Saturday, December 17, 2011

Some Waterbirds at Thale Noi

During the trip to Krung Ching Waterfall on early September, we also took the opportunity to explore the famous Thale Noi Lake at Patalung. Our primary target was to photograph the Pheasant-tailed Jarcana, unfortunately September was not the right timing to see the Pheasant-tailed Jarcana at this area.

The Boat Ride on Thale Noi Lake

Searching for the waterbirds at the Lotus plant habitat

We were very delighted to find the Bronze-winged Jarcana and Purple Swamphen.

Bronze-winged Jarcana

Bronze-winged Jarcana

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen with its young chicks

An Un-common species at this area, the Cotton Pygmy Goose

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Javan Frogmouth

Javan Frogmouth

In early September this year, I went to the Krung Ching Waterfall of Khao Luang National Park at Southern Thailand. One of the primary target of the trip was the Javan Frogmouth. After numerous attempts to find the bird along the park main road, we ended with no sighting of the bird.

The Main Road at Krung Ching Waterfall

On the last day of the trip, we were getting desperate of finding the target bird. The local guide suggested to "venture" into the forest. At first I was a bit reluctant and fear of bumping into a king cobra inside the forest canopy. I could not resist the temptation of getting the photo lifer. I followed the guide into the forest. It was a big challenge carrying the bulky equipments, moreover the hilly terrain made the hiking  very tough. Here is the video clip of the adventure inside the forest:

Shooting under the forest canopy. The Javan Frogmouth perched few meter away

In birding, we always say "no pain no gain". This video is a good testimony of the "no pain no gain" motto.

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