Kaeng Krachan, Thailand safari



Kaeng Krachan, Thailand safari


Saturday 2nd of July 2022 and time to go for a safari in Kaeng Krachan National Park. Last Thursday going home from Chaiyasit Muay Thai Gym after a session with ปีศาจแดง ก.กุมานนท์, The Red Devil, I was putting together a safari for the weekend while sitting in the taxi going back home. I had planned for 2 full days in Kaeng Krachan but my friend is working so it will be one full day in Kaeng Krachan.

And we will visit Kui Buri National Park for an elephant safari on the way back home on Monday. So, it promise to be an exciting weekend.

And I was thinking about my safari helmets that I ordered, I did not expect them to arrive in time for our safari. But coming back home and the parcel had arrived.


We will have to go to pick up my friend in Sriracha (ศรีราชา) He is on board a ship discharging and there have been nothing but problem so he is delayed by more than a day. IG broke down and they were kicked off the jetty.

Going back to the jetty after repair and they could not heave up the anchor, so more delays. So, he will not come off until the afternoon. But we still have time to make it for the safari.

The taxi came to pick me up at 11 thirty and we made the first stop at Samut Prakan to pick up my amulet that I had covered with gold. Our friend is delayed on the ship, they expected to be ready around 12 o'clock and a few hours later it was changed to 16:00.

Kaeng Krachan, Thailand safari
On the way to Sriracha (ศรีราชา)

All the delays and our friend have had to spend 3 days on board so he had no clothing and we have no time to pass his house on the way to the hotel. We drove to Robinson in Sriracha to buy some clothes for him. And to have tea while waiting.

We parked at Robinson around 3 o'clock and we went to look for clothes first thing. We found what we were looking for and we went to have a look for the S & P restaurant, but we could not find any and we drank tea in another shop.

Robinson Sriracha
At Robinson

Robinson Sriracha
Drinking tea

I had two big cups of tea before we left for the jetty Singha Marine use for their speed boats. We parked outside Singha Marines office at 5 o'clock. Our friend had up dated us that they had completed discharging at 16:00 and pilot was booked for 6 o'clock.

My friend called and said he was on the way, now it was a few minutes after 6 o'clock. He callas 30 minutes later, by then we had expected him to have been here 20 minutes ago. He tell me that the speed boat have problem to let go the mooring rope.
- What the Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st

Sriracha
At Singha

Sriracha
Speed boat jetty in Siracha

Sriracha

No sign of our friend at 7 and we left for Baan Maka Nature Lodge. I was disappointed, we could easily have been waiting for one or two hours more if he had just told us. But now we expected him to shop up any minute. We took off towards Baan Maka Nature Lodge and we expect to arrive around 11 o'clock in the evening. And as the close the reception at 9 they will put the key to the room in the door.

I have booked and paid for 2 rooms so the driver will use one room as he decided to go home early tomorrow morning. Or he would have to drive all night long.

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Sunday 3rd of July 2022
and my alarm went off quarter to 5 in the morning, but I snoozed until 6 thirty when I went for breakfast. My Guide will pick me up at 7 and he was in the restaurant. I asked for an omelette for breakfast but I could only order from the menu.

There was cereals and toast for free, but as this is like eating pure sugar I asked for omelette. I could only order from the picture in the menu and it was scrambled egg.
- I want omelette
- We only have what’s on the picture!
I got the scrambled eggs, but there was only one piece of bacon even though there were two on the picture. And I left the scrambled eggs behind.

I left with my Guide and it is about 20 minutes to drive to reach the gate to Kaeng Krachan National Park. We paid the entrance fee, 360 Baht for me and the car.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
On the way to Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
At the gate

We drive along the road towards the Ban Krang Campgrounds, no internet access between the gate and the campground so it is very confusing with the eBird hotspots and I just spilt the distance in two and I start using the eBird hot spot: Kaeng Krachan NP--“tree tunnel”

There is a lot of birds, but too far away for any pictures. We reach the fruit tree next to the road, easy to recognised with the road covered in fruits under the tree. And there is always hornbills in the tree. Mostly Oriental Pied Hornbills but I have also spotted Great Hornbills (นกกก, นกกาฮัง) in this tree.

There is a lot of hornbills in this area and I managed to make sound recording of the Oriental Pied Hornbills in the tree. We could hear but not see the Great Hornbill (นกกก, นกกาฮัง) calling from a far distance. I made a recording, but the sound is very weak, but it is the bird sounding almost like a barking dog.

