6 April 2022

Bird watching trip report


Introduction

We will drive to Rayong and we will stop at some eBird hotspots in Chonburi. Well, the first hotspot is actually just before crossing the border from Chonburi just west of the Bang Pakong River.

1) Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River

2) Bang Phra Non-hunting Area

3) 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


Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River

Another salt pan and ponds area with waders. Drive along the salt pans in the area keeping eyes out for birds. We could not explore the area because of rain. So before you come here make sure it has not been raining. I will have to come back to explore the area.

Birding/ Bird watching at the Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River
It had been raining and the dirt track had turned in to mud (April 2020)

Birding/ Bird watching at the Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River
We got stuck in the mud (April 2022)
I will not bother to come back here again




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 2 Chonburi eBird hotspots today that I have never visited before, have a look at the hotspots by CLICKING the names below:
Bang Pra Non-hunting Area

Wat Tham Prathun


Bang Pra Non-hunting Area


Bang Phra Reservoir has the origin of water resources from the Green Mountains. It is a combination of creeks, such as Huai Sukree, Huay Wang, Huai Khwang and Huai Khab, in the area of Bang Phra Reservoir. The height of the sea level between 12-35 meters around the reservoir, the people planted sugarcane and cassava to the foot of the green.

Bang Pra Non-hunting Area, in Chonburi province, consists of a semi-natural lake surrounded by grassland and woodland. The reservoir is one used to hold water for irrigation and drinking and as a fishery rather than for hydro-electric purposes, meaning that it is shallow and abundant in birdlife. Local people are permitted to fish, gather plants and graze cattle but hunting birds and mammals is forbidden.

From https://thailandtourismdirectory.go.th/en/home


We drove by the Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Urban Forest just north of the Waterbird Breeding Center. But this area is an area I will avoid. They charge foreigners 200 Baht and Thai 20 Baht to enter the Urban Forest. I refuse to go in to places that charge me 10 times more just because I am a foreigner. So this place will be avoided in the future.

Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Urban Forest
We drive by the Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Urban Forest

Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Urban Forest
Foreigners have to pay 10 times more

There are enough area in the eastern side of the Bang Phra Reservoir to skip the “Urban Forest”. Just continue south along the eastern side of the Bang Phra Reservoir and you will pass a few eBird hotspots.

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Bangkok, Thailand
eBird “Hotspots” in the area

There are several eBird hot spots in the Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, have a look at these if you CLICK the names below:

• Bang Phra Non-hunting Area (general area) - eBird prefer that we use the nearest hotspots when reporting. But if you don't want that use this hotspot. I do it sometimes when I have been walking around, coming in and out from different hotspots, then I just use one.

Some places the hotspots are very close and it is really impossible to know the limits between them.

Bang Phra Non-hunting Area--Waterbird Breeding Center & vicinity

Bang Phra Non-hunting Area--Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit

Khao Khieo – Khao Chomphu Wildlife Sanctuary--headquarters


Bang Phra Non-hunting Area
Waterbird Breeding Center & vicinity


We drove through the gate and we entered a second gate after 200 meters and the road came to an end. I was a little bit chocked as it looked like a bird prison. Birds in cages and, well, not what I had expected. But there were many birds in the area, at least the area I got to see.

We crossed a stream on a wooden bridge hanging from wires and there were a few birds that took off when I stepped out on the bridge. The creek was almost dry, no rain, but the rain season will soon start. The water in the Bang Phra Reservoir is very low so rain is needed.

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Waterbird Breeding Center, Thailand
Gate to the Waterbird Breeding Center

I will have to come back here when the Wuhan Virus is gone as we were told to leave the area as it was closed due to the Wuhan Virus. We left and I really want to come back soon.



Bang Phra Non-hunting Area
Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit

Further down south on the road from the Waterbird Breeding Center, about 3,5 km to drive. You will soon see a dirt road on the right hand side of the road. If the boom is open you can get on the dirt road and after 100 meter you reach an area where you can park the car. If the boom is closed there are space to park outside the boom.

