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Day 8

           Khu Du Lich resort


Road Track

There was apparently a resort of the above name 800m into the forest, but we conducted our birding on the forest edge of the main road which led to this and also the dirt tracks through the forest itself. The forest edge was mainly broadleaf, which quickly became pine as we entered the tracks and then back to broadleaf again as we ventured further. Sun was shining strongly again on our last morning, and the session was so good that it canít be classed as a last morning fill in. There were some new birds for the trip, but the highlights were the stunning views of some species we had already seen but this time in real close up. The first bird of the day, Black-headed Parrotbill, exemplified this, showing for longer and in better light than the previous evening. Indochinese Barbet was arguably even more impressive, with crippling views in the strong early morning light. After a Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, a Long-tailed Broadbill was seen briefly within the vegetation, but a male and trio of female Scarlet Minivets almost burned with colour at the top of a tree. Just after sorting out the yellowish cast to the breast of a Klossís Warbler, a pair of Speckled Piculets were pinned down at the top of one of the pines, and a couple of Vietnamese Greenfinch likewise in the opposite direction.

Turning into the forest and on to the rough dirt track, a couple of Chestnut-vented Nuthatches fiddled around at the top of one of the pines. A short distance along the track, a tricky calling Blythís Leaf Warbler preceded a group of very active Red-billed Scimitar Babblers, whose bright red bill lived up to the name. Mrs Gouldís Sunbird and flythrough Maroon Oriole came just before an excellent finale in a semi clearing. Overhead and not too distant this time, a male Dalat Shrike Babbler gave stunning if not too elongated views. A female 10 minutes later tearing a butterfly to bits would pose for longer. Then a pair of Vietnamese Cutia were picked out directly overhead, and stayed for some time being only 10 metres or so above us. On the other side of the track, a Necklaced Barbet made up for my brief and incomplete views the day before, this time spending some time on open branches. Great finish to the trip birding, and finally completed on the walk back by perched Maroon Oriole this time and our last Large Niltava.

Ashy Drongo Black-headed Parrotbill Cutia
Ashy Drongo Black-headed Parrotbill Vietnamese Cutia
Indochinese barbet Dalat Shrike Babbler Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Indochinese Barbet Dalat Shrike Babbler female Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Scarlet Minivet Scarlet Minivet
Scarlet Minivet Scarlet Minivet female
Necklaced Barbet Red-billed Scimitar Babbler Speckled Piculet
Necklaced Barbet Red-billed Scimitar Babbler Speckled Piculet

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