Oriental Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros albirostris, นกแก๊ก, นกแกง
Oriental Pied Hornbill / นกแก๊ก, นกแกง

Listen to the Oriental Pied Hornbill

Remarks from the Recordist

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

A group sitting in the fruit tree, easy to recognize as the road is full of fruit under the tree. There were about eight hornbills and we can also hear wing flaps and the branches squeaking under the wight of the birds.


Listen to the Great Hornbill

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Bird not seen, and we hear the bird best in the beginning, there are a lot of other birds, among them the Oriental Pied Hornbill making noise from the fruit tree


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We leave the fruit tree and we are soon stopping as we have a Banded Bay Cuckoo sitting in a tree next to the road. But it is too far away for any good pictures. The Red-wattled Lapwing are not so scared and I could get a picture.

So, a lot of birds but not many pictures. It was a gorgeous morning so I enjoyed the safari even though there wasn't many pictures taken. Of course, we kept our eyes out for the black panther, last time it was sighted was yesterday so I was excited.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Red-wattled Lapwing

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Banded Bay Cuckoo

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--“tree tunnel”, Phetchaburi, TH
03 Jul 2022 07:41 - 09:09
Protocol: Traveling
13.57 kilometer(s)
15 species

Red Junglefowl 1
Asian Emerald Dove 2
Greater Coucal 1
Green-billed Malkoha 2
Banded Bay Cuckoo 1
Red-wattled Lapwing 7
Little Cormorant 1
Great Hornbill 2 Heard only
Oriental Pied-Hornbill 8
Indochinese Roller 2
Dollarbird 1
Greater Flameback 2 Look like a pair
Ashy Drongo 1 Top of a tree
Bronzed Drongo 3
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114277859

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Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--“tree tunnel”

I turn off my eBird app and I restart it again for the remaining distance to the campground. We don't see so many birds and we reach the campground at 09:34.

So not much to report from this stretch of the road.

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--Km.13 vicinity, Phetchaburi, TH
03 Jul 2022 09:12 - 09:34
Protocol: Traveling
2.96 kilometer(s)
3 species

Greater Coucal 1 Heard only
Hair-crested Drongo 1
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114277819

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Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--Km.13 vicinity

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
At the campground

We arrive to the campground and it is also an eBird hotspot: Kaeng Krachan NP--Ban Krang Campgrounds. We see two Blue-winged Leafbird but no good pictures as they jump around in a tree. No sign of any bear so we continued our drive north of the Ban Krang Campgrounds.

Going north and there are plenty signs of elephants along the road. Droppings, both old and fresh and freshly pulled bushes and small trees all along the road. We drive for a few hundred meters when we spot two cars along the road. One of the drivers warned us about a Silver-breasted Broadbill nest hanging over the road.

The nest looked to be ready but the birds were still adding building material, and by to looks of the small straws it looks like they are making the mattress inside the house.

Kaeng Krachan, Thailand safari

Kaeng Krachan, Thailand safari

There was a “dropping” on the road and it was a giant one so I had a picture while waiting for the Silver-breasted Broadbills to come to attend the nest.

There was more and more photographers coming setting up their cameras and tripods and they aimed at the nest to be ready when the birds arrived.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Waiting for the Silver-breasted Broadbills

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Silver-breasted Broadbill nest

Silver-breasted Broadbill, Serilophus lunatus, นกพญาปากกว้างอกสีเงิน

Silver-breasted Broadbill, Serilophus lunatus, นกพญาปากกว้างอกสีเงิน
Silver-breasted Broadbill / นกพญาปากกว้างอกสีเงิน

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Walking along the dirt road

We drive along the dirt road and we park the car and we continue walking. The Guide goes back to get the car and I continue walking and there is a car passing. I see the driver pointing upwards when he pass under the bamboo.

So there is obviously something interesting and I have a look when I reach the area.

I don't see anything, a nest of some kind hanging from a tree high above me, but it looks to be abandoned. Otherwise, I see nothing but my Guide is soon arriving and he gets out. Turns out that it is a well-known Dusky Broadbill nest.

Dusky Broadbill, Corydon sumatranus, นกพญาปากกว้างสีดำ
Dusky Broadbill / นกพญาปากกว้างสีดำ

Dusky Broadbill, Corydon sumatranus, นกพญาปากกว้างสีดำ
Dusky Broadbill / นกพญาปากกว้างสีดำ

Listen to the Dusky Broadbill

Remarks from the Recordist

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

A family, I could see three birds outside the nest, one of them carrying food.