But drive slow as it is easy to miss the dirt road down to the Bang Phra Reservoir.

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Gate to the Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit was closed today

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
The boom was open the first time I was here

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
We can see the parking at the end of the dirt road

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Reaching the parking and the dry “Egret Lake”

From the parking there is a walk path on the right hand side and the dirt road on the left hand side. When I was here the first time they worked on this road and we were not allowed to drive. But last time I was there the boom was open and you could drive on the dirt track.

East of the dirt track there is what I call a swamp with dead trees and I spotted some barbets. On the west side there is something that Nick Upton call the “Egret Lake” on his excellent web page. There is a page about the Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, click HERE to read.

The “Egret Lake” is dry during the dry season and you can walk to the island. There are a lot of dead trees on the island and there are many birds. So there is a lot of different habitats in the area.
Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Walking to the island over the dry “Egret Lake”

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Last time I was here the “Egret Lake” was full

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Dirt track going south from the parking

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Walking towards south along the dirt track

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Swamp area with dead trees east of the dirt road

The walk path from the parking lot takes you along the northern side of the “Egret Lake” and here is many birds to be seen in the trees and bushes. When you reach the end of the walk path, you are either on the water front. Or at the dry bottom of the Bang Phra Reservoir if it is the dry seasson and the water is low.

The water was high the first time I was here and in April it was dry and there were dry bottom and mudflats to be seen far away from the walk path. And there was hundreds of Asian Open bills on the mudflats and in the trees.

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Walk path from the parking area

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Bang Phra Reservoir was full the first time I was here

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area - Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit, Thailand
Walking along the walk path and we see how low the water level is

Between the paved road and the parking lot there is a small entrance to the walk path going north along the east side of the Bang Phra Reservoir. Quite comfy to walk on the stone / concrete pavement, but there are some places where it is gone and you have to walk next to the paved path.

Walking along this path and you will see many birds in the bushes and trees.

Wherever you decide to go, DO NOT FORGET MOSQUITO REPELLENT AND WATER!! It is darn hot.





Khao Khieo – Khao Chomphu Wildlife Sanctuary--headquarters

Not yet visited as per April 2022



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


6 April 2022 and I took of to the gym early as the taxi driver would come to pick me up at the gym at 10. And of course, I am in the hurry and the first taxi got stuck or something. I had been waiting for almost 30 minutes since the message “taxi is arriving, prepare” when I cancelled the taxi.

I booked a new taxi and this taxi was soon coming to pick me up and I made it to Chaiyasit Muay Thai Gym to 9 o'clock.

Birding/ Bird watching in Thailand
Waiting for the taxi

I got started right away with ปีศาจแดง ก.กุมานนท์, Red Devil, and we finished just as the taxi arrived at 10 o'clock. We will make a stop at the eBird hotspot: “Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River” on the way to Rayong. We will pick up my friend at Bang Pu on the way and then we just have to follow Sukhumvit Road until we reach the eBird hotspot: Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River.

We made it to Bang Pu in 40 miuntes or so and this was a pleasant surprise. I was hungry and I bought some cheese at 7 Eleven, will be a great lunch together with the vitamins I bought in the drug store next door. We reached the eBird hotspot: and I started the app at 11:47.

I stopped the app after 18 minutes as we got stuck in the mud after 50 meters or so on the dirt track.

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Not coming any longer

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Have to get out of the car

I was here 2 years ago and it was flooded. Now we got stuck in the mud so I will not bother to come back here again. We managed to push the car back to dry dirt road. Of course, when we got out of the car all the birds took off.

I managed to get a few pictures, no clue what birds it was, but I will try to ID them when I am back home again with my bird book.

