Saturday, December 11, 2010

Doi Lang - Part 5

December 11 2010. 26th of November was the last day of my 5 days Northern Thailand Trip, I had till 10 am to do a last round of shooting at the foothill of Doi Lang before heading to the airport. I went back to the Pink Cassia Tree which was discovered by some Thai Photographers on the previous day.

At 7 am I saw some species of Sunbirds, White-eye and Leafbirds came to the tree. I was very excited to see the birds coming. The birds came to feed on the flower nectar. Unfortunately It was windy and foggy. The bad weather condition caused most of my shots blur.

Foggy and windy condition


At 8.30 am, the fog started to clear and the wind slowed down. The golden morning sunlight created a perfect shooting condition.


My first lifer of the day is the colorful Gould's Sunbirds.



The Black-throated Sunbird was also attracted to the pink Cassia tree.


I got 2 species of White-eye from the same tree. There were Chestnut-flanked and Oriental White-eye.




A pair of Orange-bellied Leafbird :

Female

Male

An un-expected visitor also came to the tree, a Female Daurian Redstart :

Female Daurian Redstart
It was a very productive morning. I got 4 species of lifers at the pink Cassia Tree.

Overall my 5 days at Northern Thailand were full of excitement. I enjoyed the beautiful landscape of Northern Thailand and food. I managed to photographed over 30 species of birds. I would like to thank my bird guide, Mr Panuwat Sasirat (whoever interested on his bird guide tour, click the link here: wildbirdeco), who has worked very hard to find many species of birds and also his hospitality during my trip at Chiang Mai.

Thanks for reading.

10 comments:

madibirder said...

Fabulous shots especially the sunbirds. Excellent trip.

Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok said...

It's always fun taking photos of birds at the flowering trees. Really nice to read a story of your trip here.

Choy Wai Mun said...

Great write-up and photos from your trip. Well done!

Friend of HK said...

The colours of the birds and the flowers are so beautiful!

Wong Tsu Shi said...

Excellent photos!

saandipng said...

Fabulous Photographs !!! Very much impressed by your sightings & i am changing my mind to do photogrphic tour in this area by end of Jan 2011. Any tips from your side is lifer for me.. Merry Christmas & a Happy new year.

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Hi saandipng,

Jan is a good timing to visit Doi Lang.
The Ranger check-point near the summit (behind the kitchen) is a good place to look for birds. You can also walk upward or downward from the check-point (morning or evening), along the trail you will find some interesting targets for photographing.
A guide will be helpful for a trip like this.
Good luck for your trip.

Anonymous said...

Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

- Daniel

saandipng said...

Thankyou.. will surely keep in mind & thanks for replying back.

Saandip Nandagudi said...

Thanks .. Will surely keep these things in mind. & thanks again for replying
Regards
Saandip