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We left the Dusky Broadbills and we continued until we reached the Ban Krang overflow of Pran Buri River. There is an unmanned check point and we are not allowed to go up the mountain until 13:00. There is a camping on top of the mountain, Phanoen Thung Camp.

From there we can continue towards the Thor Thip Waterfall and that is the end of the road. Anyway, the road up the mountain is very narrow so until 13:00 it is cars going down so we have to wait until 13:00 before going up the mountain.

We turn around and we go back to the Ban Krang Campsite and my Guide will have lunch, I will skip lunch. Thai food is OK, but without the Jasmine rice I can as well skip the food. And if I eat rice my blood sugar will go off like crazy.

We drive along the dirt road and we spot 2 guys on the road taking pictures of something up in the trees, we stop to see what is going on. Some exciting bird? Turned out to be a Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว) and it was very low down. I have only seen them in top of high trees before.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว)
The Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว), also known as the White-handed Gibbon

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว)
The Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว), also known as the White-handed Gibbon

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว)
The Lar Gibbon (ชะนีมือขาว), also known as the White-handed Gibbon

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Driving back to the Ban Krang Campsite

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Driving back to the Ban Krang Campsite

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Evidence of Elephants

We spot two guys, turned out to be from Singapore with a Guide on the road side pointing their cameras in to the woods. We stopped and we got out. They were trying to get a picture of the Black-and-yellow Broadbill, a gorgeous bird.

I saw the bird on a branch but when I had my camera ready the bird was gone.

Never mind, it was too far away for any good pictures anyway.

We continue toward the campsite and I turn off the eBird app at 11:59, in the nick of time for lunch. So far it had been a very good day in the national park.

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--stream crossings 1-3, Phetchaburi, TH
03 Jul 2022 9:46 - 11:59
Protocol: Traveling
6.79 kilometer(s)
4 species

Asian Emerald Dove 2
Dusky Broadbill 3
Silver-breasted Broadbill 2
Black-and-yellow Broadbill 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114282097

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Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--stream crossings 1–3

We park the car and my Guide go to have lunch in the restaurant. I stay in the car and I call my friend, suddenly the Guide come back.
- The bear is here!

We find the bear behind the restaurant and the bear is climbing in to an incinerator to look for food. Of course, they should have closed the hatch to the incinerator. The bear lives close by the restaurant and I was told there is two babies as well.

But no sign of the babies today, but it is most likely the same bear I saw here a few years ago.

Sun bear (หมีหมา)

The sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) is a species in the family Ursidae occurring in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. It is the smallest bear, standing nearly 70 centimetres at the shoulder and weighing 25–65 kilograms.

It is stockily built, with large paws, strongly curved claws, small rounded ears and a short snout. The fur is generally jet-black, but can vary from grey to red. Sun bears get their name from the characteristic orange to cream coloured chest patch.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Sun bear (หมีหมา)
Sun bear (หมีหมา)

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Sun bear (หมีหมา)
Sun bear (หมีหมา)

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Sun bear (หมีหมา)
Sun bear (หมีหมา)

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Sun bear (หมีหมา)
Sun bear (หมีหมา)

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari - Sun bear (หมีหมา)
Sun bear (หมีหมา)

We leave Ban Krang Campsite to drive back towards the mountain and the Phanoen Thung Camp. We see the female Silver-breasted Broadbill when we pass the nest and I try to get a few pictures of the beautiful bird.

But there is one car coming in the opposite direction and we have to move from our position. So, we continue towards the check point at the river overflow.

Silver-breasted Broadbill, Serilophus lunatus, นกพญาปากกว้างอกสีเงิน
Silver-breasted Broadbill / นกพญาปากกว้างอกสีเงิน

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
The check point

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
The check point

We pass the check point and it is a very bumpy road going up the mountain and it is very step in some areas. It start to pour down and we are soon spotting a Crested Serpent-Eagle sitting in a tree above to road. We stop to wait for the rain to stop so I can get out.

The rain don't stop and we put the car in reverse to put us across the road with my side of the car facing the bird. Then I can take a picture of the eagle through the window.

Of course, as soon as we start to move the bird takes off so no pictures. We continue towards Phanoen Thung Camp and when we arrive the visibility is about zero and we give up the idea to continue to the Thor Thip Waterfall.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
No bird watching weather at Phanoen Thung Camp

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Asian Emerald Dove

We turn around and we start to drive back down the mountain again. We don't have to drive for long before we spot an Asian Emerald Dove. Sitting in the dark but I decide to try to get a picture. My Guide help me to get light with his flash light.