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Wood Sandpiper

Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola, นกชายเลนน้ำจืด, Grönbena

Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola, นกชายเลนน้ำจืด, Grönbena
Wood sandpiper / นกชายเลนน้ำจืด


I have had a lot of help at the Birdforum with the waders.

Forum thread HERE


Birdforum


Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Red-necked Stints

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Red-necked Stints

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Sanderling

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Kentish/White-faced Plover

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Kentish/White-faced Plover

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, นกตีนเทียน

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, นกตีนเทียน
Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, นกตีนเทียน

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, นกตีนเทียน
Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, นกตีนเทียน

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, นกตีนเทียน
Black-winged Stilt - Juvenile

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand

eBird

eBird Report


Salt pans W of Bang Pakong River, Chachoengsao, TH
06 Apr 2022 11:47 - 12:05
Protocol: Traveling
0.53 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: We came about 50 meters and we were stuck in the mud and we left. I will not come back again. Last time (first time) I was here the dirt tracks were flooded
9 species (+1 other taxa)

Zebra Dove 2
Black-winged Stilt 12
Kentish/White-faced Plover 1
Red-necked Stint 13
Sanderling 1
Wood Sandpiper 1
Whiskered Tern 1
Little Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 2
Little Egret 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S106377949

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

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Today's track at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River

The Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River was a disappointment and I will not bother to come back again. Next stop on our trip to Rayong is Bang Phra Non-hunting Area and I started the eBird app at 12:58. My friend was excited as it was his second time ever looking for birds. And he was enthusiastic when we walked from the road towards the water front.

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand
นักผจญภัย

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand
นักผจญภัย

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand
He have spotted a Great Egret and an Asian Openbill

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand
นักผจญภัย

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand
นักผจญภัย

Birding/ Bird watching at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area, Thailand
We are not alone in the area

There were quite a few birds in the area, but I never got any good pictures. My friend assisted me to get a sound recording of a Common Iora. I tried to get pictures but the bird was jumping around all the time so it was not possible.

Time passed very quickly and we started to walk back towards the taxi. The last bird I spotted and reported was one Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. I turned off the eBird app but I had to start the app again as I spotted one Indochinese Roller when I got in to the taxi.

Listen to the Common Iora

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Thanks to Grahame Walbridge at birdforum for confirming my ID. See thread in birdforum: https://www.birdforum.net/threads/iora-today-at-bang-phra-non-hunting-area-chonburi-thailand.421101/#post-4306325


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Common iora, Aegithina tiphia, นกขมิ้นน้อยธรรมดา
Common iora / นกขมิ้นน้อยธรรมดา

Common iora, Aegithina tiphia, นกขมิ้นน้อยธรรมดา
Common iora / นกขมิ้นน้อยธรรมดา

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eBird Report


Bang Phra Non-hunting Area (general area), Chon Buri, TH
06 Apr 2022 12:58 - 13:55
Protocol: Traveling
1.05 kilometer(s)
19 species

Asian Koel X Heard only
Plaintive Cuckoo 2 Heard only
Red-wattled Lapwing 2
Asian Openbill 3
Little Cormorant 3
Great White Egret 2 Sitting with 2 Openbill
Little Egret 2 Fight
Chinese Pond Heron 5
Black-capped Kingfisher 1
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater 2
Indochinese Roller 1
Common Iora 1 Thanks to Grahame Walbridge at birdforum for confirming my ID. See thread: https://www.birdforum.net/threads/iora-today-at-bang-phra-non-hunting-area-chonburi-thailand.421101/#post-4306325
Black Drongo 2
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1
Yellow-vented Bulbul 2
Streak-eared Bulbul 1
Common Myna 5
Great Myna 1
Baya Weaver 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S106379312

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

Birding/ Bird watching at Salt pans west of Bang Pakong River, Thailand
Today's track at Bang Phra Non-hunting Area (general area)

We will do one more stop before Rayong, the bird hide at the Wat Tham Prathun. We parked the car at the Wat Tham Prathun and we walked to the bird hide just to discover that it was full of bird watchers. DARN! I had expected the hide to be empty. A big disappointment.

