Thailand is a best place for photography, be it temples, landscapes , people or nature.
It was a last minute sketch to do bird photography in thailand. One of my friend Mr.Lean Yen Loong from Oriental Bird Club hinted some pro & cons for bird photography in exotic kingdom of thailand. Prior to travel I had exchanged emails with experts in birdwatching who are pioneers for many years in their geographic regions. I was accompanied by my friend Srihari who is also a travel agent.
My first stop was northern thailand & then on to western thailand & central offcourse.
Pure vegetarians will have problem with food in this country, I managed to pack few “ready to eat” from MTR Bangalore. But Bangkok had a vegetarian restaurant called “Aryas”
Touchdown was Suvarnabhumi airport at Bangkok & took a connecting flight to Chiangmai. At Chiangmai airport our Selfdrive 4WD Toyota pickup truck was waiting & immediately without wasting time we drove to Doi Inthanon which is around 85Kms.
First check point at Doi Inthanon National Park , Entrance fees is 400 baht / head.
Saw this tepmle on way to Doi inthanon
Next stop was the Wachirathan waterfalls, found Plumbeous Redstart & Slaty backed forktail here.
Plumbeous Redstart -Female
Saw one more signboard of a waterfall , but no birds there.
Next stop was at Mr.Deang Shop for breakfast, Mr.Deang is a veteran & a master in birdwatching around this place. Local birdwatcher visit this place & report latest sightings in the log book which is kept at this place & is maintianed for years. This shop has some rooms for those who want to stay overnight & do birding next day. Shop is full of bird photographs taken by best photographers who visited this region & has collection of books on birds , field guides & even a map sketched by himself for birdwatching around his place.
We then headed to the summit(Top) of Doi Inthanon & did some bird watching & photographing ,Doi Inthanon is a fabulous sceneric place to photograph landscapes .
Grey Bushchat – Male
Gey Buschat – Female
Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird
Yellow Vented Warbler
Found some record shots of flycatchers at Mr.Deang place, sorry for poor quality 🙂
Hill Blue Flycatcher- Male
Hill Blue Flycatcher- Female
Later that evening we proceeded to Doi Angkhang
Doi Angkhang was a flop show as I had high hopes of bird count there, many photographers had good count of birds shown in their blogs , but for me it was more of a scenic place & less of bird photography , I managed to get some bird photos but not to my expectations. 🙂
I started birdwatching in the early morning & its very difficult to photograph as the tempertuare was around 9 to 10 degrees with fogging & poor visibility, Sun usually can be seen here at around 8:00AM, at around 8:30AM I head to the nearby military campsite & started birding around. The army personnel are very friendly, they hinted some places to go around for birdwatching.
Saw this cute little nuthatch near the army checkpoint.
Yellow Vented Bulbul
It was no point to waste more time here, so came back to hotel packed the luggage & changed the lens to wide angle , took some landscape photos of Royal project & headed to our next stop at 100kms called Thaton.