scrub dwelling critters.” And I actually met Mr. Ericson while birding at Lat Krabang paddies, his 99th time at Lat Krabang paddies.
It is a beautiful area, even if you have the SE Asian problem “garbage” It is very nice area to use your car driving along the dirt tracks and you really are able to get close to the birds using the car as a hide.
It is beautiful around Lat Krabang
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.
Bangkok 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.
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.
15th of May 2020 and we were leaving my apartment at 6 o'clock and I started my eBird app at the eBird hotspot Lat Krabang paddies at 06:47. Driving along the dirt tracks and we spot pretty much the same birds as when I was here the first times. But you never know, and it is a beautiful area to drive around in. And we spot a Black Bittern, first time ever for me.
Black Bittern, well, should have been easy to ID but the bird is at least to say more than black. So far the most beautiful Bittern I have seen and I needed internet to ID the bird.
Plain Prinia / นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Plain Prinia / นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Yellow Bittern / นกยางไฟหัวดำ
Female House sparrow / นกกระจอกใหญ่
Plain Prinia - นกกระจิบหญ้าสีเรียบ
Zitting Cisticola / นกยอดข้าวหางแพนลาย
Egret at Lat Krabang paddies
Asian Openbill at Lat Krabang paddies
Black-winged Stilt / นกตีนเทียน
Today´s track at Lat Krabang paddies
Lat Krabang paddies, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon [Bangkok], TH May 15, 2020 06:47 - 09:10
Lesser Whistling-Duck 1
Feral Pigeon X Hundreds in paddies
Red Collared Dove 1
Zebra Dove 1
Greater Coucal 2 Attacked by two red wattled
Asian Koel X Heard only
Plaintive Cuckoo X Heard only
White-browed Crake 3 Look like mama papa and one baby
Black-winged Stilt X Two Babies with two adults giving warning call
Red-wattled Lapwing X
Bronze-winged Jacana 3
Oriental Pratincole X
Asian Openbill 6
Little Cormorant 2
Yellow Bittern 4
Black Bittern 1
Purple Heron 1
Great White Egret 2
Intermediate Egret X
Little Egret 1
Javan Pond Heron X
Malaysian Pied-fantail 1
Plain Prinia 4
Zitting Cisticola 1
Yellow-vented Bulbul 1
Streak-eared Bulbul 2
Asian Pied Starling 7
Common Myna 1
Great Myna X
Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
Asian Golden Weaver X
House Sparrow 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow X
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69064875
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
We leave Lat Krabang and I was very happy, it had been a good morning here at Lat Krabang. Next stop will be the bird hide at bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun and I really hope that we will be alone in the bird hide.
Click HERE to find out if we see any birds at the bird hide at Wat Tham Prathun.
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