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THAILAND

Saturday 11th February - Saturday 4th March 2017

Dave Farrow

Banded Pitta (Dave Farrow)

Banded Pitta (Dave Farrow)

This years’ Birdquest to Thailand was once again a wonderful feast of forests and wetlands filled with great birds. Although dominated by hot dry weather that made the birding more difficult at times, we succeeded in finding most of our targets. We began on the coast where we saw Spoon-billed Sandpiper, White-faced and Malaysian Plovers, Asian Dowitchers, Nordmann’s Greenshanks, Pallas's Gull and Chinese Egrets. Heading inland to Kaeng Krachan National Park we saw Greater Spotted Eagles, Indochinese Bushlark, Black-thighed Falconet, Kalij and Grey Peacock Pheasant, Great, Wreathed and Tickell's Brown Hornbills, Green-legged Partridges, Dusky and Black-and-Yellow Broadbills, Collared Babbler, Large Scimitar Babbler and Ratchet-tailed Treepies. At Khao Yai we saw Siamese Firebacks, Silver Pheasant, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Orange-breasted Trogon, Orange-headed Thrush, Long-tailed Broadbill and Van Hasselt’s Sunbird. In the hills of the north (happily free of smoke this year) we found Mrs. Hume’s Pheasants, Hodgson’s Frogmouths, (including a male on a nest), Black-tailed Crake, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, Slender-billed Orioles, Giant Nuthatches, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Spot-breasted and Grey-headed Parrotbills, White-browed and Silver-eared Laughingthrushes, Rufous-backed Sibia, Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Spectacled Barwings, Brown-breasted Bulbuls and Crested Finchbills, and Spot-winged Grosbeaks. In fields alongside the Kok River we found Pied Harrier and dozens of Small Pratincoles, Yellow-breasted Buntings, Siberian Rubythroat and a Baikal Bush Warbler. At other sites we saw eight Green Peafowl, and at our final stop on Doi Inthanon we saw Rufous-throated Partridges, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Collared Falconet, Rufous-winged Buzzards, Black-headed Woodpeckers, White-browed and Lesser Shortwings, Dark-sided and Grey-sided Thrushes, Eyebrowed and Pygmy Wren Babblers, Slaty-bellied Tesia and White-crowned Forktail. On our South Thailand extension we saw Brown-winged and Ruddy Kingfishers, Mangrove and Malayan Banded Pittas, Green Broadbill, Black-and-Red Broadbills, more Nordmann's Greenshanks, Blyth’s Frogmouth and Chestnut-naped Forktail. Mammals also featured with Asian Elephants and White-handed Gibbon seen at Khao Yai, a huge troop of Stump-tailed Macaque at Kaeng Krachan, and a stunning Leopard Cat on the extension.

Nordmann's Greenshank (Dave Farrow)

Nordmann's Greenshank (Dave Farrow)