Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thaksin Maharat National Park, Tak province

A short excursion to Thaksin Maharat NP on the way back from Mae Sot to Bangkok produced a nice selection of forest birds, though not the hoped for (dreamed for!) Rusty-naped Pitta, a species that has been recorded here in the past.

Today's highlights (in one hour's birding) included a male Black-throated Sunbird at least two Bianchi's Warblers,  close views of  a "Blyth's Leaf Warbler", and I managed to pull in a Hill Blue Flycatcher and several Grey-eyed Bulbuls with playback of a Collared Owlet call.  A flowering tree hosted lots of birds including an Ashy Bulbul, a Blue-winged Leafbird and a group of three Spangled Drongos.

I also picked up male Grey Bush Chat on the approach road and three Blue-throated Barbets in a fruiting tree in the carpark.

further south I got brief drive-by views of a cracking male Pied Harrier.

Part of the Blyth's complex...
...but which part?
Claudia's? Blyth's?...or Harterts? time for some DNA analysis!

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