The majority of Thailand’s breeding birds nest between March and July, making this a great time to see many resident species as they construct nests, display and feed their young. In the forest this means that many of the resident species that can be very hard to find for much of the year suddenly become easier to see.
From 17th to 21st June I spent time at Kaeng Krachan national park and rice fields close to Petchaburi where I saw a lot of tricky to see forest birds as well as a lot of nesting species with young.
One of the rangers at Bang Krang showed us this nicely crafted Black-naped Monarch nest with these two lovely eggs inside it. Mother and father were away and we decided not to hang around and disturb them.
We were lucky to be shown this Eared Pitta in its nest. This is a difficult bird to find at any time of the year and it was the first time I have seen one on its nest so this was a very nice experience. We did not stay very long as we did not want to scare the bird off of its nest.
Other species that we saw with nests included Dusky Broadbill, Black-and-red Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Black-winged Stilt, Baya Weaver, Streaked Weaver and Asian Golden Weaver. Other species that we saw fledged juveniles of included Flavescent Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Large Niltava, Dusky Broadbill and Ashy Woodswallow.
As you can see from the quality of the photographs, the light was often quite poor in the forest due to cloudy and rainy weather. The weather is one disadvantage of birding in June but the advantages are that the number of difficult to find birds is very high – much higher than can be expected in the dry season.