We have not been driving for long before we ran in to our second Crested Serpent-Eagle. The bird took off when we approached, but landed not far away. We put the car in position so I can take pictures through my window.

Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela, เหยี่ยวรุ้ง
Crested Serpent Eagle / เหยี่ยวรุ้ง

Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela, เหยี่ยวรุ้ง
Crested Serpent Eagle / เหยี่ยวรุ้ง

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP (general area), Phetchaburi, TH
03 Jul 2022 13:03 - 15:21
Protocol: Traveling
23.27 kilometer(s)
4 species

Asian Emerald Dove 3
Crested Serpent-Eagle 2
Puff-throated Babbler 1
White-rumped Shama 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114285511

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Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP (general area)

My Guide dropped me at my hotel and he will be here to pick me up at 6 o'clock tomorrow morning. I went for dinner and now I was lucky, different staff in the restaurant and I got an omelette with bacon. I order a second plate and I don't know what they brought.

- What is that? I asked pointing at the plate.
- It is bacon!
- No, it is not bacon!
- Yes, it is bacon!
- No, it is not bacon!
- It is our HOME-MADE bacon!
- What the Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st

I left the food behind, second time today. I went to my room enjoying a MAX while looking at today's pictures.

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Monday 4th of July 2022
and I skipped breakfast, well, I had had a camembert and a MAX in my room before going out to meet my Guide. We left for the national park at 6 o'clock and we reached the gate 15 minutes later. I start my eBird app and I report one Common Myna and one Great Myna that I see at the gate.

I had decided to use one hotspot for the whole stretch from the gate to the campground.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Reaching the gate

We drive along the road and there are many birds. We stop at the fruit tree and I get two recordings of the Banded Broadbill. I saw two of them in the vegetation but no pictures of the bird. It was very dark in the vegetation, and on top of that, the birds moved very quickly.

We had spotted the Great Hornbill in the fruit tree when we stopped, but they took off immediately. But I could hear one of them calling and I managed to get a recording.

Listen to the Banded Broadbill

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Same birds as in recording XC736173

2 birds seen in the trees/ bushes. Great Hornbill can be heard at end of recording.



Remarks from the Recordist

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

Same birds as in recording XC736172

2 birds seen in the trees/ bushes.


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Listen to the Great Hornbill

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Cannot see the bird calling as I stay on the road under the fruit tree with dense vegetation along the road


www.xeno-canto.org

We continue along the road towards the campground. Monday today so we are alone in the park, well, one more car. 4 ladies from Malaysia that stay at my hotel is also in the park. So, it is nice and quiet comparing to yesterday when it was Sunday.

We are soon stopping again and we spot tree different kinds of woodpeckers in the same tree. 6 woodpeckers in total:
• Streak-breasted Woodpecker
• Grey-headed Woodpecker
• Great Slaty Woodpecker

But all the Woodpeckers were very far away, so I kept the poor pictures just for ID purpose.

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Streak-breasted Woodpecker

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Grey-headed Woodpecker

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Male Great Slaty Woodpecker

Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Female and Male Great Slaty Woodpecker

We continued toward the campground and we make a few stops to look for the Black-and-red Broadbill. I manage to see two of them but very far away, but my Guide spot three of them in the tree next to us.

Impossible to get any good pictures of the birds in the tree, but I gave it a good try. We don't have much time as I will leave from my hotel at 11 o'clock so we did not spend much time with the Black-and-red Broadbill.

Black-and-red Broadbill, Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos, นกพญาปากกว้างท้องแดง

Black-and-red Broadbill, Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos, นกพญาปากกว้างท้องแดง
Black-and-red Broadbill/ นกพญาปากกว้างท้องแดง

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--Km.9 vicinity, Phetchaburi, TH
04 Jul 2022 06:20 - 08:27
Protocol: Traveling
13.43 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: From the gate to the camping site
15 species

Greater Coucal 3
Green-billed Malkoha 1
Red-wattled Lapwing 1
Crested Serpent-Eagle 1
Great Hornbill 1
Oriental Pied-Hornbill 18
Streak-breasted Woodpecker 1 Poor picture, for ID purpose only
Grey-headed Woodpecker 1 Poor picture, for ID purpose only
Great Slaty Woodpecker 3
Black-and-red Broadbill 5 Poor picture, for ID purpose only
Banded Broadbill 2
Blue-winged Pitta 1
Puff-throated Babbler 2 Heard only
Common Myna 1
Great Myna 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114359075

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


Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP (general area)

I turn off my eBird app when we reach the campground and I restart the app again using the hotspot: Kaeng Krachan NP--stream crossings 1–3. We pass the Silver-breasted Broadbill nest but no sign of the birds. We don't have much time so next stop was at the Dusky Broadbill nest.

