Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kaeng Krachan (The Final Week)

 Well the school holidays have finally come to a sad end!! So, there just had to be one final trip to KK before getting back to work.. After 7 weeks of KK, Chiang Dao, Doi Inthanon, Mae Wong, Chaloem Phrakiat, Sri Phang Nga plus quite few local trips (over 6000km!!) KK seemed the only place......... I really think this is my favourite place in Thailand.. No sooner had we got to Ban Krang many birds were showing. Top of my list for this this trip were Black Backed Kingfisher and Hooded Pitta, so I was happy to be informed the BB was showing well at stream 1. Stream 1 was buzzing with activity and I soon got some of my best ever pics of the BB. Also two more lifers for the morning a Crimson Winged Woodpecker and Dusky Broadbill showed well.....

Black Backed Kingfisher

Black Backed Kingfisher

Dusky Broadbill
Crimson Winged Woodpecker


The following morning we returned for some more shots and to try to get the Hooded Pitta. Unfortunately it didn't show, but  I did manage a single Blue Pitta and a Blue Winged Pitta.

Blue Pitta
Blue Winged Pitta

There were still plenty of Broadbills about,but we didn't manage to get up to PT for the Long Tailed this time.A nice Silver Breasted was doing some construction work near the damn and the Black and Red was in and out by the crossing at Ban Krang

Black and Red Broadbill

Silver Breasted Broadbill

The final morning turned up Green Eared Barbets, a Crested Serpent Eagle and a Laced Woodpecker.
On the way back down we sat for an hour in the hide waiting for the Blue Bearded Bee-Eater that was feeding young.. Although they were heard they didn't want to show... next time!.
Overall, a rewarding 3 days. KK never disappoints.....................

1 comment:

  1. What a nice collection of photos here. I really miss these colourful birds at KKC!