Another 2 day trip to Kaeng Krachan NP got underway Saturday morning. After picking up Glen at 4am, we headed straight to the park. On arrival we birded the access road to Bang Kran campsite and bagged a fair few species, including Blue-Bearded Bee-Eaters, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey-Rumped Treeswifts, Black-Capped Kingfisher, Black and Red Broadbills, Dollarbirds and a Banded Broadbill.
After a spot of lunch, we headed back to the streams and began birding between the dam and stream 3. Black and Yellow Broadbills soon showed, followed up with a pair of Velvet-Fronted Nuthatches, a Bar-Winged Flycatcher-shrike and Sultan Tits added to an ever growing list. We were staying in the park for the night, so we headed back for another bite to eat and to set up camp. As Glen walked back from the shower block, he had the lucky experience to observe an Oriental Pied Hornbill raiding the nest of an unlucky Bulbul. One by one the hornbill plucked 4 chicks from the nest and duly swallowed them whole…. Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Madras were our specials of the evening… A welcome rain storm cleared the air and cooled things down a little which made for a more comfortable night. During the night we managed to get some great views of Malayan Porcupines and the Malayan Sun Bear.
|Greater Flameback Woodpecker|
|Black and Yellow Broadbill|
For the final morning, we decided to head back to the streams in hope of the Dusky Broadbill. The Duskys soon put in a show, ticking all the boxes to complete the set of all the lower level broadbills. The rest of the morning turned up plenty more nice birds including, Blue-Winged Leafbirds, Black-Naped Monarch, Kalij Pheasant, Chestnut-Breasted Malkoha, Grey-Headed Woodpecker, Oriental-Honey Buzzard and not forgetting Glen’s fantastic up close, eye level views of another Banded Broadbill.
The Drive out of the park gave us some nice views of a Crested Goshawk and Black-Thighed Falconets. A hugely successful couple of days had turned up over forty lifers for Glen. Quite rightly, a very happy chap he was…..
|Malayan Sun Bear|
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