I would like to have some good pictures of this bird, but no luck and we turned around to drive back to the hotel. My driver stopped as he could hear the Rusty-cheeked Hornbill. The bird is called Tickell's Brown Hornbill in my guide books. Only eBird have different name, very annoying. Birdforum, xeno-canto and oiseaux.net call the bird Tickell's Brown Hornbill and so will I do.

Tickell's Brown Hornbill, Anorrhinus tickelli, นกเงือกสีน้ำตาล

Tickell's Brown Hornbill, Anorrhinus tickelli, นกเงือกสีน้ำตาล
Tickell's Brown Hornbill / นกเงือกสีน้ำตาล

The hornbills are sitting high up in the tree so the pictures leaves a lot to wish for. Anyway, I was happy to have seen the bird. We started to drive back towards the gate.

Passing the Silver-breasted Broadbill nest but no sign of the birds and I turned off the eBird app when we reached the campground.

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eBird Report


Kaeng Krachan NP--stream crossings 1-3, Phetchaburi, TH
04 Jul 2022 08:31 - 09:22
Protocol: Traveling
5.64 kilometer(s)
4 species

Asian Emerald Dove 1
Greater Coucal 1 Heard only
Rusty-cheeked Hornbill 10 Tickell's Brown Hornbill
Dusky Broadbill 1
Silver-breasted Broadbill 0

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114361558

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


Kaeng Krachan National Park safari
Today's track at Kaeng Krachan NP--stream crossings 1–3

Approaching the gate and my Guide hear the Blue-winged Pitta so we stop. I managed to get two recordings of the bird so I was happy when we left the national park.

I have had a great time in the park and I have seen many new birds and I was also lucky to have seen the bear again. Not disappointed, but to have seen a black panther would have been lovely.

Listen to the Blue-winged Pitta

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Did not see the bird until it flew over the road. Then the bird started to call again, but this time closer, listen to recording XC736178



Remarks from the Recordist

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

Same bird as XC736177 but now on the other side of the road, closer to me. Only saw the bird when flying across the road

www.xeno-canto.org

My driver was waiting for me when we arrived to the hotel and I picked up my luggage and we could leave 20 minutes before 11 o'clock that had been the plan. We will have to drive about 200km south to Kui Buri National Park. We left but we were stopped on the way, they told me that I had not paid for the rooms.

Now I got very angry, I had got a confirmation that it had been paid so they should know this. We left and we arrived to Kui Buri Visitor Center at 1 o'clock. We were informed that they did not open until 2 o'clock.

So, we decide to drive around looking for birds and I start the eBird app at 13:17 on Road 4024 East of Elephant Watching Centre.

Kui Buri
Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Kui Buri
Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Kui Buri
Baby White-breasted Waterhen

We drive around for about 30 minutes and there was quite a few birds along the road. One baby White-breasted Waterhen foraging in the ditch together with Mom or Dad. Baya Weavers busy building nests and I guess at this time of the year they prepare for the second of third brood.

Brood

noun 1 a family of young animals, typically birds, produced at one hatching or birth: a brood of chicks.
• informal all of the children in a family: she was brought up by a loving stepfather as part of a brood of eight.

I also see nests with the grass dried yellow with fresh extensions with green grass. We see a Lesser Coucal in the bushes so it was 30 minutes well spent. Turning off the eBird app and we drive back to the Visitor Center.

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eBird Report


Road 4024 East of Elephant Watching Centre, Prachuap Khiri Khan, TH
04 Jul 2022 13:17 - 13:49
Protocol: Traveling
6.91 kilometer(s)
8 species

Lesser Coucal 1
White-breasted Waterhen 2 One adult with a baby
Red-wattled Lapwing 3
White-throated Kingfisher 1
Blue-tailed Bee-eater 5
Indochinese Roller 1
Baya Weaver 5
Scaly-breasted Munia 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114367626

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Kui Buri
Today's track at Road 4024 East of Elephant Watching Centre, Prachuap Khiri Khan

We park at the Visitor Center, ticket 200 Baht and 850 Baht for the safari car so it is not expensive. The driver goes for free as he is taking customer to the park. We drive down to the gate and we park the car.