We left Wat Tham Prathun and next stop is Rayong. We had a discussion in the car, is it a holiday or not. It seems to be some kind of a holiday, even though everything looks to be open. Anyway, this might be the reason for the hide to be full.

Normally it is OK to come here on weekdays, but don't bother to come here on a weekend.

Road trip to Rayong
On the way to Rayong

Last time I was going Rayong, before the Covid they were building the highway and not it is ready and we were hauling arse reaching Rayong around 3 thirty in the afternoon. We went to pick up mama and we continued to Ban Phe where we will have Swedish food.

Even though we were hungry the spirit was high as we all were looking forward to some Swedish food. They make the best “DANISH” rye bread I have ever had. Their Prins sausages are very good, well, the Falukorv is not bad. We bought food from here to Roy Maersk and I was really looking forward to dinner even though I have diabetes.

Road trip to Rayong
On the way to Ban Phe

Road trip to Rayong
On the way to Ban Phe

We found the restaurant and it looked to be closed but there was an OPEN sign on the door and we stepped in to an empty restaurant. It didn't look like much, but I got a big tea cup so that was nice. The “Swedish food” section had pictures that Swedish Cuisinemade me drool. I ordered Falukorv only as I cannot eat any carbs.

I assisted the others so they would get the right thing. I was surprised that I got my falukorv long before the others got their food. I had expected Swedish management and Swedish Cuisinethat all the food would be delivered to the table at the same time. I still had plenty falukorv on my plate when my friends got their food.

It did not taste remotely as falukorv so it did not go down as quick as I had suspected. And the idea of a second plate vanished quicker than the falukorv.

My friend’s food arrived by on by and they complained that it was salty. a portion of salmon and dill creamed potato and it looked like it came straight from the micro waver. The salmon was very dry, should have been glossy by butter from frying it.

I had ordered “Stekt fläsk med löksås” for my friend, an all time favourite and something most of the Swedes love.

What my friend got was something I would never even have been able to guess what it Swedish Cuisinewas on the plate. And my friend was not so happy about the food.

I had ordered meatballs, and meatballs only and they brought me a plate with a couple of meatballs, all dry, no sign of any butter or that the meatballs had been in the frying pan. I took a bite and I spit the meatball straight back on the plate.

It was cold, and I mean not cold like in not hot. It was fridge cold so just a few minutes in the micro and I suspect that everything came from the micro.

Road trip to Rayong
Stekt fläsk med löksås as I have always found it

Road trip to Rayong
Stekt fläsk med löksås that my friend was served

I guess the food was made and put in a container and then in to the micro when someone ordered “Stekt fläsk med löksås” and it will come out like some kind of casserole. We were very disappointed, especially after the good food that we ordered for Roy Maersk. I had a long shopping list for things to bring back to Bangkok, but I cancelled and I just brought some sausages with me back home. (And I can tell you right now that the sausage was very good)

We will not bother to come back here again, can order sausages for home delivery next time I need sausages.

Road trip to Rayong
Arriving in high spirit

Road trip to Rayong
Waiting for the food

Road trip to Rayong
Waiting for the food

Road trip to Rayong
Waiting for the food

Road trip to Rayong
Stekt fläsk med löksås coming to the table

I was back home just before 10 o'clock in the evening and it was straight to bed. Up early morning for yoga at the gym. And they took some videos on the gym and I must say that I look more and more like a professional.

I did the different posse and especially THE CAT and THE ATHLETE looks very good. I will be off to Kanchanaburi on Friday so it will not be any gym for quite a while.

The Cat

The Athlete


The taxi will come to pick us up at 06:00 on Friday morning and we expect a tree hours ride to reach Kanchanaburi, and just click HERE to find out if we find any birds.


Bird watching trip report



       
                  
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