Got around to posting a few images from my recent holiday to Khao Lak, Thailand and what a holiday, great family time had and for me personally my best birding experience thus far, in Thailand and possibly anywhere.
I saw well over 80 species while away which is nearly 3 times more than I normally see when in Thailand. this may well be down to the different time of year, we normally go in august (their rainy season) but this time it was in their dry season. Out of the 80 odd species seen I had at least 40 life ticks and some right belters too! I had a day our with a Thai birding guide Ike which was wonderful!
So in no particular order are the photo’s hope you like them and if you see any miss identified please do let me know. Can you guess my top bird out of these below?
Chinese Pond Heron – loads seen all over – lifer for me
Collared Kingfisher – a pair within 5 minutes of our hotel on beach
Common Myna – pretty common as the name suggests – all over the shop!
Coopersmith Barbet – never seen so many + witnessed a pair mating.
Orange Bellied Flowerpecker – 1 pair seen in hotel grounds
Stripe Throated Bulbul – few around with young birds seen too.
Streaked Eared Bulbul – very abundant and loud
Eurasian Tree Sparrow – all around, scrawnier than our birds here.
Abbott’s Babbler – lifer for me seen @ Sri Phang Nga national park.
Barn Owl – seen 1 day only in hotel grounds in tree next to hotel spa.
Yellow Vented Bulbul – all around
Yellow Bittern – seen in small lake 2 minutes from hotel entrance – lifer for me
Turnstone – seen at Cape Pakarang (wader hotspot)
Taigia Flycatcher – seen for 10 seconds only in resort – lifer for me
Terek Sandpiper – 10 or so seen at Cape Pakarang – lifer for me
Germains Swiftlet – I think?
Spotted Wood Owl – seen in Thai Muang – lifer for me
Spicefinch – seen around resort in grassy areas
Peaceful Dove – dotted around the trails in resort
Pacific Swallow – all around
Oriental Magpie Robin – pretty common and vocal
Little Egret – seen at Cape Pakarang
Grey Headed Pygmy Woodpecker – seen close to hotel – lifer for me
Grey Wagtail – 1 bird seen on dirty stream near a hotel
Greater Sand Plover – seen at Cape Pakarang – lifer for me
Forest Wagtail – lifer for me seen @ Sri Phang Nga national park.
Eurasian Curlew – 15 counted at Cape Pakarang
Common Tailorbird – seen all around resorts visited
Common Kingfisher – 6 different birds seen in 4 different locations.
Collared Scops Owl – lifer for me – family of 5 living above our hotels security hut!
Chestnut Headed Bee-eater – small groups seen regularly.
Brown Throated Sunbird – most common sunbird seen on holiday.
Brown Backed Shrike – pair seen only 5 minutes form our hotel
Brahminy Kite – seen daily
Blue Whistling Thrush (young bird) Seen close to hotel entrance – lifer for me
Black Naped Oriole – seen around resort, pic taken by hotel pool.
Black Crested Bulbul – – lifer for me seen @ Sri Phang Nga national park.
Asian Glossy Starling, small groups seen all over.
Asian Brown Flycatcher – lifer for me single birds seen around resort.
American or Pacific Golden Plover?? – lifer for me either way – several seen at Cape Pakarang
Chestnut Naped Forktail – lifer for me seen @ Sri Phang Nga national park.
Banded Pitta – lifer for me seen @ Sri Phang Nga national park.
I will do anther post in a day or so showing the habitat and a few more birds pics once I have edited these, hope you liked this long post sorry about that!