My trip to Khao Yai was very rewarding.After driving 2 hours from Saraburi,the rain catches me in the middle of the road,inside the national park.A heavy rain,with lightnings,really frightened me.Even more, lights of the headquarters were off so we decided to put our tent inside the canteen.After we woke up at 4 o clock,we brought our stuff to Laem Ta Kong campsite,at 6 km from the headquarters.I woke up quite early,around 6 o clock and I rode to Pa Glua Mai Campsite , as i knew some good spots for birdwatching.I walked along the road to Haew Suwat waterfalls.At around 7:00 o clock in the morning,in the first part of the road I could spot a couple of Banded Kingfisher,the male and the female,on the right side of the road,singing and perching on some lower branches.After watching me,they disappeared in the forest quite fast.As usually,a flock of White-crested Laughingthrush were making a lot of noise,on the left side of the road,meanwhile a conspicuous White-rumped Shama was singing and moving next to one side of the road.Furthermore,a Moustached Barbet appeared at the top of a tree.Green-billed Malkoha was another good bird to see,that i found in the first meters of this road.A Giant Squirrel was eating fruits,in a high tree,just before arrived to Pa Glua Mai.
I came back to Laem Ta Kong at around 10 o clock,as it was getting hot.Around this area i could watch some common birds as a Dollarbird,Chinese Pond Heron,Red-wattled Lapwing and a Greater Coucal,picking up some branches on the grass.Other interesting birds that I saw were an Indian Roller,White-throated Kingfisher and a Common Flameback,near the headquarters.In the afternoon we saw a couple of Red Junglefowls on the way to Khao Khieo and a couple of Hill Mynas.Worth to mention was the sightings of White-handed Gibbons,near the junction to Prachinburi,and an Asian Elephant in the salt lick, near the Wildlife Tower, at around 2:30 o clock.
Next day we went to Pa Glua Mai campsite,but we didn t see to much to mention.Afterwards we went to the road to Khao Khiew and unexpectedly, the results were better.Just after 1 kilometer from the junction to Khao Khiew we saw the magnificent and superb Siamese Fireback !! the male, with its unmistakable red hood, and the female, at around 7 am.It was a small group of 4 individuals with one of the males displaying the yellow part of its back patch.I could take some pictures but as they were moving all time, the quality of them were not very good.They were walking on the road for 5 minutes and after went into the forest.
We continued to drive farther but we didn ‘t spot none of them.So after decided to come back to the same point were we saw them before, I went into the forest, just near the road,where i could find some interesting birds as Greater Yellownape,Puff-throated Bulbul,Yellow-rumped Flycatcher,White-rumped Shama and White-crested Laughingthrush at 7:30 am.Near the road we spotted a Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo and the awesome Green Magpie, eating fruits,with its beautiful green body,bluish crown and its conspicuous red bill.Another great bird was a Long-tailed Broadbill,calling,in a tree without leaves next to the road.Chestnut-bellied Malkoha and Blue-winged Leafbird were other interesting birds.A bizarre thing was to see a couple of wild dogs crossing the road at that time !!!!
In the afternoon we rode to km 33 at around 4 pm.Next to the road appeared a couple of Red-headed trogon and a Great Hornbill flying from a high branch at around the same time, 5pm.
Very pleased for our trip,although most of these birds I already saw them on previous occasions,I am excited to go back there in a couple of weeks !