Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Petchaburi province

The weekend was spent with my old friend Tom Brooks, who was keen to connect with Spoon-billed Sandpipers.

Afer arriving, dinner and beers on Friday night, we wee off to Pak Thale for dawn on Saturday and the waders didn't dissapoint, with two Spoon-billed Sandpipers (the first of which was leg-flagged, though too far away to read and too brief to photograph), 10 Red-necked Phalaropes and a single Dunlin, with another highlight being no less than four Slender-billed Gulls. The usual array of waders was present, with a particularly confiding Long-toed Stint the first birds of the day.

Long-toed Stint

Slender-billed Gull

We then checked Laem Pak Bia salt pans which held 74 Nordmann's Greenshank (my highest personal count), 800-1000 Great Knot, one or possibly two Little Stint, 14 Avocet, 129 Grey Plover (quite a notable count I think) and 41 Bar-tailed Godwit.

 After this we headed inland to Nong Plaa Lai rice fiends to look for raptors, quickly scoring an imm. Imperial Eagle, then 2-3 Greater Spotted Eagles, a single dark phase Booted Eagle and a party of 8+ Yellow-breasted Buntings.

Sunday was spent at Kaeng Krachan where the highlights were an Asian Emerald Cuckoo (a well overdue tick for me), excellent views of a pair of Scaly-breasted Partridge and a pair of Green Magpies nest-building.  Other notables included hearing Bamboo Woodpecker and Great Slaty Woodpecker as well as at least three Grey Peacock-Pheasant, whilst sightings included Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Swinhoe's Minivet two Great Eared Nightjar. Heard only nightbirds on Saturday evening included two Large-tailed Nightjar, four Brown Hawk Owls and two Collared Scops Owls.

In terms of mammals Banded Languars where very much in evidence, and we encountered a large group of Stump-tailed Macaques on our way out of the park.

Banded Languar

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