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Day 5

 

This was the day of the long drive, from Kaeng Krachan to Khao Yai, which was to take around 5 hours. First order of the day though was a post breakfast walk about 100 metres down the road from the lodge. The camp kitchen was now used to us, so out with the oh so English eggs and tinned sausage, and in with the much more appropriate and tasty Thai noodles. This set us up for a good hour or so in the area of the lodge. The three day stay hadn't alerted us to the presence of a couple of ponds here, along with a productive bit of scrub and small bushes alongside. We thusly quickly notched up Bronze-winged Jacanas on the water's edge. Two White-throated Kingfishers were eclipsed by a perched Black-capped Kingfisher, and closer approach to the water unearthed a couple of Yellow Bitterns. One or two particular bushes seemed to be favoured by perching birds, predominantly White-vented Mynas, but these also harboured a couple of Vinous-breasted Starlings. Tui became quite excited about a couple of groups of Sri Lanka Green Pigeons, but we were more interested in the Black-naped Orioles busily chasing each other. A distant favoured bare tree held Coppersmith Barbet and Blue-winged Leafbird, with the latter supplanted quickly by Golden-fronted Leafbird. Plain-backed Sparrows were on the wires overhead.

Scrub

Pool

Scrub near Samarn Bird Camp

Pool next to scrub

Plain-backed Sparrow

Vinous-breasted Starling

Plain-backed Sparrow

Vinous-breasted Starling

The long journey, which to be fair didn't seem to be quite as long as the 6 or so hours it actually took, really wasn't so bad. Worst part was the large middle section, which was back into the traffic and habitation around the outskirts of Bangkok. This was broken by a stop mid way, where we skirted some working rice paddies. The first was a bit of shock, leaving the comfort of the air conditioned van to the high heat of the outside world. The small paddy area here held a large collection of Cattle Egrets, some in fine breeding plumage, with smaller numbers of Little & Intermediate Egrets between. A second larger wet paddy was covered for images of common water birds, but turned up a pair of Greater Painted Snipe. Third and last stop was at a small lagoon, with 12 Cotton Pygmy Goose in the centre, and Blue-tailed Bee-eater on wires overhead.

Paddies

Open paddies

Paddies

Open paddies

Asian openbill Cattle Egret Intermediate Egret
Asian Openbill Western Cattle Egret Intermediate Egret

We reached the entrance to Khao Yai national park late afternoon, but still had another 31km to drive to the reception from the gates. On the way in, or more precisely the slow drive along the track to our lodge, we passed a Pig-tailed Macaque by the roadside, obviously used to being fed by visitors by its begging behaviour. A Samba was the first of two, the second being only metres from the accommodation. Even closer was a Red Muntjak, which defied all attempts to get too close. It wasn't at all bothered by our presence. Of the few birds we saw while settling in, the most impressive were Oriental Pied Hornbills, two of which eventually landed in the tree next to our room. The excitement still hadn't finished. When we returned to the accommodation after the evening meal, a Malayan Porcupine was slowly making its way across the lawn in front of our building.

Bungalow area

Red Junglefowl

Khao Yai accommodation area

Red Junglefowl

Red Muntjak Sambar Malayan Porcupine
Red Muntjak Sambar Malayan Porcupine

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