Feb 102011

Took the early morning flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok , bargained a cab to Kaeng Krachan National Park at the Bangkok airport, Its a 3hr drive from Bangkok to this place. We also briefed the cab driver to cover Laem Pak Bia on way to Kaeng Krachan , Laem pak Bia is a good place to photograph shore birds, especially the spoonbill sandpiper. Laem pak bia is a vast area near the sea shore of Petburi province with many salt pans, hence it attracts gulls, plovers & sandpipers. As our driver dint know the exact route to this place, it took extra hrs to reach & by then the entry to this place was closed πŸ™ , So it was more of bird watching & no photography.

Laem Pak Bia.

We continued to Kaeng Krachan which was again a 1hr drive from Laem pak bia, Birding in Kaen Krachan National Park is a fullday event as you can start birding Β from the main gate till the top of the hill covering a total distance of 34Kms, soΒ aΒ full day birdwatching plan with packed breakfast & lunch is recommended.

Some of the photos shot in Kaeng Krachan & resort.
Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrike

Red Bear Bee-eater With prey

Red Beard Bee-eater With prey

Crested Serpent-Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher

This Greater Horbill was found at the topmost point of the hill.
Greater Hornbill

Greater Hornbill
Dusky Leaf Monkey
Black Naped Monarch
Hill top is an absolute sceneric place & here i met some fellow birders from other countries, exchanged thoughts & had lunch together.

View from summit (top) of Kaeng Krachan National park.

Around 3:00pm we finally started our journey back & saw this amazing bird of thailand ” Black Racket Tailed Treepie”, its a very shy bird & I got only a record shot of it.

Racket Tailed treepie

I was told that the Broadbills are seen here during May & June, but to my luck I could spot one , these birds have a different kind of calls which can attract anybody’s attention.
Longtailed Broadbill.
Spectacled Barwing.


Black Winged Cuckoo Shrike .

Lesser Racket Tailed Drongo.

Orange Breasted Trogan.

Reached our resort around 7:00pm, signed in early to bed.

Nextday morning was my memorable day in whole of Thailand trip as I got some best shots.


Black Creased Bulbul.
Abbott’s Babbler.

PTB Puff Throated Babbler.
Lesser Necklaced Laughing Thrush
Brown Cheeked Fulvetta.

White Crested Laughing Thrush

Ochraceous Bulbul-2

Ochraceous Bulbul

SBB4 copy

Stripe-Throated Bulbul.

BB (3)

Flavescent Bulbul

BB (4)

Streak-eared Bulbul


Black Headed Bulbul.


Siberian Blue Robin.

Banded Bay Cuckoo

Banded Bay Cuckoo – The bonus of the day was πŸ™‚ .

White-bellied Yuhina

White Bellied Yuhina.


Scaly Breasted Partridge.

Finally bid adieu to Suvarnabhumi & came back my Holy Karmabhumi πŸ™‚ .

Have got many other bird photos which i will upload on my Birds page under Gallery from time to time,

  5 Responses to “Birding in Thailand – Kaeng Krachan”

  1. What stunning photographs, Saandip!! Amazing work!! I just loved the dusky leaf monkey – so cute!!

  2. Thanks Krups πŸ™‚ …

  3. wow.. lovely photographs Saandip


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