Some Great Birding at Kaeng Krachan: Thailand Birding


Over the last month I have made several visits to Kaeng Krachan National Park where the birding has been getting better and better and I have found many colourful resident species consistently; 6 species of Broadbill on each of my last three visits has been particularly enjoyable and something that is practically impossible to achieve during the months November-February when most bird watchers visit Thailand.

Woodpeckers are another group of birds that I am particularly fond of and these species have been performing well too recently, and I have seen normally scarce birds such as Great Slaty Woodpecker, Black-andbuff Woodpecker, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker and Crimson-winged Woodpecker on a regular basis since mid March.

The recent good birding at Kaeng Krachan, which continues now, has been no surprise to me as every year I look forward to my visits to this excellent location from mid March onwards to the end of July when resident ¬†forest species are breeding, making them much easier to find than in the “winter” months when many of them are seen very seldom. Regular sightings of Banded Kingfisher, Orange-breasted Trogon, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Collared Babbler, Black-thighed Falconet and Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher have made birding Kaeng Krachan this month very enjoyable.

With migration in full flow in April this is always a good time of the year at Kaeng Krachan for passage migrants and I have seen plenty of these species recently; Siberian Thrush, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Crow-billed Drongo and Indian Cuckoo are all species that I do not usually see but are regular at this time of the year.

On my most recent trip we also had some magic moments with Hooded Pitta, Blue-winged Pitta and Blue Pitta in just 2 days; something which can only happen between April and July at Kaeng Krachan. Hopefully I will get back there in the next week or so and I will look forward to the same time next year.

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