We register in the gate after having walked through some disinfection bath. We step up at the back of the pick-up and we are taking off towards the elephant adventure.

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
Buying tickets at the Visitor Center

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
Going to the safari cars

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
We are ready to take off

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
We are ready to take off

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
We are ready to take off

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
Keeping our eyes out for elephants

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
Keeping our eyes out for elephants

The first bird we see is a Blue-tailed Bee-eater hunting from a tree top, too far away for any good pictures. Next stop was at a tree with 23 Common Hill Mynas and they made a lot of noise so I took the opportunity to make a recording.

The pictures I got was pretty much for nothing so this was a little disappointing. But I was happy for the recording.

Next stop was for a woodpecker that the driver discovered in the forest. Took me a while to discover the bird hanging upside down on a tree branch.

Elephant safari in Kui Buri National Park
Common Hill Myna

Listen to the Common Hill Myna

Remarks from the Recordist

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

A group of 23 birds next to the road.


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Common Flameback, Dinopium javanense, Common Goldenback, นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง

Common Flameback, Dinopium javanense, Common Goldenback, นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง
Common Flameback / นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง

Common Flameback, Dinopium javanense, Common Goldenback, นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง
Common Flameback / นกหัวขวานสามนิ้วหลังทอง

Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela, เหยี่ยวรุ้ง
Crested Serpent Eagle / เหยี่ยวรุ้ง


We continue on the dirt road and I spot one Crested Serpent Eagle sitting in a tree in front of us. Too far away for any pictures and we try to get closer and later on I discover that my driver is behind me making a video of the adventure.

We working our way towards the eagle slowly but the bird took off when we stopped for the third time. My driver was very excited, he had never seen a huge bird like this before.

But no signs of any elephants and we were approaching the end of the dirt road. We saw some Gaurs running over the dirt track, Gaurs, one of two attractions together with the elephants. But they are as exciting as buffaloes.

Indochinese Roller
Indochinese Roller

Kui Buri National Park safari
No elephants

Kui Buri National Park safari
No signs of any elephants at the end of the road

We reach the end and of the dirt road and it is some kind of a viewing point. No elephants to be seen from here, but I spotted Cattle Egrets in a far distance. Well, looked like the Guide wanted us to wait as there might be some elephants showing up.

But we have a four hours’ drive to get back to Bangkok so we left driving back to the gate.

We passed a couple of Streak-eared Bulbuls on the way back. And we stopped to have a look at the Gaurs, at almost at the exact spot I saw them last time I was here back in 2020.

I would have thought they were kept there if it wasn't for that I had seen them coming running from the forest.

Streak-eared Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul

Streak-eared Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul

Gaur
Gaur

Listen to the Chinese Francolin

Remarks from the Recordist

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

I can hear 3 birds in the recording, one far away, one close and one very close. Can this be the Chinese Francolin? The loud bird sounded to be just next to the jeep but I could never see the bird.

Thanks to Marc Anderson for help with the ID, see forum https://xeno-canto.org/forum/topic/51018


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Listen to the Greater Coucal

Remarks from the Recordist

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

Bird heard from a long distance.


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Kui Buri National Park safari

Kui Buri National Park safari
Dirt road back to the gate

eBird

eBird Report


Kui Buri National Park Elephant Watching, Prachuap Khiri Khan, TH
04 Jul 2022 14:11 - 16:12
Protocol: Traveling
16.5 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Forgot to turn off app when we left. Time and distance corrected
15 species

Chinese Francolin 4 Heard only. Thanks to Marc Anderson at xeno-canto for help with the ID, https://xeno-canto.org/forum/topic/51018
Spotted Dove 1
Greater Coucal 2 Heard only
White-breasted Waterhen 2
Red-wattled Lapwing 4
Little Cormorant 1
Cattle Egret 8
Crested Serpent-Eagle 1
Oriental Pied-Hornbill 3
Blue-tailed Bee-eater 2
Indochinese Roller 5
Common Flameback 2
Ashy Woodswallow 3
Streak-eared Bulbul 3
Common Hill Myna 23 One big group

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114369806

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

Kui Buri National Park safari
Today's track at Kui Buri National Park Elephant Watching

We reach the gate without having seen one single elephant and we say bye bye and we leave Kui Buri. I am back home almost exactly 4 hours later.

Time to join Karen Maersk so I can make some money again. Click HERE to find out how that turns out. A new adventure ahead.

Covid 19

Kui Buri National Park safari


       
                  
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ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

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