Trip report: Thailand custom tour (Jan-Feb 2017) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse and Laurie Ross. This was a custom tour

When it comes to vacation destinations, Thailand has it all: great lodgings, delicious food, scenery, good roads, safety, value for money and friendly people. In addition to both its quantity & quality of birds, it is also one of the most rapidly evolving destinations for bird photography. There are of course perennial favourite locations that always produce quality birds, but year on year, Thailand comes up with more and more fantastic sites for bird photography. On this custom tour, we followed the tried and tested set departure itinerary and found an impressive 420 species of birds and 16 species of mammals. Some of the highlights included: Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann’s Greenshank around Pak Thale; Wreathed Hornbill, Long-tailed & Banded Broadbills inside Kaeng Krachan National Park; Rosy, Daurian & Spot-winged Starlings at a roost site just outside; Kalij Pheasant, Scaly-breasted & Bar-backed Partridges at a private photography blind nearby; Siamese Fireback and Great Hornbill plus Asian Elephant & Malayan Porcupine at Khao Yai National Park; countless waterbirds at Bueng Boraphet; a myriad of montane birds at Doi Inthanon; Giant Nuthatch at Doi Chiang Dao; Scarlet-faced Liocichla at Doi Angkhang; Hume’s Pheasant & Spot-breasted Parrotbill at Doi Lang; Yellow-breasted Buntings at Baan Thaton; and Baikal Bush-Warbler & Ferruginous Duck at Chiang Saen. It was a truly unforgettable trip.

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