KAENG KRACHAN, A TASTE OF NATURE.FEBRUARY 2013


Hello again to all my guests.First of all, I would like to apologize for my delay posting new posts.I was busy at work and i didn t have too much time to explore nature.

Kaeng Krachang is a national park that doesn’t upset any birdwatcher.With more than 260 species of birds and a remarkable variety of mammals,it s one of the most interesting national parks to explore.Access to the park is not as easy as it should be.You need your own vehicle.First I took a van until Petchaburi ( or “Petbuli”,as thais call it ).From there,I rent a motorbike at a guesthouse and i rode for 50 km until the national park headquarters.Once there, i slept one night out of the park and i had to pay for a 4 wheels  cars with other people to get inside the park.Motorbikes are not allowed to go inside the park.The entrance fee is 200 baths and 1200 baths for the car.I shared my expenses with other people so i only payed 150 baths for transportation.I was lucky enough that they wanted to get to both campsites.So it was really a very good deal.

In the morning i woke up 6 o’clock am,ready to explore the guts of this amazing national park.We arrived at Panoeng Tung campsIte at around 8 o’clock due to the road was quite rough.I start to explore the surrounding where i could see  some remarkable birds.One of the most interesting birds i could hear very often was Great Barbet, but as the day was cloudy i couldn’t get an excellent view of these stunning bird with its full array of colours.Around the campsite i could see an Orange-bellied Leafbird,an excellent bird with a gorgeous orange breast and belly and a dark blue throat that makes it a must to see.I could spot a couple of Thick billed Pigeons on the right side of the road.The only problem i found there was that was overcrowded with thais wandering around.It was a national holiday, so i had to stand with that.

Around 9 o clock we went back to Bang Krang campsite, where i stopped at 10:30 am between the 3rd and 2nd stream, willing to explore this area.The first gift was given almost instantaneously,when a flock of Silver-breasted Broadbills appeared just a few meters in front of me.I was very delighted with these sightings for a long time.Among this flock of birds,it seems to appear a male white morph of an Asian Paradise Flycatcher but i cannot confirm it 100% as i got a glimpse for a brief period of time.Around this area some birdwatchers ( see picture ) were waiting in front of a nest of a Brown Hornbill for its appearance.A few meters after,a pair of Sultan Tits were seen on the left side of the road.White-rumped Shama is another beautiful bird, with its beautiful and varied song, that was moving along the road.Black-crested Bulbul,Ochraceous Bulbul and other species of bulbuls are easily seen along the road.After crossing the first stream ,on the left side, the noisy Green Magpie was wandering around.After getting into the bamboo i could get a perfect view of this stunning bird,with its conspicuous red bill and green feathers.Blue-naped Monarch was another excellent bird that i could spot on this part of the road.It s a bird that is always moving quite fast among the branches.On the last part of the road to Bang Krang i saw a Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher standing in a branch on a forest located on the left side and a Great Hornbill flying across the road.A Yellow-throated Martin crossed the road unexpectedly when i was close to the campsite.

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In the afternoon i tried to find another bird highlight, the White-fronted Scops Owl, that i found it around 3 pm just after the first stream,on the forest that was on the left side of the road,perching quietly on a branch, with its unmistakable facial shape and  white ” brows “.

At night time, i went around the campsite to find some nocturnal birds and mammals.Behind the restaurant, i could see a Porcupine several times and a Palm Civet only once, wandering around the garbage.The unmistakable sound of a Long-tailed Nightjar brought me to the parking lot of the campsite, where i could see it standing motionless on the road.After taking a picture it flew away.

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Next morning i woke up around 6 am,excited to get another drop of this superb beauty of  nature.After taking breakfast,around 8 o clock, an Oriental Pied Hornbill landed on a fruiting tree, next to the main office.It spent around 10 minutes eating the red fruits and after flew away.Fortunately i could take this picture that i post below.

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Around 8:30 am i continue along the road until the first stream.I saw again a Great Hornbill flying very near the road.After 100 meters from the campsite I spotted a Crimson Sunbird,an amazing sunbird with its unmistakable red head,breast and mantle and grey belly. Three Spangled Drongos and afterwards a Bronzed Drongo were another nice addition to my list. A Great Slaty Woodpecker was behind a dead tree,beside its nest.The male was calling the female while she was on the back of  the tree.On the middle way of the road to the first stream i could spot an Orange-breasted Trogon remaining motionless on a branch near the road.I spent around 5 minutes enjoying my sight with this five stars bird.

Time was running out and i had to come back to Petchaburi.I was so delightful with this amazing piece of nature !!!

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