For all of us who love Thailand October 13th 2016 is a very sad day with the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, aged 88. Apart from his steadying influence on Thailand, the way his activities most affected me were in the many Royal Projects that he initiated that are good places for birding. King Bhumibol initiated a large number of projects around the country which were designed to help rural folk which range from agricultural projects such as those at Doi Ang Kang (Chiang Mai) and Chang Hua Mun (Petchaburi), flood-mitigation projects such as Kaem Ling Nong Yai in Chumporn and the well-known experimental wastewater treatment project at Laem Pak Bia (Petchaburi) which most birders in Thailand will have visited.
There will be a long period of mourning in Thailand and many tributes to the King who devoted his life to helping the people of his country. My tribute will be a simple one; a gallery of bird photographs taken at the Royally Initiated Project at Laem Pak Bia, a site that has given much to birds and bird watchers thanks to the foresight of King Bhumibol.