Thai trip report

To: Greg Little <>
Subject: Thai trip report
From: Ed Williams <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:49:39 +1000
Hey Greg,

Spoon-billed Sandpiper... that rocks!

Who guided for you?



Ed Williams
Kingsville VIC

On 12/04/2012, at 3:15 PM, "Greg Little" <> wrote:

> Gooday BA
> We recently returned from a successful birding trip in north-west Thailand,
> between 12th and 28th March 2012. The guide collected us from Bangkok
> Airport took us to some great birding locations and at the end of the trip
> dropped us off at Chiang Mai Airport from where we caught a flight to
> Bangkok then home to Sydney. The guide was exceptionally good at finding and
> identifying a wide variety of birds, especially the small and difficult to
> identify birds, and was able to keep costs down with good accommodation and
> meals. Interesting places included birding around low coastal salt pans and
> paddy fields near Phetchaburi, rainforest at Kaeng Krachan and higher
> altitude vegetation at Doi Inthanon (with Mr Deangs accommodation and
> meals). The guide recorded 438 bird species (about 1004 bird species in
> Thailand) during the trip although some of these he heard but we did not
> see. I recorded in my notebook 398 species of which I had seen 61 leaving
> 337 new species/ticks/lifers for me. Judy saw approximately the same number.
> We also saw heaps of mammals and some reptiles and frogs.
> Highlights for me were Kalij Pheasant, Painted and Milky Storks, Collared
> Falconet, Barred Buttonquail, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, heaps of Drongos,
> White-fronted Scops Owl, Tickells Brown Hornbill feeding red berries to
> female in nest, heaps of Barbets, heaps of Woodpeckers including the
> Speckled Piculet and Pygmy Woodpecker, Long-tailed Broadbill nesting, heaps
> of Minivets, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, heaps of Bulbuls, heaps of Warblers
> including lots of the Phylloscopidae warblers, heaps of Babblers of all
> sorts, Laughing-thrushes, Spectacled Barwing, Spot-breasted Parrotbill,
> Giant Nuthatch, Slaty-backed Forktail, lots of Flycatchers, Spot-winged
> Grosbeak, Buntings etc etc. I can send a complete list if wanted.
> Greg Little
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