Trip report: Thailand, custom tour (Mar-Apr 2010) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse.

We timed this custom tour to overlap with the southern extension of the set departure tour. This enabled us to join another group for forest birding in the south where we picked up some real gems like Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Long-tailed & Green Broadbills and Banded Pitta. We also spent an additional week at 3 fantastic mountainous sites in the northwest where we found some hard-to-see species including Hume’s Pheasant, Giant Nuthatch, Collared Falconet, Black-tailed Crake, Red-faced Liocichlas, 3 species of forktails, 4 species of wren-babblers and many other special birds. Some opportunistic shorebirding scored us the mega Spoon-billed Sandpiper and we finished at Chiang Saen on the Laos border adding River Lapwing and Small Pratincole along with a host of freshwater aquatic species. Covering such a wide range of habitats and geographical areas helped us reach an incredible 350 species in just 12 days.

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